According to the Nagorno Karabagh Republic (NKR) Defense Army, on Oct. 26 at 4:45 p.m., 20-year-old Harout Krikoryan was killed by a bullet on the Armenia-Azerbaijan north-east contact line.
The Republic of Armenia (RA) Defense Ministry condemned the attack, adding that the incident—which took place only hours after the conclusion of the PACE Monitoring Committee forum held in Yerevan, and a day prior to a meeting scheduled to take place between Armenian President Serge Sarkisian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev (and mediated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev)—aimed at destabilizing the situation.
The RA Ministry, in a press release, said the Azerbaijani side is fully responsible for the consequences of such incidents, and expressed its condolences to the Krikoryan family.
Earlier this month, on Oct. 14, an Azerbaijani sniper claimed the life of 22-year-old conscript Vitali Igityan.
The border between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been plagued with occasional skirmishes. The Armenian side supports sniper withdrawal from its border, while Azerbaijan rejects is.