Armenia says it has captured an Azerbaijani soldier "who was part of an infiltration group". The incident happened at around 15.00 local time on Wednesday, 1 February, in the area around the village of Talish, near the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
However, in a statement issued this morning (2 February) the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has denied the incident has taken place and stated that the named soldier "was demobilized a while ago due to regular violation of military discipline and failure of the service, and he currently is not serving in the army".
The Armeinan sources say that one Azerbaijani soldier was injured in the incident.
The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry confirmed that a soldier was injured yesterday. He was named as sergeant Rauf Isayev. The same source said that he was wounded on 1 February as a result of Armenian violation of the ceasefire, but did not specify a location. His condition is reported to be stable.
The statement of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry warned "that such actions of the enemy will be given an adequate rebuff". It warned "of retaliatory actions if the enemy continues its provocations".
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
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Getting the Eastern Neighbourhood right is a key necessity for the future security and prosperity of Europe. The Brussels summit offers an opportunity for important steps on this matter in the right direction – not as an end in themselves but rather as a part of a longer term and more ambitious vision.