Moscow/Ankara/Yerevan: Turkey said that it was offering its support to Azerbaijan for regaining the land areas which are currently occupied warning that Azerbaijan would not wait for another 30 years for finding a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh war. The country has also demanded Armenia immediately pull back its troops from the Azeri territory. As Turkey takes an aggressive stance over the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Russia disallowed the country to participate in the negotiations for ceasefire ongoing between the warring nations.
On Friday, talks were held in Moscow with initiative from Russian President Vladimir Putin for establishing a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Before the agreed ceasefire could come into force, new clashes erupted between the two nations. Armenia and Azerbaijan started launching fierce attacks on each other’s territory with claims of causing significant damages to their opponents. Armenia carried out drone and missile strikes on Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh and neighbouring Hadrut. Further, the Azeri Defence Ministry claims to have destroyed the T-72 tanks as well as the Grad multiple launch rocket systems of the Armenian Army. On the other hand, Armenia continues to launch attacks on Azeri cities and has targeted city of Barda after its second-largest city Ganja.
As heavy fighting continues, a video has surfaced which exposes Turkey and shows Syrian militants being sent to Azerbaijan. The video features Turkish trained Syrian terrorists, which are active in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Also, the militants are seen standing in front of borders with Armenia’s name on it and are giving threats. Given the scenario, lawmakers of the Nagorno-Karabakh have called on Armenia, Russia and Iran to set up a counter-terrorism coordination centre. The lawmakers have also urged the countries to neutralise terrorists who have infiltrated the region and their bases. Reports suggest Turkey has sent over 1,200 terrorists to the area which Russia, France and the international community has severely criticised. However, Turkey has rebuffed all claims.
In the meanwhile, Turkey is assuming an overly aggressive stance in the Armenia-Azerbaijan war. Before the battle broke out between the two nations last month, Turkey had provided Azerbaijan with significant military assistance. Turkey appears to be extending not only military but also political support to Azerbaijan. Furthermore, the country has also demanded it be included in the efforts towards establishing a ceasefire between the warring nations. Azerbaijan President voiced Turkey’s desire during the talks with Russia. Nevertheless, Russia has outright rejected the demand. The Russian Foreign Minister clearly stated that the country had no intentions of including any other nation in the ongoing talks which it had initiated.
Russia has always backed Armenia, and the Foreign Minster’s statements have once again affirmed that its stance continues to remain the same. At the same time, discussions between Foreign Ministers of Russia and Turkey suggested Ankara’s stand was becoming more aggressive. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Aakar was said to have adamantly demanded the Armenian Army pull back from Nagorno-Karabakh under any circumstance. Moreover, the Turkish Defence Ministry has also said that Turkey would continue its support to Azerbaijan until the region was freed entirely from Armenian control. Given Turkey’s rigid stance, the possibility of the Armenia-Azerbaijan war ending anytime soon, therefore, appears to be fading away.