A Russian military helicopter has been shot down over Armenia, with two crew members killed and one injured, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Monday.
In a statement, the ministry said the Mi-24 attack helicopter was downed by fire from a man-portable air-defense system close to the border with Azerbaijan.
Later, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement admitting to having shot down the helicopter, saying it was an accident.
“The Azerbaijani side offers an apology to the Russian side in connection with this tragic incident,” the statement said, adding that the attack was “not aimed against” Moscow. It offered to pay compensation.
The incident comes as Armenia, a Russian ally, and Azerbaijan continue to fight over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is within Azerbaijan’s territory by law but has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces since…