More deadly clashes reported in Karabakh, at Armenian-Azeri border

More deadly clashes reported in Karabakh, at Armenian-Azeri border

One Armenian serviceman has been killed in Nagorno-Karabakh and another one in Armenia’s Ararat province at the border with Azerbaijan during the past two days, according to media reports.

Official authorities have not yet published the names of the killed servicemen, one of which is believed to have served in the army on a contractual basis.

According to preliminary information, both servicemen were killed while repelling another attack attempted by Azeri commandos. The Azeri side is also believed to have incurred losses as a result of the engagements in which the Armenian military said they could duly rebuff the enemy.

The situation along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh and at the Armenian border with Nakhijevan, an Azerbaijani exclave to the southwest of Armenia, has remained tense since last month.

At least four Armenian servicemen, two of them at the border with Nakhijevan, were killed in late May-early June amid the escalating tensions.

The latest clashes come amid repeated calls for a meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan for fresh talks around the longstanding conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Many analysts also see a pattern in which Azerbaijan starts escalating tensions ahead of significant visits by top foreign officials to Armenia. It is remarkable that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to pay a visit to Yerevan on June 22-23.