BAKU, (BM) – The F-16 multipurpose fighters of the Turkish Air Force arrived in Azerbaijan today, July 31, to participate in the joint exercises TurAz Qartalı-2020, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Ministry of Defense of the Transcaucasian republic statement.
Speakers at the solemn event noted the importance of conducting exercises in Azerbaijan and wished the participants good luck in performing combat aviation flights, the ministry said.
As part of joint exercises with the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, the Turkish army this week transferred T-129 ATAK attack helicopters to Nakhichevan, an enclave of the Transcaucasian republic located at the junction of the borders of Turkey, Iran and Armenia.
Multipurpose helicopters of the Turkish Armed Forces arrived on military transport planes and immediately began to be brought into readiness for flight tactical exercises with live firing at the military airfield of the Azerbaijan Separate Combined Arms Army.
As EADaily reported, personnel, armored vehicles, artillery installations and mortars, combat and transport helicopters of the Air Force, as well as air defense units and anti-aircraft missile units of the armies of the two countries are involved in the exercises of Azerbaijan and Turkey.
According to the Azerbaijani military department, on August 1-5, maneuvers with the involvement of ground forces will be held in Baku and Nakhichevan, where the Separate Combined Arms Army of the country’s Armed Forces is stationed. July 29 – August 10 exercises with the participation of combat aircraft will be held in the capital region, Ganja, Kurdamir, Yevlakh and Nakhichevan.
Experts call the joint exercises of Azerbaijan and Turkey a military-political reaction of the two countries to the armed conflict this month on the northern section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the exercises that followed in the territory of the Southern Military District (SUMO) of Russia.
On July 31, a surprise check of the combat readiness of the troops was announced in the Armenian Armed Forces. “The inspection began early in the morning and is proceeding in accordance with the combat training plan for 2020. It involves associations, military units of the first echelon and part of the centrally subordinated forces, which are brought to a high degree of combat readiness, ”the Armenian military department noted.
Recall, on July 12, on the border of the two Transcaucasian republics, in the Tavush region of Armenia and the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan, a major armed incident took place. According to the Armenian military department, Azerbaijani servicemen attempted to violate the state border in a UAZ vehicle.
After a warning from the Armenian side, the Azerbaijani military, leaving the car, returned to their positions, after which the enemy opened artillery fire, trying to capture the Armenian stronghold. However, the Azeri servicemen were thrown back from their positions with the return fire, having suffered losses in manpower. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has admitted the death of twelve soldiers from its side.
Armenia reported five dead servicemen. Both sides claim to inflict serious damage on the enemy in manpower and equipment, destroy firing points and command posts. Armenian media claim that the armed forces of the republic are taking up new combat positions on the border with Azerbaijan.
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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