Azerbaijani reservists have been recently called up to military exercises as the buildup signals for a possible war with Armenia.
According to Fuzuli Ismayilov, a spokesperson for the State Service for Mobilization and Conscription, military servicemen, who are not on active duty, are currently undergoing military training.
“The call-up of reservists for a military training should not cause for concern,” Ismayilov said.
“Reservists have been called up for military training to improve their knowledge and skills,” he added.
Many of them have already been sent to military units.
It came amid Armenian government efforts to create volunteer military units and the death of an Azerbaijani serviceman on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border on Monday.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry did not report under which conditions the soldier was killed, but said in a statement that Armenia was responsible for the escalation on the frontline.
The relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia flared up in mid July when skirmishes broke out on the border. They left at least 16 dead, representing the bloodiest few days since the four day April War in 2016.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with local media on Saturday that Armenia “is preparing for a new war.”
Nevertheless, similar activities were observed on the frontline, with trenches being dug in the settlement areas and patrols installed in the entrance and exit areas of the border villages, RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service reported.
According to local people, it has been 15 days since the trenches for shelter were readied under the supervision of local executives, in case a war starts with Armenia.
“We are the losing side and the current government would like to liberate one or two districts, as it will give Ilham Aliyev a very serious advantage,” historian Altay Goyushov told Meydan TV.
“From this point of view, the answer to the question 'who needs a ceasefire violation?'is clear,” Goyushov elaborated.