by Marianna Mkrtchyan
Russia is not instigating anybody in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ambassador of Russia to Armenia Ivan Volynkin said on Friday, when asked by ArmInfo to comment on the reports that Russia is responsible for the growing tension in Nagorno-Karabakh.
"Russia has nothing to do here. It advocates peace in Nagorno- Karabakh and is taking no instigating actions there," Volynkin said.
He added that the conflict must be resolved by peacefully means only. "I see nothing extraordinary in what is going on there today. There have been raids and skirmishes for years. But both my country and I are advocates of peace," Volynkin said.
To remind, Azeris made new attempts to mount a sabotage attack on the Armenian-NKR section of the border (near Karvachar) last week. The Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Ministry has told ArmInfo that they revealed and neutralized all members of the Azerbaijani subversive group. Some members of the group were captured, and others escaped. As reported earlier, the Nagorno- Karabakh Defense Army released a photo of Gyulin Shahbaz Jalaloghlu (born in 1968), the captured member of the Azerbaijani sabotage and intelligence team. Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan informed on Saturday that the Armenian soldiers killed an Azerbaijani saboteur while neutralizing the subversive group on Friday. But an Armenian officer, major Sarkis Abrahamyan (born in 1972) was killed and an Armenian woman, Karina Davtyan (born in 1977) was wounded. The NKR Prosecutor General's Office has filed a lawsuit regarding Azerbaijani raiders Gyulin Shahbaz Jalaloghlu (born in 1968) and Dilham Gardashhan (born in 1960) for illegal crossing of the border.