Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a peace deal that ended six weeks of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. This was reported by the Defense Ministries of the two countries.
The Armenian Defense Ministry reported that the Azerbaijani army mounted an attack in the south of Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev reacted by blaming Armenia for the new clashes and threatened to "break its head with an iron fist."
"Armenia shouldn’t try to start it all over again," Aliyev said during a meeting with top diplomats from the United States and France.
"It must be very cautious and not plan any military action. This time, we will fully destroy them. It mustn’t be a secret to anyone."
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that its forces thwarted Armenian “provocations” and restored the ceasefire.
Armenian officials said the fighting raged near the villages of Hin Tager and Khtsaberd, the only settlements in the Gadrut region that are still controlled by Armenian forces. They noted that the two villages have been fully encircled by the Azerbaijani army, which controls the only road leading to them.
As we reported earlier, Armenian Defense Ministry announced the offensive of Azerbaijani troops in the area of Old Tagar and Khtsarberd.
"On December 12, the Azerbaijani side resumed violations in the direction of the Old Tagar and Khtsaberd communities of the Artsakh Republic," the message says.
Earlier, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic announced an attempt by the Azerbaijani military to attack one of the military positions.