AZERBAIJAN MOVES INTO ARMENIAN SYUNIK REGION, ATTEMPTS TO CAPTURE MORE TERRITORIES

Not everybody is sitting with bated breath looking at the developments in the West Bank.

Some or taking the opportunity for gains.

An example of this is Azerbaijan, which took the opportunity to invade 3.5 kilometres deep into the Republic of Armenia and snatch the entirety of Sev Lake.

Sev Lake, a glacial lake at an elevation of 2.678m above the sea level, is divided between Armenia, which holds 70% of it in its border, and Azerbaijan with the remaining 30%.

The Deputy Mayor of Goris Municipality in Armenia’s southern Syunik province, Menua Hovsepyan said:

“Yesterday Turkish (Azerbaijani) officers arrived at the pastures of Ishkhanasar and said that according to their GPS the lake near the village belongs to Azerbaijan.”

The Armenian Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Azerbaijani military advanced in Syunik province “Early in the morning of May 12.”

“The Azerbaijani Armed Forces, tried to ‘adjust the border’ by carrying out certain work in one of the border regions of Syunik,” they said, adding: “negotiations are underway to resolve the situation.”

Later in the day, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu held a phone call with his Armenian counterpart Vagharshak Arutyunyan to discuss the “situation in areas where the Russian peacekeeping contingent is on a mission in Nagorno-Karabakh, and also other issues of mutual interest.”

Acting Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan also spoke with Russia’s Sergei Lavrov about the incident on the state border of Armenia and emphasized the “inadmissibility of such provocations from the Azerbaijani side.”

According to the Vice-Mayor of Goris, Irina Yolyan, “hundreds of Azerbaijani soldiers advanced three kilometers towards the village of Verishen.”

“The Armenian side did not have defense, there was no one there with whom the enemy should have had a skirmish,” Irina continued.

“The situation is extremely dangerous, as 9 communities in the region use Sev Lake for irrigation,” the Vice-Mayor stressed.

Negotiations involving Russian peacekeepers, commanders from the Armenian Army first corps and the Azerbaijani military were held to get the Azeris return to their original positions, but without any success so far.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan confirmed that Azerbaijan seized Sev Lake, but that there were no skirmishes between Armenian and Azerbaijan forces.

He described the situation as critical and said they are trying to resolve the issue through peaceful negotiations.

The seizure of Sev Lake comes as Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry announced major military exercises scheduled between May 16-20.

The exercises will have the participation of 15,000 servicemen, several hundred units of military equipment, including armored vehicles, artillery and 50 units of aviation equipment.

As expected, Armenia’s issues with Baku’s ambition haven’t yet concluded, and appears they are far from being done.

Via https://southfront.org/azerbaijan-moves-into-armenian-syunik-region-attempts-to-capture-more-territories/