YEREVAN—“Divisions of the Azerbaijani armed forces continue firing in the direction of Armenian positions and settlements, ignoring the calls of the international community, and particularly the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, to observe the ceasefire, especially during the Winter Olympics in Sochi,” the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
“This provides evidence to conclude that either Azerbaijani commanders are not in control of their armed forces or that this provocation is targeted at destabilizing the situation at the line of contact,” the statement reads.
The Azerbaijani side has violated the ceasefire a number of times over the past days, opening irregular fire mostly at the line of contact with Artsakh forces, the Ministry said, adding: “The Armenian armed forces confidently control the situation all along the line of contact, strictly observing the ceasefire regime and will take responsive actions only in case of targeted shots from the enemy.”
As for the allegations of the Azerbaijani propaganda machine, claiming that the Armenian side violates the ceasefire regime at different parts of the line of contact, the ministry said, “The dissemination of misinformation is a nasty attempt to mislead the international community and its own people.”
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed, in meetings with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, to observe the Olympic Truce during the Sochi Winter Olympics.
“The sides stated their intention to strengthen observance of the ceasefire and avoid further escalation, particularly in light of the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi,” the U.S., Russian, and French mediators of the OSCE Minsk Group said in a joint statement issued on Feb. 6, after their last visit to Baku and Yerevan.