Azerbaijan Attempts to Raise Flag Inside Armenian Border

Azerbaijan Attempts to Raise Flag Inside Armenian Border


One Azeri border guard is wounded after yesterday a group of Azeri border guards attempted to plant the flag of Azerbaijan inside Armenia’s border. Azeri forces have been videoed carrying their flag pole across the Hakari bridge. The Hakari bridge operates at the Hakari Border Terminal, which is at the entrance to the Lachin corridor (the only road connecting Armenia and Artsakh). Azeri forces crossed the bridge and, only after arriving at the Armenian side and attempting to raise their flag, were fired upon briefly by Armenian border guards. The Azeri plant attempt was done under the watch of Russian peacekeepers, who did not intervene.

Azerbaijan’s border service stated that the injured border guards life is not in danger, claiming that Azerbaijan returned fire and “silenced” the Armenian fire. Their statement faulted Armenia with the incident, stating “All responsibility for this provocation falls on the military and political leadership of Armenia”.

Blood from the wounded Azeri soldier on the bridge.

Information from the Press Center of the State Border Service On June 15, 2023, at 08:45, a soldier of the State Border Service serving at the exit point from the Lachin state border was injured as a result of firing from the territory of the Republic of Armenia.

The firing point of the enemy has been silenced by return fire, and the operational conditions are under the control of our units.

First aid was provided to our injured military serviceman, his life is not in danger.

All responsibility for this provocation falls on the military and political leadership of Armenia.

Press Center of the State Border Service”

The Hakari Bridge.

The Artsakh government has claimed that, in response to the incident, Azerbaijan has banned all Humanitarian aid as well as any passenger traffic headed through the Lachin corridor. Access through the corridor has already been heavily restricted for about half a year now as Azerbaijan has maintained a blockade of Artsakh in varying forms. In April they installed a checkpoint along the corridor, allowing further control on what may go in or out. They claim that because of the ban, the Red Cross was turned back and forced to return to Stepanakert when trying to transport patients to Armenia from Artsakh. Additionally, Russian peacekeeper cargo trucks, meant to carry humanitarian aid for Artsakh, have had their transport plans suspended. The Artsakh Government Statement may be read below.

“Azerbaijan banned all humanitarian transportation through the Kashatagh (Lachin) corridor
Following Azerbaijani provocation near the Hakari bridge this morning, Azerbaijan has implemented a ban on all humanitarian passenger and cargo transportation through the Kashatagh (Lachin) corridor.
As a result, the International Committee of the Red Cross was unable to proceed with the transportation of 25 medical patients and their relatives from Artsakh to Armenia. They were forced to return to Stepanakert after being halted at an illegal Azerbaijani check point in the Kashatagh corridor.
Additionally, the planned passenger transportation for dozens of individuals due to urgent humanitarian needs, which was meant to be facilitated by Russian peacekeepers on the Stepanakert-Goris-Stepanakert route, was canceled.
The movement of Russian peacekeepers’ trucks heading to Goris for humanitarian cargo transportation was also halted.
The authorities of the Republic of Artsakh emphasize once again that the presence of the illegal Azerbaijani check point in the Kashatagh (Lachin) corridor poses significant dangers and obstacles to the free movement between Artsakh and Armenia. Today’s incident further highlights these risks and obstacles, which not only jeopardize the acute humanitarian needs of the people of Artsakh but also impede the limited movement of people and goods facilitated by the Red Cross and Russian peacekeepers.
The authorities of Artsakh reassert their position that the provisions outlined in the Tripartite Declaration of November 9, 2020 regarding the Lachin Corridor should be immediately and unconditionally upheld, without any interference from Azerbaijan. They also call for the implementation of the decision made by the International Court of Justice of the United Nations on February 22, 2023.
[Artsakh Info Centre]”.
Sébastien Gray
Sébastien Gray
Sébastien Gray is a published journalist and historicist with over 5 years experience in writing. His primary focus is on East and West African affairs.
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