Iran’s Envoy, Russian Deputy FM Discuss Azerbaijan-Armenia Border Issue
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Kazzem Jalali conferred with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko on the recent developments at Armenia-Azerbaijan border.
Jalali and Rudenko discussed various regional issues, including the Karabakh and the Armenian-Azeri border issues.
Armenian media recently reported, citing official Armenian sources, that the forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan had advanced up to 3.5 km into the Armenian soil in one of the border areas.
Azeri news sources, however, had previously reported that during the First Karabakh War, Armenian forces illegally took control of some border areas of Azerbaijan in addition to Karabakh.
Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September 27, 2020 with intense battles raging in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The area experienced flare-ups of violence in the summer of 2014, in April 2016 and July 2020. Azerbaijan and Armenia have imposed martial law and launched mobilization efforts. Both parties to the conflict have reported casualties, among them civilians.
In November, the two sides agreed to a deal mediated by Moscow that saw an effective pause to the fighting. It entailed a package of measures that saw Russian peacekeepers deployed to prevent further escalations, as well as handing over swathes of territory previously held by pro-Armenian authorities to Azerbaijan.
In relevant remarks last week, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Khatibzadeh invited Armenia and Republic of Azerbaijan to exercise self-restraint, to refrain from any conflict and to respect borders.
Khatibzadeh voiced Iran's readiness to help solve peacefully the dispute between two neighboring countries.