Both Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other on Sunday when a dispute between neighbors over Nagorno-Karabakh erupted into fighting.
The parties fought a bloody battle over the control of the geographically Azerbaijani but ethnically entirely Armenian region during the collapse of the Soviet Union (1988-1994), and tensions have not escaped even after a thin peace agreement.
On Sunday, the heads of state of both states vowed to defeat the opponent.
– Our mission is justified, and we will win the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev borrowed Joseph Stalin motivational speech from the beginning of World War II.
– Azerbaijani forces are defending their own territory.
In practice, however, Nagorno-Karabakh has belonged to Armenia both culturally and economically.
– Be ready to defend your holy homeland, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan wrote on Facebook.
– Let us support our army and our state… we will win.
A state of war has been declared in both Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh and the army has been mobilized in the crisis area. Armenia reported that Azerbaijani soldiers would have attacked civilian targets, killing at least a woman and a child.
Similarly, the Azerbaijani Minister of Defense claimed that their forces only responded to the Armenian attack with the aim of defending the citizens. In any case, Nagorno-Karabakh is now fighting tanks, fighter jets and heavy artillery.
– There are deaths among both civilians and soldiers, spokesman for the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev said.
The initial war over ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh claimed some 30,000 lives. Now the godfather of the region, Russia, is demanding that the parties return to the negotiating table immediately.
– We call on the parties to immediately refrain from hostilities and to start negotiations to calm the situation, the Russian Foreign Minister announced.
Azerbaijan, in turn, receives military support from Turkey.
– We strongly condemn the Armenian attack on Azerbaijan, the President said. Recep Tayyip Erdogan spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.
Similarly, from a Nagorno-Karabakh perspective, the reason is solely Turkey, which had sent “mercenaries” to the region.