If the world community gives the wrong geopolitical assessment of the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, Europe should “wait for Turkey near Vienna,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview with the German edition Bild, which was published today, October 4.
Answering the question about what actions Germany should take in the current situation, Pashinyan answered:
“I expect a clear position. If the international community assesses the geopolitical importance of this situation incorrectly, Europe should expect Turkey near Vienna”.
According to the Prime Minister, Ankara recruits and transports terrorists from Syria to fight against Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, while the Turkish army is directly involved in the conflict.
“I think 100 years later Turkey returned to the South Caucasus region to continue Armenian genocide. Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia have now become in front of civilization. Armenians in the South Caucasus are the last obstacle for Turkey’s expansion to the north, south-east, and east. Turkey’s imperialist policy stretches far beyond the South Caucasus,” Pashinyan said.
He further pointed to Turkey’s actions in the Mediterranean, Libya, Iraq, and Syria.
“First, as I said, Turkey recruits and transports terrorists from Syria to fight against Artsakh (the Armenian historical name for Nagorno-Karabakh – Ed.) and Armenia. Second, the Turkish army is involved in that process. This shows Turkey’s imperialist policy, whose actions are aimed at restoring the “Turkish Empire”,” the Bild interlocutor said.
Earlier, the head of the Armenian government and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had several telephone conversations during which the sides discussed the situation in the Karabakh conflict zone and expressed the need for an immediate ceasefire.
As TOP NEWS reports, Angela Merkel previously advocated for the parties to the armed conflict to agree on a humanitarian pause for the removal of the bodies of those killed in the Karabakh conflict zone, “She supported in all respects the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Russia, USA, and France) of October 1,” the German government noted.
On October 1, the Presidents of Russia, USA, and France, as heads of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries within the framework of which the Karabakh conflict settlement process was implemented, made a joint statement. Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Emmanuelle Macron condemn in the strongest possible terms the escalation of violence taking place on the line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone, the document says. “We mourn the deaths and express our condolences to the families of the killed and wounded. We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities between the armed forces of the parties involved. We also call on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately commit themselves in good faith and without preconditions to resume negotiations on the substance of the settlement with the assistance of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs,” the statement said.
It should be recalled that on September 27, Azerbaijan began intensive shelling of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including Stepanakert, stepping on the offensive along the line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone. The operations, called “counteroffensive” in Baku, are conducted in the northern, eastern, and southeastern parts of the front. Martial law and general mobilization have been declared in Armenia. Azerbaijan has also announced martial law and partial mobilization on its territory.