On May 14, Armenian Acting Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan and Russia’s Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu held a telephone conversation. The defense ministers of the strategic ally countries discussed the situation in Syunik Province.
Harutyunyan presented to his Russian counterpart the Armenian side’s actions in this situation, noting that in all areas where the Azerbaijani [troops] have invaded, including in Black Lake (Sev Litch), the entire terrain, the servicemen and the roads are under the complete control of the Armenian army.
Highlighting the need for a peaceful resolution to the situation, at the same time Harutyunyan considered inadmissible any encroachment against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia.
During the telephone conversation, Harutyunyan and Shoygu also discussed a number of issues related to the Armenian-Russian military cooperation, the Russian peacekeeping mission in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and regional security.