During an emergency meeting that was convened on May 14, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told the Security Council of Armenia that Azerbaijani troops had entered 3.5 km into Armenia, around the border regions of Gegharkunik and Syunik describing it as an “attack on Armenia.”
According to Russian media reports, it is speculated that Pashinyan sent a request for help to Russia, citing Azerbaijan’s move as a breach of the agreement that was signed between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the joint defense. Neither the Armenian nor the Russian government has officially confirmed this request for help.
Currently, peace negotiations are underway with both countries hoping to resolve the dispute over the border areas of Syunik and Gegharkunik.
According to field sources, Azerbaijani troops are re-measuring and re-confirming their side of the border with Armenia.
In a statement on May 12, Armenia’s Ministry of Defense said Azerbaijani troops had engaged with their Armenian counterparts and had entered the border areas of Syunik and Gegharkunik. Through this action, Azerbaijani soldiers have drawn a new border between the two countries said the Armenian Ministry of Defense.
On the same day, Armenia’s defense ministry contacted their counterparts in Baku, and urgied “Azerbaijan to return to its original positions without preconditions.”
What has been confirmed so far is that the Azerbaijani military has stopped work on delineating the border since negotiations have now begun; both countries are trying to resolve the issue.
The border between Armenia and Azerbaijan needs to be delineated given that seven regions in the Nagorno-Karabakh region fall within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, with the new border being set next to Syunik and Gegharkunik – the current site of the dispute.