Armenian News - NEWS.am presents the latest developments over Armenian-Azerbaijani border issues as of 14.05.21:
- The situation is still tense near the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. On Wednesday morning, Azerbaijani troops crossed the border and advanced 3.5 km deep into Armenia - first occupying the territory near Sev Lake in Armenia’s Syunik Province. They later have advanced into the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia.
The Azerbaijan troops continue to remain inside the state border of Armenia, MFA noted.
Baku even considers that Yerevan's response to the process of "coordinating the Armenian-Azerbaijani border" is "improper."
"Azerbaijan and Armenia determine the border, and this process is carried out based on the maps of the parties," the Azerbaijani MFA noted.
Armenia has already officially petitioned the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to intensify the mechanism of joint consultations to coordinate their stances and take measures to eliminate the threat that has emerged.
The acting PM Nikol Pashinyan has also sent letters to the leaders of other CSTO member states, and with detailed information on the situation.
- Since Thursday, Pashinyan has been holding talks with international leaders over the latest developments near the border.
Pashinyan had phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and briefed the Russian leader over the current situation.
Pashinyan also had a phone talk with French President Emanuel Macron on the latter's initiative.
French President Emanuel Macron later took to his Facebook to support Armenians. He shared a post in Armenian noting that Azerbaijan 'must withdraw immediately.'
"I say to the Armenian people once again: France is in solidarity and will remain so," he wrote.
- Armenian acting FM Ara Aivazian, in turn, held talks with his Lithuanian counterpart.
Aivazian and Gabrielius Landsbergis have declared that there is a need to neutralize the threats to stability and peace in the region.
Ara Aivazian has also discussed regional stability and security issues with US Acting Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker.
Aivazian highlighted the inadmissibility and unacceptability of Azerbaijan’s provocations against Armenia’s territorial integrity.
Later on Friday, Azerbaijani FM Jeyhun Bayramov and Philip Reeker have also discussed the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
Bayramov noted that Azerbaijan is committed to the settlement of tension in the region.
He said that the leadership of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan was sent to the region to hold talks with the Armenian side.
- The US said they are closely following the situation in Armenia.
United States Department of State official Ned Price tweeted: 'We are closely following reports of increased tensions along a non-demarcated portion of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.'
Later on Thursday, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has also issued a statement in reaction to reports of Azerbaijan’s illegal incursion into Armenia’s Syunik Province.
He noted that Azerbaijan shall understand it will face serious consequences for its malign activities.