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S-300 missile systems in Armenia, downed Turkish UAVs, Iran strengthens border

BAKU, TEREVAN, TEHRAN, (BM) – The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia is deepening, and there are no prospects for the fighting to end in the next few hours, BulgarianMilitary.com learned from local and European media.

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According to various sources, the Armenian army has deployed Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, which it hopes will stop the destructive force of Turkish Bayraktar drones or a possible Turkish air attack with F-16 fighters.

We remind you that in the middle of the year Azerbaijan bought a set of dozens of Turkish attacking drones Bayraktar, after being impressed by their astonishing power and their successful counteraction to the Russian mobile anti-aircraft missile systems Painzer-C1 in Syria.

In this regard, according to local sources, the Armenian army has managed to shoot down at least two Turkish Bayraktar drones in recent hours, which in the last 12 hours have defeated Russian stationary anti-aircraft missile systems Osa, which are in service with the Armenian military.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavushuglu told Turkish journalists that Ankara is ready to support Baku with military force at any time if necessary. We recall that the Turkish President today neither confirmed nor denied the presence of Turkish troops in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

According to unofficial information, about 4,000 mercenaries are currently being transported from Syria to join the defense of Azerbaijan, on orders and funding from Ankara. This information was actually provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), but we know that it is not always completely reliable.

Iran, for its part, has taken measures to protect Iranian territory and, in order to prevent possible escalation of tensions along its border with the Azeris, has decided to raise the border garrisons and to strengthen the security and inviolability of the border line.

In general, Moscow stands firmly behind Yerevan and the Armenian people, which is a prerequisite for the aggravation of the already strained relations between Turkey and Russia, which are currently opposed on two fronts – Syria and Libya.

What’s happened to September 27 in Nagorno-Karabakh region

Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated again on September 27 after 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.

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.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

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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