The commander-in-chief of Iran’s army, Syed Abdur Rahim Mousavi, said air defense along the Azerbaijan-Armenian border was strengthened. If necessary, more missile defense systems will be deployed. Iran’s state news agency, Perse Today, reported on Tuesday.
Azerbaijan and Armenia are located in the northwestern part of Iran. Azerbaijan, a close ally of Turkey, has been in a military campaign for nearly a month to free Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenian separatists. Although the region is internationally recognized as Azerbaijan, it is controlled and governed by separatists under the aegis of the Armenian government.
The two countries agreed to a US-brokered cease-fire on Sunday. But there is no sign of agreement to stop the conflict. Earlier, a two-point cease-fire was carried out by Russia, but it was ignored.
Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said in a statement, clashes continued in several places on Tuesday morning. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said the conflict was concentrated in three border areas. Several rockets hit Iranian territory in the ongoing skirmishes.
After reviewing the readiness of Iran’s air defense unit on Tuesday, Mousavi said Iran attaches great importance to geographic integrity and adherence to international borders.
He referred to the peace and security of the people of the country as a red line.
He said that Takfiri, Daesh and Jewish terrorists are all over the world. This will create a feeling of problems and insecurity wherever it goes.
Abdur Rahim Mousavi said, “As we have done in the past, if any such terrorist activity occurs near our border, it will be strictly suppressed.”