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Aliyev Visits Frontline Zone Near Breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has visited a frontline zone in the Agdam district near Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Aliyev was briefed by military commanders on the situation in the area where recent shoot-outs between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh left at least 21 soldiers dead from both sides.

On August 6, Azerbaijani and Armenian officials again accused each other of cease-fire violations.

Meanwhile, Armenian Defense Minister Seiran Ohanian said on August 6 that Yerevan did not plan to refer to the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization for help to resolve the escalating tension.

Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian are expected to take part in talks on Nagorno-Karabakh to be hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on August 8-9.

Based on reporting by and Interfax