BAKU, TEREVAN, (BM) – The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is escalating. Well-known journalist Krikor Tsakidjian gives us a lot of information, while confirming the revelation of the Greek media Pentapostagma about the presence of Turkish F-16s in Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh.
At the same time, Armenia is ready to use Russian Iskander ballistic missiles in the Nagorno-Karabakh region if Turkey launches F-16 fighter jets in support of the Azerbaijani army, Armenian military officials said yesterday [September 28th].
What exactly does journalist Krikor Tsakidjian say: “Azerbaijan’s war against Nagorno-Karabakh continues unabated. The Armenian government has announced that the death toll in Nagorno-Karabakh has increased. Many children were injured. About 80 wounded were taken to a hospital in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, as Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, could not take care of all the wounded.”
Twenty-four hours have passed since the declaration of the Azerbaijani war in Nagorno-Karabakh, and Turkey has not missed an opportunity to play an active role. According to the Armenian ambassador to Moscow, the Turks are sending 4,000 jihadists from Syria to fight on the side of the Azerbaijanis in the front line.
It has already become known that Turkey has sent four F16 fighter jets to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, to take part in air operations against the Armenians. The planes took part with other 10 F16s a few days ago in a joint exercise conducted by Turks and Azerbaijanis in Nakhichevan, another pro-Turkish Muslim country located on Armenia’s western border.
According to sources, the losses for the Azeris continue to accumulate, which is unusual because of the military equipment at their disposal. Experts say that in this case, the losses may be dictated by inexperience among Azerbaijani soldiers.
Russia sent three of its MiG-29 fighters to Armenia using Iranian airspace
As we reported earlier today we have received information from a local source in Yerevan that the Russian military had begun transferring its fighters to Yerevan to help Armenia. The source claims that he has so far filmed at least three Russian MiG-29s. It should be noted that, as far as is known, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey are closing their airspace to Russia, which leads to the following logical conclusion – Moscow is using Iran’s airspace to transfer the fighters to Yerevan.
Ateo Breaking shared the video in its Telegram channel, claiming that the fighters flew over Yerevan, but without distinctive signs, so the nationality of the fighters cannot be stated with certainty. Experience in recent years in a hybrid conventional war has shown that Moscow is fully capable and well-rounded in such situations, which does not rule out the possibility of Russian fighters being transferred to Armenia.
Let’s not forget that Russia strongly supports and stands behind Yerevan, and the possibility of allowing it to be involved in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh for the second time is unacceptable for Putin, so he and his administration will try to suppress everything that started at the very beginning.
Back to the fighters, the possibility that they have reached Armenia is increased by the fact that neither Georgia, nor Azerbaijan, nor Turkey have reported their airspace being violated.
Until now, BulgarianMilitary.com cannot confirm the authenticity of the video, as in reality, without an official statement from one of the two countries [Armenia or Russia – ed.] It may have been shot anywhere in the region. But serious attention must be paid to the following basic and important strategic fact – Moscow has an air base, which leads us to the next logical conclusion – the transfer of fighters from Moscow to Yerevan is not an unusual practice and in the context of the conflict is more than expected.
Especially at a time when Tehran has not closed its airspace to Russian aircraft. A fact that may be more than key to future development or conflict resolution.
As we reported earlier today, the Deputy Commander of the Armenian Army Artsakh Artur Sargsyan said that the Azerbaijani military has suffered heavy losses in the last two days, which include at least 400 Azerbaijani soldiers killed.
According to Sargsyan, Armenian forces have so far destroyed 47 armored vehicles, mainly tanks and 36 military attack and surveillance drones.
“In the last two days of fighting, Azerbaijani troops have lost more than 400 people. As of 5:00 pm on September 28, the following enemy losses were registered: 36 UAVs, 47 armored vehicles, more than 400 casualties,” Sargsyan told a news conference.
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.
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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