The NKR defense Ministry commented on the escalation on the contact line

В Минобороны НКР прокомментировали эскалацию на линии соприкосновения

The recent escalation of tensions on the contact line has nothing to do with the Azerbaijan military exercises, said on Friday the press-Secretary of the defense Army of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Senor Hasratyan.

Previously, the defense Ministry of Azerbaijan announced a planned mid-November large-scale military exercises.

“Regardless of Azerbaijan conducts military exercises or not, it keeps the tension on the frontline,” said Hasratyan, noting that while there is no peace agreement, there is a risk of such exacerbations. “The armed forces of Artsakh (the self-name of Nagorno-Karabakh) are willing to give back,” he added.

The NKR defense Ministry said Friday about the worsening situation on the contact line in Karabakh. To suppress the activity of the enemy defense Army of Karabakh retaliated. The NKR defense Ministry said that the responsibility for heightened tensions falls on Baku.

Armenia and Azerbaijan on 2 April said the worsening situation in the Karabakh conflict zone, defense Ministry of Azerbaijan reported, in particular, the attacks by the armed forces of Armenia, the Armenian defense Ministry has said it is “offensive actions” from the Azerbaijani side. The parties to the conflict on April 5 announced a cease-fire, however, periodically accuse each other of continued attacks.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988 when Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous region (NKAR) announced their withdrawal from the Azerbaijani SSR. In September 1991, in the centre of Nagorno-Karabakh Stepanakert it has been declared creation of Nagorno-the Karabakh Republic (NKR). The Azerbaijani authorities during the subsequent military conflict have lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh. Since 1992 negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict within OSCE Minsk group. Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity, Armenia protects interests of unrecognized Republic as Nagorno-Karabakh is not a party to the negotiations.