Turkey is ready to support Azerbaijan both at the negotiating table and on the battlefield. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said this today, September 29, during his visit to the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Ankara, state news agency Anadolu reported.
According to him, “in fact, the solution to the problem is simple, and it is the only possible way out”.
“Armenia must withdraw its troops from the occupied lands of Azerbaijan. The problem cannot be solved without de-occupation,” the head of Turkish diplomacy emphasized.
“To date, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, and the OSCE as a whole, have not taken any concrete steps to resolve the conflict. Turkey expects clear steps to solve the problem,” he added.
He went on to address “the entire world community:
“Do not put Azerbaijan and Armenia on the same scale. Today we jointly support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. This is a reasonable and correct position. However, when it comes to Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan, whose lands have been occupied, puts on the same scale as the occupier of Armenia. This position is fundamentally wrong and not fair. This is what I said today and (German Foreign Minister) Heiko Maasu”.
As TOP NEWS was informed, Turkish instructors, who use Turkish arms, including unmanned aerial vehicles and even combat aircraft, are fighting side by side with the Azerbaijani military. Thus, Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan is already quite different from that of the 1990s. Turkey has moved from Armenia’s land blockade to direct involvement in combat operations, Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan said on September 28.
The day before, on September 27, President of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Araik Harutyunyan stated that not only Azerbaijan but also Turkey was at war with Karabakh. “Turkey is also at war with us. They use modern means. Turkish F-16 fighters, which were in Azerbaijan during recent (joint) exercises, were used. Besides, Turkish military units, not to mention mercenaries (from Syria. – Ed.),” Harutyunyan said.
From the very beginning of large-scale hostilities in the Karabakh conflict zone, officials in Yerevan and Stepanakert (the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh) have pointed to Turkey’s direct involvement in preparing for an Azerbaijani offensive along the entire line of contact. Armenian experts also spoke about it, giving convincing arguments.
Let us recall that on September 27, Azerbaijan began intensive shelling of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including Stepanakert, passing into the offensive along the entire 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.