The government of Eritrea says its forces killed more than 200 Ethiopian troops and wounded more than 300 during fighting Sunday and Monday in a contested border area.
There has been no independent confirmation of the figures, released by Eritrea in a government statement Thursday.
In an interview with VOA's Horn of Africa Service, Ethiopia's Communications Minister Getachew Reda suggested the figures are inaccurate but stopped short of denying them.
"A retreating army and an army in disarray under normal circumstances does not have a sense of what happened," he said.
He also said Ethiopia has no interest in disclosing its assessment of damages during the battle.
Both countries have claimed the upper hand in the fighting, which took place in the area of Tsorona, an Eritrean town that was a flashpoint during the border war the countries fought between 1998 and 2000.