Iran rejects media accusations of arms transfer to Armenia through Iran
Tehran has dismissed as lies recent media allegations about the transfer of weapons and military equipment to Armenia via the territory of the country.
“The movement of trucks and the transit of conventional civilian goods between the Islamic Republic of Iran and neighboring countries have been ongoing as usual,” Saeed Khatibzadeh, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman commented.
Nevertheless, he said, “in addition to closely monitoring and controlling the movements and transit of goods to other countries, Iran does not allow the use of its soil for the transfer of weapons and ammunition.”
The comments came after some media outlests alleged that Russia had sent three of its MiG-29 fighters to Armenia through Iranian airspace.
Clashes erupted this past Sunday between Azerbaijani and Armenian militaries over the much-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Tens of people have been killed and hundreds seriously wounded in the ongoing fight between the two former Soviet republics since the 1990s.
The two sides blame each other for beginning the fight in the Caucasus Mountains.
For many years, these two neighbors have been locked in a dispute over Azerbaijan’s breakaway, largely ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Even though a ceasefire was agreed back in 1994, Baku and Yerevan still continue to accuse the other side of initiating attacks around the enclave.
This past Monday, Khatibzadeh stated that the region cannot take any more of the kind of the conflict that has dangerously flared up between these two countries.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister, had phone calls with his Azeri and Armenian counterparts, demanding an immediate end to hostilities and onset of negotiations within the peaceful framework of international law.
Additionally, Zarif expressed in a post on Twitter Tehran’s willingness to "provide good offices to enable talks" between the two countries.