Azerbaijan accused Russia of maintaining the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
BAKU, (BM) – The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh remains unchanged. Military action continues along the lines of the conflict, with the two countries involved in it [Armenia and Azerbaijan – ed.] Suffering their defeats. Our correspondents stay close to the fighting to inform us and provide up-to-date information.
At the same time, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev made a serious statement accusing the Russian Federation directly that one of the main reasons for the continued military conflict is Moscow’s direct involvement in hostilities. Aliyev is targeting a Russian base in Gyumri, which Moscow has used to supply new military equipment to Armenian forces, which have been destroying the Azerbaijani army for nearly a month. “Russia’s intervention in the conflict could have serious consequences,” the Azerbaijani president said.
According to Aliyev, there are many Russian-made MiG-29 and MiG-30 fighters on the territory of Armenia, as well as nearly 5,000 Russian servicemen, which are located at the military base in Gyumri. The Azerbaijani president also added that “according to our data [Azerbaijani intelligence – ed.] Periodically from there [Russian military base in Gyumri – ed.] Come deliveries to the Armenian armed forces and these are facts, contrary to what was said about us.” The Azerbaijani president also said that if Russia had not made these deliveries, Armenia would not have been able to withstand the Azerbaijani attacks or to stand and defend territory that actually belongs to Azerbaijan. Aliyev also said that with these actions Russia provides political and moral support to the Armenians who are bombing Azerbaijani famines and population.
The Azerbaijani president’s allegations come at a time when some military analysts have found logic and even backed them up with facts, saying that during a period of hostilities the Azeris began to suffer heavy losses, which would be explained by the availability of new weapons. Until now, Russia has officially continued to push for a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
However, BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that there are indisputable data from three foreign military intelligence services [Russia, the United States and France] that Azerbaijan and Turkey are transporting Syrian mercenaries to take part in the conflict that has been raging for almost a month now. Despite Aliyev’s “facts” about Russia’s involvement in the conflict and his “dictatorial” stance on media transparency, it should be noted that it was not he but satellite images that proved the presence of Turkish F-16 fighters in Azerbaijan, which is in stark contrast to his claims.
We remind you that in the last two weeks, the Russian aerospace forces have carried out at least four air strikes on military training bases in northern Syria, which are preparing mercenaries for the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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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