Never mind that Russia is obliged to support Armenia under Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty Organization charter.
Moscow calls on Baku and Yerevan to refrain from actions that could further escalate the situation on the border, a deputy spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Bikantov, said in a statement on Friday, July 30.
In the wee hours of July 28, the Azerbaijani armed forces attacked the Armenian positions in Gegharkunik province, triggering local battles. Three Armenian troops were killed, five others were wounded in the process, the Defense Ministry said, adding that the Azerbaijani forces have been thwarted back to their positions. The Azerbaijanis fired on Armenian positions on July 29 too, injuring one more soldier.
Azerbaijani forces resorted to fresh provocations against Armenia on Friday, July 30, the Defense Ministry reports.
In particular, the Azeri military used sniper rifles and various caliber guns to fire on the Armenian positions in Yeraskh, Ararat province. The Armenian army took suppressive measures to silence the Azerbaijani troops. No casualties were reported on the Armenian side.
Armenian air defense units have downed an Aerostar drone belonging to the Azerbaijani military, the Defense Ministry reported publishing images from the wreckage.
The army stopped the attempts of Azerbaijani UAVs to violate Armenia’s airspace in Gegharkunik province on July 29 evening.