Baku — Azerbaijani court sentenced 13 members of the Armenian army to six years in prison late Thursday and found them illegally crossing borders, possessing weapons and convicted of terrorist crimes. ..
Armenia had no immediate reaction to the ruling.
Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a six-week war last year. There, Azerbaijani troops expelled Armenian troops from the long-controlled territory of Nagorno-Karabakh’s enlave and its surroundings.
The war ended with a ceasefire, but Azerbaijan detained more than 60 Armenian army members in December, accusing them of illegally invading Azerbaijani territory. Some of them were later released.
Thirteen men sentenced this week will be deported after being sentenced to imprisonment, according to a decision by the Azerbaijan Court of Serious Crimes.
Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday about the return of military personnel from Azerbaijan, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.
Earlier this month, Azerbaijan sentenced 14 members of the Armenian army to various imprisonment.
The fighting at Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, ended with a Russian-mediated ceasefire, but border clashes continued at irregular intervals this year, resulting in occasional deaths.
Tensions between the two former Soviet republics, Armenia and Azerbaijan, are being carefully monitored abroad for threats to Azerbaijan’s gas and oil pipelines and the risk of Turkey and Russia’s regional powers being involved in conflict. ..