Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia on the actions of the Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of Yeraskh

13 June, 2023

On June 13, the armed forces of Azerbaijan, once again resorting to the use of force, opened fire on the positions of the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia and civilian objects located near the Yeraskh settlement of the Republic of Armenia.

It is noteworthy that the Azerbaijani side opened fire in the direction of a metallurgical factory which will be built in Yeraskh with the involvement of foreign investments. This was preceded by Azerbaijan's false accusations against the Armenian side regarding the construction of the mentioned factory. The Republic of Armenia has previously stated that the construction of the plant fully complies with its international obligations, and that Azerbaijan's false concerns are simply aimed at hindering Armenia's economic development and foreign investments.

Now, by firing at the plant under construction, Azerbaijan demonstrates overt disregard towards Armenia's internationally recognized borders, human rights and international law. Moreover, Azerbaijan consistently proves that in the negotiation processes with the Republic of Armenia in all directions it is guided only by the principle of imposing the desired solutions on the Republic of Armenia with the illegal use of force, perceiving the weak response and permissiveness of the international community as a favorable or encouraging environment.

We call on the international community to take concrete steps to curb Azerbaijan's expansionist ambitions and its unacceptable policy of achieving its groundless, illogical and arbitrary demands through the use of force and the threat of force.

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