Offbeat Lead 1-L'Armenia asks Russia's military assistance against Baku
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Armenia-Azerbaidjan / (Lead 1): Lead 1-L'Armenia asks Russia's military assistance against Baku
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Moscow, May 14 (Reuters) - Armenia accused Azerbaijan on Friday, not having fully held its promise to withdraw troops entered into its territory and requested military aid from the Russia.
The Attorney General of Armenia opened Thursday a criminal investigation on a "violation of territorial integrity" by Azerbaijan, the Armenian Ministry of Defense accused Baku to move forces on its territory. Azerbaijan rejected these accusations, stating that his forces had limited themselves to defending the Azerbaijani side of the border.
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"Yesterday, an agreement has been concluded that the armed forces of Azerbaijan had to leave Armenian territory," said Interim Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian, cited by the Russian Interfax news agency.
"This agreement has been partially respected. Azerbaijani forces are indeed parties. But since this agreement has not been fully respected, I have contacted today the President of Russia (...) for a military assistance, "he added.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that the border guard commands of the two countries had maintained Friday to soothe tensions, indicating that the communication channels remained open to the two camps.
This border dispute illustrates the fragility of the ceasefire concluded last fall between Baku and Yerevan, after a six-week conflict around the Armenian Azerbaijanjanese enclave of the Upper Karabakh, who s. is settled by important territorial gains for Azerbaijan.
Russia, which already has a military base in Armenia, sent some 2,000 soldiers to the former Soviet Republic to supervise the respect of the truce.
Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance of strict compliance with the ceasefire agreement during a telephone interview with Nikol Pachinian, "said Kremlin.
The French president Emmanuel Macron called on Thursday to an immediate withdrawal of Azerbaijanian troops of Armenia. (Vladimir Soldatkin, Dmitry Antonov, Polina Ivanova and Alexander Marrow in Moscow, and Nailia Bagirova in Baku; French version Jean-Stéphane Brush)
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