Two members of the helicopter crew were killed, the third was wounded. Azerbaijan has already admitted its guilt in the incident and apologized to Russia.
"The helicopter flight took place in close proximity to the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border, while active military clashes continue in the zone of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict", - the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement. outside the radar detection zone of the air defense. Russian Air Force helicopters have not previously been seen in this area. defeat".
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry officially expressed condolences to the victims and wished recovery to the injured and stated that Azerbaijan is ready to pay compensation to Russia for the downed Mi-24 helicopter. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry also assured that the tragic incident was not directed against the Russian side, the Interfax news agency notes.
The Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic is separated from the main territory of Azerbaijan by the territories of Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Due to the difficult relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and before the outbreak of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, it was possible to get there only through the territory of Iran or through Georgia and Turkey, with which Nakhichevan has a small common border. Recently, information has been received about the presence of Turkish troops in Nakhichevan. At the same time, the Nakhichevan authorities previously managed not to conflict with Armenia in accordance with the saying that "a bad peace is better than a good quarrel." Nakhichevan is also the birthplace of the father of the current president of Azerbaijan, in the past - also the head of this state, Heydar Aliyev. At the same time, active hostilities have been going on in Nagorno-Karabakh for about a month and a half, thousands of soldiers and dozens of civilians from both sides became victims of the conflict.
Back in early October , an unidentified shell exploded in the Agul region in the south of Russian Dagestan, 10 kilometers from the village of Chirag. Local residents heard a strong explosion, found the formed crater and debris. Some experts believe that a dangerous object could have flown from the zone of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.