The situation is generally calm. Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Foreign Minister David Babayan told this to Armenian News-NEWS.am—and referring to the situation on the frontline after the ceasefire violation by the Azerbaijani armed forces.
"Our [wounded soldier] boys' lives are not in danger. The doctors operatively did what is possible, and we must pray for their health. One of the main goals of Azerbaijan’s goals is to intimidate us.
This is a provocation by Azerbaijan, and it will happen again, we must be ready for it. It should be understood that a large-scale war is not possible as long as the Russian peacekeeping forces are in Artsakh. But with such provocations they pursue various goals: they try to intimidate us and strike at the Russian peacekeeping mission. This is a direct blow to Russia as well. With this, they try to put down that mission, show Russia as a country that is unable to defend. We contribute to it with our panic.
Nothing extraordinary has happened for the Azerbaijani side to take such a step. We need to understand that this is their style. They realize that their plans are failing at the moment, they see that the situation in the region is getting complicated: Iran's attitude towards Azerbaijan shows that Azerbaijan is already a hostile country for them, it [i.e., Azerbaijan] sees that the peacekeepers are carrying out their mission and they do not allow a war to happen and it cannot happen. This also irritates them [i.e., Azerbaijan], and in that case Azerbaijan resorts to such steps, too" the Artsakh FM said.
Several hours ago, a trilateral meeting of the FM of Armenia, Russia, and Azerbaijan took place in the Belarusian capital Minsk—and with the mediation of the Russian side—, a few hours after which the Azerbaijani side destabilized the situation on the line of contact with Artsakh. David Babayan noted that this is impossible to understand it within the framework of common sense.
"The foreign ministers are meeting, before that the religious leaders met, they [i.e., Azerbaijan] should have been more restrained, before and after the meetings, it seems that Azerbaijan should not have taken such abnormal steps. This is by common sense, whereas there is a sick state—in terms of Azerbaijan—that resorts to incomprehensible steps.
According to the Artsakh FM, there is an opportunity to resume the negotiation process in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.
"There is such an opportunity, and this, too, may be a reason for such provocations by Azerbaijan, whereby an attempt is being made to obstruct it. We [i.e., the Armenian side] not only see an opportunity to resume the negotiation process, but also do not see an alternative to it," Babayan stressed.