Azerbaijani Army Captures Six Armenian Soldiers to Relieve Border Tension


Nikol Pashinyan, Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, will speak during the parliamentary session in Yerevan, Armenia, on May 10, 2021. (TigranMehrabyan / PAN Photo via Reuters)

Moscow — Azerbaijan captured six Armenian soldiers early Thursday morning, the defense ministry of both countries said, the latest twist on a boiling border dispute.

The Azerbaijani Department of Defense has accused Armenian soldiers of attempting to invade Azerbaijani territory. The Armenian Ministry of Defense said the soldier was engineering in the eastern border of Gegharkunik, which borders Azerbaijan.

“The necessary steps have been taken to return the captured military personnel,” said the Armenian Ministry of Defense.

Earlier this month, Armenia accused Azerbaijan of sending troops across the border, highlighting the vulnerability of a Russian-mediated ceasefire that suspended a six-week battle between the Armenian National Army and the Azerbaijani Army last year.

Due to the conflict, Baku has expelled Armenian troops from the territories it controlled in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region since the 1990s.

Azerbaijan on Tuesday denied Armenia’s accusations of firing across the border at Armenia’s location in a gun battle in which Armenia said one of its soldiers had been killed.

By Anton Kolodyazhnyy and Alexander Marrow