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An Azeri soldier was wounded in the Nakhchivan pocket by Armenian forces along the common border, according to Baku.

Azerbaijan said one of its soldiers was wounded after Armenian forces opened fire on the common border, accusations denied by Armenia.

Friday’s claim is the latest in a series of incidents between the two former Soviet rivals.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement that the Armenian forces fired from several directions at their positions in Nakhchivan, which is an Azerbaijani enclave separated by the Armenian lands from the rest of Azerbaijan.

She added that the soldier was wounded in the shoulder and gave him first aid and was taken to hospital.

Russian news agency TASS reported that the Armenian Defense Ministry denied Baku’s confirmation.

The border dispute raging comes after last year’s six-week war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The region is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, even by Armenia, but it is inhabited and until recently was under Armenian control.

The alleged clash on Friday came a day after Azerbaijan captured six Armenian soldiers in Kilbagar, west of Nagorno Karabakh.

Armenia said its forces were carrying out engineering work in the region, while Azerbaijan said the soldiers were part of a “reconnaissance and sabotage group.”

Tensions escalated earlier this month, when Armenia accused the Azerbaijani army of crossing its southern border to “impose a blockade” on a shared lake between the two countries.

Earlier this week, Armenia said one of its soldiers was killed after a shooting broke out with Azerbaijani forces, an incident for which Baku denied responsibility.

Pashinyan plunged into a political crisis

Last year’s conflict, which ended in November, saw Azerbaijani forces expel Armenian forces from areas they had controlled since the 1990s in and around Nagorno Karabakh.

Russia eventually brokered the ceasefire.

The conflict resulted in the deaths of more than 6,000 people on both sides and led to a political crisis in Armenia, with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan widely criticized for what was seen as a humiliating defeat.

Pashinyan, 45, said he had no choice but to concede or see his country’s forces suffer greater losses.

He announced early parliamentary elections under pressure from opposition protesters in the wake of the crisis.

The elections are scheduled to be held on June 20.

On Thursday, Pashinyan described the situation at the border as “tense and explosive.”

Earlier this month, he said that Armenia and Azerbaijan were in talks with Russian mediation on demarcating and demarcating their common border.

He also said that the two governments could discuss a land swap between the two countries.

Russia’s role as a mediator between the two countries has largely come at the expense of Western powers such as France and the United States.

All three are part of a mediation group that has tried for decades but failed to find a lasting solution to the decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia fought a war with Azerbaijan over the region in the 1990s, killing at least 30,000 people.


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