TEHRAN, (BM) – The Nagorno-Karabakh war continues to claim dozens of lives every day and to destroy military equipment on both sides. At the same time, their neighbor Iran continues to suffer from this conflict, largely due to the inability of both Yerevan and Baku to launch accurate missile strikes along the conflict line.
In recent days, Tehran officials have been worried about missile strikes by Armenia and Azerbaijan on Iran’s border areas. BulgarianMilitary.com has repeatedly written about such incidents, dictated not by the deliberate use of missiles in the direction of Iran, but by incorrectly set coordinates, which subsequently hit Iranian lands.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in the person of the official representative Saeed Hatibzadeh, once again appealed to the two warring parties to be more than precise and to avoid Iranian territory from their military actions.
“Unfortunately, there is alarming news during the day about what is completely unacceptable,” Iranian state media IRNA reported, quoting Said Hatibzadeh as saying. In a statement, he categorically denied rumors that the Iranian army had fired rockets in response to attacks by both sides, but stressed that the “red line” could be crossed and Tehran would be forced to use military force to protect the peaceful existence of the Iranian citizens.
Recall that on October 14 in northwestern Iran in the province of Heris, a missile from the ongoing military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh hit agricultural land in the village of Aqa-Alilou. According to Governor Harris, no one was injured in the rocket strike.
Iranian state media IRNA claimed that at least 50 mortar shells have fallen and hit lands in the province in the region since the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict this year.
On October 13, an Israeli-made drone crashed on the territory of Iran. This news was confirmed both by a number of Russian news agencies and by the state news agency of Iran – IRNA.
The only thing reported so far is the ongoing investigation by the Iranian authorities into the ownership of the drone – Armenian or Azerbaijani. From the shared photo on the Internet it is clear that this is an Israeli-made drone IAI Harop. According to BulgarianMilitary.com, only Azerbaijan may be the owner of this drone, as it is no secret that Tel Aviv supplies weapons to Baku and President Aliev.
We remind you that almost 15 days ago there was information in the media that Iran had shot down two attacking helicopters of the Azerbaijani forces. Baku’s official statement was that the helicopters were shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh, but fell on Iranian territory.
It is noteworthy that more and more often Azerbaijani armaments end up in Iran’s territory, which raises the question – is Iran gradually entering a military conflict that it does not want, and is Tehran really shooting down Azerbaijani helicopters and drones over its territory?
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.
During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.
In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed.
The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.
At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.
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