ANKARA, (BM) – We continue to monitor not only the development of the conflict, by informing about the actual hostilities in the heart of Nagorno-Karabakh, but also the military-political issues concerning the two warring countries – Armenia and Azerbaijan.
BulgarianMilitary.com learned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially accused the Minsk Troika 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 Minsk Troika 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.
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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