Azerbaijan fires on positions inside Armenia, Turkey is ready to help Baku
YEREVAN, (BM) – The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and between Armenia and Azerbaijan has become significantly more complicated after the Armenian Ministry of Defense announced in official statements that Azerbaijan has started shelling not only positions in Nagorno-Karabakh, but also the Armenian part of Armenia in the Vardenis region, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Ministry of Defence of Armmenia statement.
“During the missile and artillery operations against Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh), strikes were made in the direction of Vardenis,” Hovhannisyan said. So far, there is no other flood in other parts of the border, the ministry said.
The Turkish reaction was not long in coming, with a Turkish ministry spokesman saying Ankara was ready to provide full military assistance to Azerbaijan and any other assistance. “Ankara strongly and fully supports Baku’s position,” said Aksoy, a ministry spokesman. According to him, it is always Armenia’s fault, which is hampering stability in the region.
Armenian military destroyed three Azerbaijani tanks
Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated in the last hours of September 27, as we reported earlier in the day. According to the latest information provided by the Armenian Ministry of Defense, three Azerbaijani tanks have been destroyed by the Armenian military.
All this is happening in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and the message comes directly from the press secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia Shushan Stepanyan, published on social networks.
“The enemy suffered casualties and equipment. In particular, three tanks were hit,” Stepanyan wrote. According to the press secretary of the ministry, the fighting continues at the moment.
As we reported earlier today, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan issued a special press release stating that the forces of the Azerbaijani army are launching a counter-offensive operation on the entire Nagorno-Karabakh front.
“The troops of the Azerbaijani army have launched a counter-offensive operation on the entire front,” the republic’s defense ministry said.
The official opinion of the Ministry of Defense is that military actions of the Armenian military units are being observed and that is why the Azeris have taken actions to repel and suppress them.
What is known so far is that the Azerbaijani army has positioned tank and artillery units, frontline aircraft, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles in the region. According to the Minister of Defense, all these units are taking an active part in the offensive operation.
According to a statement from the Azerbaijani military, about 12 Russian-made Osa anti-aircraft missile systems have been destroyed so far, but at the same time the Azeris have lost a combat helicopter believed to have been shot down by the Armenian military.
Under these circumstances, Washington, with the assistance of the embassies in Azerbaijan and Armenia, issued a special press release warning US citizens and their families to limit their travel on the border between the two countries.
“The US Embassy in Baku advises employees and their families not to travel outside the Absheron Peninsula. US citizens in Azerbaijan are encouraged to continue following local news. The embassy calls on US citizens to pay extra attention in public and to avoid any public demonstrations,” said embassy officials in the Azerbaijani capital.
Military analysts and diplomats from the US diplomatic mission announced that they continue to monitor and analyze what is happening at the border and will provide additional information if necessary.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.
During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.
In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed.
The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.
At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.
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