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Azerbaijan claims Armenian forces violate ceasefire regime 20 times

August 09, 2016, 10:39 UTC+3 BAKU

Azerbaijan reports Armenia used large-caliber machine guns

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BAKU, August 9. /TASS/. Armenia’s forces violated the silence regime 20 times over the past 24 hours at various directions of the frontline also using large-caliber machine guns, Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said on Tuesday.

"The positions of Azerbaijan’s army came under fire from Armenia’s territory and also from the opposite positions located in Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent areas," controlled by the Armenian side, the ministry said.

The situation along the contact line of conflicting sides in Nagorno-Karabakh deteriorated dramatically overnight to April 2 when fierce clashes began. The parties to the conflict accused each other of violating the truce. An agreement on the ceasefire from April 5 was reached in Moscow at the meeting of chiefs of General Staff of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Since then, the sides have reported ceasefire violations along the contact line.

In the trilateral declaration adopted on June 20 after the meeting between the presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in St. Petersburg, the sides confirmed adherence to normalizing the situation on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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