“I categorically reject any connection between the military training activities carried out by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the aggravation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” Interfax quotes him.

According to him, Russia informed via military-diplomatic channels of foreign partners about the goals of the sudden inspection of its troops announced on July 17.

The Ministry of Defense added that on July 20, Fomin’s briefing is being prepared for the military attachés of other countries, on which they will be informed in detail about the progress of the sudden check.

Earlier, Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu said that the verification of the combat readiness of the Russian Armed Forces "is planned in preparation for the upcoming strategic command post campaign" Caucasus 2020 ".

On July 17, a sudden check of troops of the Southern and Western military districts, individual units of central subordination, the Airborne Forces, and the Marine Corps began in Russia.

The clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border began on July 12 in the neighboring regions - Tovuz and Tavush. The ministries of defense of the two countries announced the death of several military as a result of shelling.