Armenian PM Says Azerbaijan Amasses Troops Which Threatens Escalation

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that Azerbaijan has been amassing its military presence along the border with unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh and the border with Armenia in recent days. He was quoted by Radio Azatutyun, European Pravda reported. According to Pashinyan, the military and political situation in the region has deteriorated over the past week and that Azerbaijan has been accumulating forces along the border with Nagorno-Karabakh and the border with Armenia for several days. The Prime Minister reminded that recently there was another border skirmish, in which 3 Armenian soldiers were killed. In addition, the blockade of the Lachin corridor continues, and Baku claims that Armenia is violating the ceasefire regime. Nikol Pashinyan considers these events as signals that Azerbaijan is preparing a new armed provocation against unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. Moreover, he urged the international community to react in order to prevent a new war. Pashinyan added that Yerevan continues to support the agreements reached during meetings in Brussels and Prague in 2021-23. In addition, he considers Baku-Stepanakert dialogue within the framework of an international mechanism and the unblocking of the Lachin corridor according to the decisions of the UN International Court of Justice important for the resolution of issues with the security of Armenians in Karabakh. “Based on all this, Armenia is ready and eager to sign an agreement on peace and settlement of relations with Azerbaijan. We are supporters of peace,” Pashinyan claimed. Earlier Nikol Pashinyan called it a strategic mistake that Armenia had relied only on Moscow for security issues.