Azerbaijan on Saturday accused arch-foe Armenia’s troops of killing its soldier in a new clash amid a Western-mediated push to cauterise the protracted conflict in the South Caucasus.
Friday’s skirmish violating the brittle truce comes a day after the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that the presidents of the two feuding nations were ready to “meet each other later this year” in an effort to end years of hostility.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a dispute over the separatist Nagorny Karabakh region since a bloody war in the early 1990s following the breakup of the Soviet Union.
“On July 24, Armenian army units shelled Azerbaijani positions” at the Karabakh frontline and the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border, the defence ministry in Baku said in a statement.
One Azeri serviceman was killed in crossfire, said the defence ministry, claiming that at least five Armenian troops were killed in the clash.