Azerbaijan has officially accused Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh of launching a tactical ballistic missile at the Nakhichevan enclave.
Nakhichevan, formally known the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, is a 5,500 km2 landlocked region of Azerbaijan. The region lays between Armenia and Iran.
In a brief statement, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan claimed a tactical ballistic missile was launched on October 16 by Armenian forces from Gubadli in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The missile allegedly struck the area of Ordubad in Nakhchivan.
An operational-tactical missile fired on October 15 at 10:44 by the armed forces of Armenia from the territory of the occupied Gubadli region exploded in the territory of Ordubad region of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. #StopArmenianTerror#StopArmenianAgression pic.twitter.com/p2LERffZiJ
— Azerbaijan MOD (@wwwmodgovaz) October 16, 2020
The Ministry of Defense of Armenian quickly dismissed Azerbaijan’s claims, accusing the Baku’s military and political leadership of lying.
“We declare that no missile was fired in the direction of the Ordubad region of Nakhichevan,” Shushan Stepanyan, Press Secretary of the Armenian MoD, said “this is another lie of the Azerbaijani military-political leadership, which aims to expand the geography of the conflict.”
The supposed missile strike on Nakhchivan was likely a stray fire accident. Since the outbreak of the battle in Nagorno-Karabakh, dozens of projectiles and even drones landed in Iran’s territory by mistake.
Azerbaijan may be indeed planning to expand the geography of the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh to cover the Armenian regions separating its territory from Nakhchivan.
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