ArmInfo. An Armenian soldier in Azerbaijan got lost. On August 13, Armenian Minister of Defense David Tonoyan stated this in an interview with reporters in Dilijan. At the same time, Tonoyan called on the public not to succumb to Azerbaijani misinformation. It should be noted that, according to the information spread by Azerbaijan, the Armenian soldier allegedly left the unit and sided with the enemy due to unregulated relations in the Armed Forces.
"At the moment, an investigation is underway, but I'm sure that he's just lost his way," the minister stressed, adding that work has already begun on the return of the serviceman to his homeland. According to him, the Armenian side has already appealed to the relevant international structures. The Minister of Defense also noted that he did not know yet whether Araik Ghazaryan had mental problems. "We will find out about this in the near future. It is very sad, but I'm sure that everything will end favorably. I urge the Azerbaijani colleagues to stop information releases that are not true," Tonoyan concluded.
It should be noted that on the eve of the Artsakh Army's press service disseminated a message according to which on August 12 at about 12:00 a military soldier Araik Aikovich Ghazaryan left the battlefield on the defensive site of one of the military units of the Autonomous Region, located in the south-east direction. R. According to the Azerbaijani media, a soldier is with them. An investigation is underway to find out the details of the incident. Recall that today the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan disseminated information about the allegedly Armenian soldier leaving his post due to hazing. Light scratches and ordinary scars on Ghazaryan's body are presented as evidence of violence against him. However, the NKR Ministry of Defense denied this information, urging the public not to believe the false accusations of the Azerbaijani side aimed at humiliating the image of the Armenian soldier, and to wait for the ongoing investigation, the results of which will be published. The Armenian Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan also addressed the incident, saying that he had talked with the head of the Armenian mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross, where he was informed that he had not seen the Armenian soldier in Azerbaijan yet, but steps were being taken in this direction.