Armenia: We will take 'all necessary measures' to ensure security of Nagorno-Karabakh's citizens — PM Pashinyan

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made a televised address to the nation following the aggravation of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the clashes between Baku and Yerevan on Sunday. «In 1994, the Republic of Armenia has signed the Ceasefire Agreement, and now the country will take all necessary measures in political, diplomatic and military fields to ensure the physical security of the Nagorno-Karabakh citizens and to enforce peace. At the moment, the enemy is suffering significant losses in troops and equipment,» he said. During his speech, Pashinyan also addressed «the OSCE Minsk Group and the entire international community» to pay attention to the «gravity» of the current situation, urging them to deter «any possible intervention by Turkey.» «The beginning of a large-scale war in the South Caucasus, which we are on the verge of, can lead to the most unpredictable consequences. It can go beyond the region and take on a much larger scale, threatening international security and stability. I call on the international community to use all its leverage to deter any possible intervention by Turkey, which will ultimately destabilise the situation in the region,» the minister concluded. On Sunday, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev also made a televised address to the nation, saying that «Azerbaijan didn’t resort to any provocation», and it only defends its interests. Earlier the Defence Ministries of Azerbaijan and Armenia posted footage showing the alleged shooting from both sides. According to the information provided by the Ministry of Defence of Armenia, at least two helicopters, 14 drones and military vehicles of Azerbaijan were destroyed by the troops of unrecognised republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, however the Azerbaijani side denied the allegations of military vehicles' destruction. The Defence Ministry of Azerbaijan reported that the country's army had not been shooting at Armenian civilians, and added that Armenia was the first to open fire, with Azerbaijan launching a counter-offensive operation as a response to these actions. The Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan also reported that there were Azerbaijani civilian casualties after the Armenian side shot at the villages located at the line of contact. Pashinyan made the decision to declare martial law, and announced a nation-wide mobilisation. «The government of Armenia made the decision to declare a state of martial law announcing nation-wide mobilisation on the territory of the republic. The decision comes into force after its publication. All military personnel assigned to army forces are to be summoned to their military commissariats. In the name of the Motherland, in the name of Victory,» Pashinyan wrote on his Facebook account. The Parliament of Azerbaijan also decided to declare a state of martial law in some of the country's cities. The state of martial law as well as mobilisation were declared in unrecognised republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed support to Azerbaijani authorities and confirmed that «Armenian leaders are trying to use civilians as puppets. I call on the world community to support the fair position of Azerbaijan which is resisting the policy of occupation and violence.» The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for the «sides to cease fire immediately and to commence negotiations in order to stabilise the situation.» The head of the Russian MFA in dialogue with his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan offered mediation attempts to help de-escalate the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Leaders of France, Austria, Germany and other European countries also called for a suspension of military operations and negotiations. ©Armenian Prime Minister's Office.
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