Soldier Shot by Azerbaijani Forces

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STEPANAKERT (RFE/RL) — Nagorno-Karabakh’s army said that one of its soldiers was shot and wounded by Azerbaijani forces on Wednesday, January 13.

The Defense Army said that the 20-year-old soldier, Vartan Kirakosyan, was rushed to a Karabakh hospital and underwent “successful” surgery there.

“His condition is assessed as serious but stable,” read a statement issued by it.

The statement added that the army has launched an investigation into the “blatant violation” of the Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement that stopped the war in Karabakh on November 10.

Azerbaijan did not immediately comment on the reported incident. Russian peacekeeping forces deployed in Karabakh also did not react to it as of Wednesday evening.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Armenian counterpart Ara Ayvazyan spoke by phone later on Wednesday. Statements on the phone call issued by their press offices did not mention the reported shooting.

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They said Lavrov and Ayvazyan discussed the implementation of fresh agreements reached by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at a trilateral meeting held in Moscow on Monday.

In a phone call reported on Wednesday, Putin briefed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the results of the Armenian-Azerbaijani summit hosted by him.

 

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