Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that there was no sense in negotiations with Armenian leader Nikol Pashishyan and demanded the return of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“I met with the Prime Minister of Armenia. However, those meetings were completely meaningless and were formal in nature. He told me that they would not return the territory,” Aliyev said.
According to him, the Armenian side is disrupting the negotiations and opposes the principles developed by the Minsk Group.
The President added that Azerbaijan would fight until the Armenian armed forces left the “occupied lands”.
On September 27, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry stated that it starts a “counter-offensive operation” in response to the actions of Armenian Armed Forces that “fired on settlements on the contact line in Karabakh”.
The unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was informed that settlements, including the capital Stepanakert, were under artillery fire.
As a result of the hostilities, there were civilian and military casualties on both sides. Martial law and mobilization have been declared in Karabakh and Armenia. Partial mobilization has been declared in Azerbaijan and martial law has been introduced in some cities.