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The Minister of defence of Armenia has commented on Azerbaijani-Turkish exercises

Defense Minister of Armenia David Tonoyan at a meeting on Wednesday with French Ambassador to Yerevan Jonathan Lakota noted the importance of avoiding provocations in the immediate proximity of the Armenian border during the Azerbaijani-Turkish military exercises, the press service of the defense Ministry.

Earlier the defense Ministry of Azerbaijan has announced holding of Turkey from July 29 to August 10, a large-scale joint tactical and flight-tactical exercises with live firing with the participation of land forces and the air forces of both countries.

"During the meeting with Lakota Tonoyan, referring to the Turkish-Azerbaijani joint military exercises, said that from a purely military point of view of their tactical nature, is not a concern, but it is important that the exercises evolved into provocative actions in the immediate vicinity of the borders, defensive structures and other infrastructures of Armenia", - stated in the message placed at the disposal of RIA Novosti.

According to the press service, the defense Minister stressed that the Armenian side closely monitoring the progress of the exercise and further processes.

Speaking about the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the line of contact between Karabakh and Azerbaijan, the Minister noted the important role in defusing tensions and the continuation of the negotiation process of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group – Russia, the United States and, in particular, France, as a member of the UN security Council, EU and NATO, the report says.

Clash on Armenian-Azerbaijani border continues July 12 and in the adjacent regions of Tavush and Tovuz, bordering also with Georgia and located a few hundred kilometers from Nagorno-Karabakh. Later, the defense Ministry of Azerbaijan stated that the aggravation spread to the line of contact in Karabakh - Aghdam, Khojavand, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Goranboy and Tartar districts. The Armenian defense Ministry, in turn, reports about the shootings only in the Northern section of the border, hundreds of miles away from Karabakh and Nakhichevan AR. The situation in Karabakh remains relatively calm.

According to Baku, the conflict on the border killed 12 Azerbaijani servicemen, including a General. The Armenian side announced the deaths of six soldiers and wounding of nine military and one civilian. Azerbaijan and Armenia blame for the attacks on each other. A number of countries and international organizations expressed concern about the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and urged the parties to dialogue. The Russian foreign Ministry expressed readiness to mediate for the stabilization of the situation in the region.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988 when Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. In the course of the armed conflict in 1992-1994, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts. Since 1992 negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict within the OSCE Minsk group, headed by three co - chairs-Russia, USA and France.