Russia claims ceasefire reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan after fighting erupts along border

Russia claimed it has brokered a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan after fighting erupted on the border between the two countries this week.

"We call on the parties to refrain from further escalation of the situation, exercise restraint and strictly observe the ceasefire in accordance with the trilateral statements of Russia,

Azerbaijan and Armenia of November 9, 2020, January 11 and November 26, 2021," a Russian foreign ministry statement said.

"We are in close contact with Baku and Yerevan. An appeal was received from the Armenian leadership to assist in resolving the situation ...

We expect that the agreement reached as a result of Russian mediation on a ceasefire from 9.00 am Moscow time on September 13 will be carried out in full," it added.

The statement follows a call between Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Vladimir Putin earlier Tuesday.

Local media in Azerbaijan also reported on the ceasefire but said it had already been broken.

On Tuesday morning, the Armenian Defense Ministry claimed Azerbaijan Armed Forces conducted artillery strikes toward Armenian border towns.

The strike included drones and large-caliber firearms fired in the direction of Goris, Sotk, and Jermuk, according to the Armenian Defense Ministry.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense responded with a statement acknowledging the strikes, but said the strikes are "small-scale" and "aim to ensure the security of Azerbaijan's borders."