May 13, 2021 - 14:04 AMT
Pashinyan: Azerbaijanis have brought fake maps to Syunik

Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said on Thursday, May 13 that there are no significant changes around Sev Lake in the Syunik province of Armenia. He said Azerbaijani servicemen continue to remain there, describing the situation as "critical".

Pashinyan said the situation can have several development scenarios, and that it should be taken seriously, but failed to mention what some of the possible scenarios could be.

The acting head of the Armenian government noted that Azerbaijan has prepared for the provocation in advance as the Azeri troops are carrying "fake maps".

"The situation must be taken very seriously, we are dealing with a crisis. Our task is to ensure the inviolability of the sovereign territory of Armenia, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces must retreat to their original positions. We must act decisively," he added.

Pashinyan confirmed earlier that the Azerbaijani military has indeed advanced 3.5km into the southern Armenian province of Syunik. He said the Azeris were trying to surround and siege Sev Lake, which lies on the border between the countries but is predominantly a part of Armenia.