S-300 missile systems in Nagorno-Karabakh have come under artillery fire
BAKU, (BM) – BulgarianMilitary.com continues to inform you about what is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh and the current military actions between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
According to information from the Russian news agency Avia.pro, Azerbaijani forces have set fire to the air defense positions around the capital of the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. We are talking about the northern part around the town of Stepanakert where Russian S-300 systems are located.
We remind you that on September 29, the authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh decided on a large-scale and rapid evacuation of the population in Stepanakert, and according to various information sources, the people were sent to the Armenian capital Yerevan. Many of the evacuees in Stepanakert told reporters that they did not know anyone in Yerevan and did not know what would happen to them in the future.
According to the Azerbaijani military, the area around Stepanakert to the north with the Russian S-300 missile systems is under intense artillery fire. Hours ago, the Ministry of Defense in Baku released a video in which a kamikaze drone of their Air Force crashed into such a system [S-300 – ed.] And managed to destroy the starter of the system.
Military experts suggest the area is of strategic importance for Nagorno-Karabakh’s defense, as they say radar systems and several launchers are located there. Azerbaijani experts claim that their military’s attempts to “deactivate” the effect of the area are also dictated by the fact that it has a deployed Krug air defense missile system.
The military logic shows that the intentions of the Azeris are the active use of their air force in this area, which is still being exploited, but not at its full capacity and not so effectively. If Azerbaijan succeeds in deactivating radar and missile systems in the region, it will give Baku freedom in the air and more trouble-free use of their fighters.
Russia to Turkey: if your fighter shot down the Armenian Su-25 we will intervene
On September 30 the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova issued a strong and clear warning to Turkey about the country’s involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“The downing of an Armenian SU-25 fighter from a Turkish F-16, according to the Armenian Defense Ministry, is said to complicate the situation, as Moscow is obliged to provide military assistance to Armenia under the Tashkent Treaty” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
In parallel with Zakharova’s statement, Yerevan hastened to publish photos of the downed Turkish fighter jet, thus refuting Ankara’s claims that this was not true. As we announced yesterday, Yerevan is currently considering whether to take advantage of the activation of Article 4 of the CSTO.
At the same time, Azerbaijan is playing a dangerous game, trying to worsen the situation by sharing information that Turkish F-16s shot down not one but two Armenian fighters.
The information was provided today by the assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hadjiev. He directly accused Armenia of lying and misinformation, and said that the Armenian military is trying to misinform and not present voluminous information to the public and the world.
On September 29 we informed you about downed Armenian Su-25 by Turkish F-16, and according to initial information it was not clear where exactly it was shot down. Later, various reports emerged that this had happened over Armenia or in Armenian airspace.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia.
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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