Armenia has requested military support from Russia following a border breach by Azerbaijan troops, Reuters and several other sources reported on May 14.
Earlier this week, hundreds of Azerbaijan special forces personnel entered Armenia territory in the eastern province of Gegharkunik and the southern province of Syunik. No clashes were reported. Yet, the “encroachment” led to serious tensions between the two countries.
Azerbaijan accepted to withdraw its troops under an initial agreement with Armenia. However, the agreement was not implemented in full. In response, Armenian caretaker Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan opted to request assassinate from Russia.
“Yesterday an agreement was reached that today Azerbaijan’s armed forces should leave Armenian territory,” Interfax news agency quoted Pashinyan as saying at a meeting about the border. “This agreement has been partially fulfilled; there are territories that the Azerbaijanis did indeed leave. But, since the agreement was not fulfilled completely, today I have approached the president of Russia…for military assistance.”
Following Pashinyan’s request, Russian troops from the 102nd Base in Armenia were dispatched to Syunik in order to enforce the agreement.
BREAKING – Sputnik Armenia reports #Russia peacekeeping column headed towards southern Armenia amid ongoing tension with #Azerbaijan. Head of Rus. Peacekeeping contingent in #NagornoKarabakh participating in border negotiations. (1)
— Nagorno Karabakh Observer (@NKobserver) May 15, 2021
The border incident is the first major escalation between the two countries since last year, when Azerbaijan carried out a large offensive on Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The battle ended on November 10 with a Russian-brokered ceasefire.
Ever since the battle in Nagorno-Karabakh, the situation on Azerbaijani-Iranian has been unstable. On March 15, two Azerbaijani border guards were killed by Iranian drug smugglers near the border line.