Both Azerbaijan and Armenia accuse the other of violating the cease-fire agreement.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of starting fire on Friday . The two sides clashed earlier this month, killing almost 200 soldiers .

TBILISI: Armenia and Azerbaijan charged each other with starting fire on Friday, breaking a fragile ceasefire agreement that brought the two former Soviet countries' worst conflicts since 2020 to an end last week.Baku and Yerevan each accused the other side of firing first in resurgent clashes along their shared border, according to statements released by both defence ministries on Friday morning.Following two days of clashes that killed almost 200 soldiers early last week, the two countries decided on a ground-breaking agreement to end hostilities, despite the fact that the border is still tense.According to an article posted on Facebook on Friday, units of the Azerbaijani armed forces violated the ceasefire system once more by firing from different positions against Armenian combat positions in the eastern area of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

Azerbaijan's defense ministry issued a statement just days after the Armenian statement, claiming that Armenia was the one who opened fire first.Armenian armed forces opened fire on three distinct portions of the shared border, intermittently shelling positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces with mixed-caliber small arms over a nine-hour period beginning at 2345 (1945 GMT) on Thursday night, according to Baku.Azerbaijan's defense ministry also stated that it had taken appropriate retaliatory measures in a tweet posted on the Telegram messaging app.The two sides clashed earlier this month, killing almost 200 soldiers-the bloodiest confrontation since a six-week war between the two former Soviet countries in 2020.

Azerbaijan attacked Armenia's territory and seized settlements within the country's borders, extending beyond the contested Nagorno-Karabakh zone, according to Armenia.Azerbaijan said it was responding to threats from the Armenian side.While Russia is a military ally of Armenia, it also tries to maintain close ties with Azerbaijan and has rejected Yerevans' attempts to activate a mutual self-defense clause.Baku is backed militarily, financially, and politically by Turkey.