In recent hours, serious battles resulting in human casualties have been recorded on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

It is imperative that hostilities cease and the parties return to the negotiating table.

APA reports that this was reflected in the statement of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Joseph Borrell.

"All forces must return to their pre-tension positions and the ceasefire regime must be fully respected.

President Michel is in contact with the leaders of both countries and I am speaking today with the foreign ministers of the respective countries.

The EU remains committed to continuing to act as an honest mediator between Armenia and Azerbaijan to achieve the goal of a secure, prosperous and peaceful South Caucasus for the benefit of the peoples.

EU Special Representative Toivo Klaar will immediately visit the two countries to support the necessary de-escalation and discuss next steps in the Brussels dialogue process between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan," the statement said.