Turkey has every right to intervene in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Erdogan said
ANKARA, (BM) – According to a statement made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday [October 23rd – ed.], the Turkish side has every right to react, intervene and even participate in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which began on September 27th, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
We recall that so far Erdogan and the Turkish administration have categorically denied the country’s involvement in this conflict, after being subjected to fierce international criticism. Three intelligence services provided evidence that Turkey was not only involved in the military conflict in the area, but also paid Syrian mercenaries to take part in it. These are the intelligence services of Russia, France and the military intelligence services of the Pentagon, the United States.
With this statement, the Turkish president once again indirectly confirmed that Ankara is deeply involved in the hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh so far. However, Erdogan’s logic is worrying, according to which, since Russia has the right to intervene in the conflict, there is no reason for Turkey to do so. The problem with Erdogan’s statement is the lack of evidence of any Russian intervention in the conflict, including the involvement of the private military company Wagner.
Moreover, Russia has no use playing the role of arbiter on this front. Moscow strongly opposes hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and has called on third countries to withdraw their fighters from the front.
Erdogan’s statement and Turkey’s involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have its logic on the international political and economic map. Especially in the area of the North Atlantic Alliance, which stubbornly avoids any sanctions against Ankara for buying S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia. Apparently, according to a military analyst, while Ankara is keeping Moscow under pressure on several fronts [Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh], NATO has no problem with the fact that the Turks have acquired these missile systems.
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.
Erdogan accused Russia, US and France of supplying weapons to Armenia
As we reported on October 19 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially accused the three Minsk Group of supplying weapons to the Armenian military during their conflict with the Azerbaijani army over the disputed and unrecognized territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Erdogan made the accusation during a depot with lawmakers from the Justice and Development Party in Turkey, Anadolu Ajani reported.
We remind you that the so-called the three Minsk Group includes three major military nations – Russia, the United States and France, better known as the OSCE Minsk Group. In a speech to lawmakers, the Turkish president also spoke of the ceasefire violated on October 18th in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, directly accusing Armenia of violating it, which has prevented humanitarian action from the two countries.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that nearly five days ago, on October 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Erdogan held a long and in-depth conversation, which served Putin to express serious concern about the presence of fighters from the Middle East, who they are currently fighting as mercenaries in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
We remind you that dozens of European and American media, as well as the Syrian Organization for Human Rights [SOHR – ed.], which is based in London, have repeatedly appealed and warned that Turkey and Azerbaijan pay Syrian mercenaries, transport them from northern Syria, train them to fight terrorists. camps and then sent them directly along the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict line. Turkey and Azerbaijan have repeatedly denied the use of Syrian mercenaries, but the fact that a high-level conversation has taken place between Russia and Turkey on the subject is proof of the truth of the allegations
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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