Azerbaijan says it downed Russian helicopter by accident, apologizes

Russian Ansat and Mi-24 helicopters fly at the MAKS 2019 air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, August 27, 2019. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Azeri forces downed a Russian helicopter near its border with Armenia by accident, expressing apologies to Moscow and readiness to pay compensation.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said earlier on Monday that one of its Mi-24 helicopters had been shot down over Armenia near the border with a region belonging to Azerbaijan, killing two crew members and injuring another, according to Reuters.

The helicopter was downed using a man-portable air-defense system, the defense ministry said in a statement.

Russia’s military base in Armenia is investigating to determine who was responsible for the downing of the helicopter, the statement said.

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