More than a year has passed since the end of the war, and in general the situation is relatively stable, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, News.Az reports.
The president noted that if we talk about the area of ââresponsibility of the Russian peacekeeping forces in Karabakh, the situation is more stable than the situation on the Armenian-Azeri border: âThe reason is, unfortunately, that Armenia has not given up on its attempts at revenge. The defeat in the Second Karabakh War was very painful for them. The defeat destroyed their nearly 30-year-old propaganda and their ideological basis on the “invincible army”, its “might”, the “courage of the soldiers. During the 44-day war, the Armenian army was completely destroyed and they were forced to sign an act of surrender on November 10, 2020, and agreed to return the territories that we did not recapture during the 44-day war. Therefore, there are signs of revanchism in Armenian society and in the political spectrum. Therefore, realizing that there is no chance of committing military provocations in the areas where Russian peacekeepers are stationed, they resort to military sabotage. ‘State.”
âAnother problem is that the state border between Azerbaijan and Armenia was not defined. The reason was the occupation of this part of Azerbaijani territories immediately after the restoration of independence at the start of the 90s. As a result, it was impossible to demarcate the borders, both physically and politically. Thus, when the Second Karabakh War ended in November of last year, the climate in this region was different from that of the other territories, ie high mountains and snowy areas. In May, the snow started to melt. As soon as this happened, the Azerbaijani army moved towards the border of the State and in accordance with our understanding of the border crossing, we took a stand on the state border. This is what happened. Unfortunately, for no reason, Armenia began to claim that the Azerbaijan intervened on the territory of Armenia. , we are where we think our territory is, âthe president said.
Ilham Aliyev stressed that from the first days after the end of the Karabakh war, we proposed to Armenia to start working on the demarcation of the borders and to establish a joint working group on the delimitation and to clarify all disputes in the region: âAfter the end of the war, that is, after a period of one year, Armenia repeatedly tried to commit military provocations on the border of the ‘State. All of them have failed. As a result of all these attempts, they lost their military positions and Azerbaijan reinforced its positions on the state border. The same situation happened last month. At that time, they deliberately provoked the Azerbaijani army and this lasted for several days. During the first days, no shots were fired, as Azerbaijani soldiers explained to them that the area did not belong to them and that they had to leave, which they did. But they launched artillery attacks on us. We have lost several people killed and injured. Now the situation is stable. We ourselves hadn’t planned anything, otherwise we wouldn’t have stopped. The November 16 clash lasted less than a day. It started in the morning and ended at 6-7 p.m. So, if we had planned it, we would not have stopped, because Armenia does not have the military capacity to stop us anywhere.
âWe don’t have such plans, so we stopped. We want peace, there have been enough wars. We want stability, predictability and zero risk for any attempt at revenge by Armenia. Therefore, we will closely monitor all their maneuvers, regroupings and all attempts to create a military potential that could be dangerous to us. If we see this happening, we will eliminate the danger immediately, and they know it. International players know this. If we see a positive dynamic, we will certainly benefit from it and help build peace. “