11:58 GMT27 September 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Deputy Defence Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Fomin refuted on Saturday any connection between the combat training activities carried out by the Russian armed forces and the escalation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

    "When asked by reporters, Alexander Fomin has categorically rejected any connection between the military training activities carried out by the Russian Armed Forces and the escalation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border," the ministry said in a statement.

    It added that Fomin was expected to hold a briefing for foreign military attaches on Monday, during which they would be informed about the progress of the snap combat readiness check.

    On Friday, Russia started a snap check of the combat readiness of its Southern and Western military districts, large troop units, airborne forces, and Northern and Pacific fleets. The ministry has informed foreign states about the goals and objectives of the military activities performed during the check.

    An ongoing armed confrontation escalated on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border last Sunday, notably far from where the two usually exchange hostilities in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

    The clashes took place near the Movses village along the contact line between Armenia's Tavush province and Azerbaijan's Tovuz province. Yerevan and Baku blamed the initiation of the firing on each other.

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    Alexander Fomin, border tensions, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia
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