YEREVAN. – Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan has stated that the tension on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact has recently decreased; the shootings from large-scale weapons have become less frequent and the situation is under control. NEWS.am reports.
Minister Ohanyan made the statement at the funeral serviceman Mikayel Torosyan, who was killed on the border of Karabakh on Friday..
“Although this incident happened during the last two days – as a result of which we had two victims – we can say that the situation is under control. Armenian Armed Forces are implementing their tasks at high level on both Armenian and Artsakh borders. Soldiers must be a little more attentive in the issues related to security,” the Minister said.
Ohanyan also stressed that in such cases the only consolation is to be with the parents of the victims and comfort them.
Referring to news reports that the issue of returning the bordering territories was discussed during Russian FM Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Yerevan, Ohanyan said that the vision of the Armenian side on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement is unalterable.
“I want all of us to understand the reality which exists today and to also know that the standpoints of the Armenian military and political leadership on the Karabakh issue settlement are as follows: exclusively peaceful settlement of the issue, mutual agreement through dialogue, creation of a climate of trust on the Line of Contact, devoid of all kinds of shootings and diversions, as well as creation of international investigation conditions on the basis of military expertise. What is circulated among the public and media, is personal analysis, which has nothing to do with the reality. We must all understand that if something happens to Artaskh, we will fight for each piece of its land the way we did in the years of Artaskh Liberation War.”