Yerevan/Ankara: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made the startling claim that ‘Armenia is the last obstacle in the way of Turkey and their expansion towards the north, and the east. Turkey’s prime objective is to remove the obstruction, for which it wants to bring about the genocide of Armenians and reinstate the Turkish Empire.’ While justifying his claims, the Prime Minister highlighted the Turkish activities against Greece and the country’s interference in Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan has claimed to have seized control of eight villages in Nagorno-Karabakh in the war currently ongoing with Armenia.
A massive battle has broken out in the Central Asian nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan since last Sunday, and the war continues to widen by the day. On Saturday, both countries had launched heavy rocket and missile attacks on one another. An airbase in Ganja, recognised as Azerbaijan’s second-largest city, was claimed to have been destroyed. The base was being reportedly used to target Armenian military locations in Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev has announced taking control of Madagiz and six other villages. In the past 24 hours, both sides are believed to have suffered heavy casualties in the war although reports on it remain unconfirmed.
In light of recent events, Armenian Prime Minister caused a sensation with his genocidal allegations against Turkey. In an interview with news channel France 24, the Prime Minister warned that Turkey would be successful at incorporating Armenian and Greek islands. At the same time, it may even be able to expand further into Europe’s Vienna. Earlier, Armenia had claimed Azerbaijan is receiving complete backing from Turkey in the war raging in Nagorno-Karabakh and accused Ankara of providing large-scale arms and ammunition. Now, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has directly blamed Turkey for genocide, shredding light at the current situation not being limited to just Nagorno-Karabakh. Further, the Armenian Prime Minister went on to warn that Turkish activities would cast the shadows of destruction on the entire region.
In the last decade, during World War I, the Ottoman Empire was responsible for the killings of at least 1.5 million Armenians. The events are recognised as the first mass genocide of the 20th century. However, Turkey had rejected the international community’s recognition of the events as being genocidal. Given the history, a severe reaction may emerge from Turkey over the allegations of the Armenian Prime Minister.