Ankara officials have announced full support for Azerbaijan and called on Armenia to “stop aggression” after fighting and hostilities began in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region.
“We will support our Azerbaijani brothers by all means in their fight to protect their territorial integrity,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan also reacted to the resurgence of the conflict on Facebook: “Armenia, through its attacks on Azerbaijan, has once again shown the world that it is the greatest threat to peace and peace in the region. As always, the Turkish nation is with the Azerbaijani brothers with all the means at its disposal.
We invite the Armenian people to take care of their future and to protect them from those who use it as a puppet. “
Armenia has declared martial law and ordered a full mobilization of the army following clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region with Azerbaijan, the country’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, said on Sunday.
We strongly support our state, our army and we will win. Long live the glorious Armenian army! ”, Wrote on Twitter the head of the Armenian executive. “We strongly condemn the aggression of Azerbaijan’s politico-military leadership against the Artsah Republic (Nagorno-Karabakh). The Armenian side will act with confidence in all its capabilities to ensure the security of the Artsah people and to provide the appropriate political and military response. Azerbaijan’s politico-military leadership bears full responsibility for the consequences of its aggression, “the Armenian Foreign Ministry said on its website.
Armenia claims that Azerbaijan has carried out an air and artillery attack on the Nagorno-Karabakh region, while the Azerbaijani side says it has done nothing but respond to an aggression by Armenian forces, which – according to Baku authorities – launched attacks. “Deliberate and targeted” along the front line.
In turn, Azerbaijani authorities announced that six localities previously under Armenian control had been captured, according to AFP. “We are defending our territory, our cause is right!” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in a message to his compatriots.
In response to recent events in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Azerbaijani army has announced that a full mobilization is not needed as it has enough military personnel. The two Caucasus countries have a long-running dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region on the Azerbaijani territory, but populated mostly by ethnic Armenians.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said of the conflict that “regrettably” caused military and civilian casualties in the Nagorno-Karabakh separatist region that the EU calls for an immediate end to hostilities. de-escalation and strict observation of the ceasefire ”.
“There is an urgent need to return to negotiations for an agreement on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, under the auspices of the co-chairs of the OSCE Group in Minsk, without preconditions,” said a statement from European Commission Vice President Josep Borrell.
The evolution of the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is “disturbing”, and Romania calls on both sides to resume political dialogue in order to find solutions through peaceful means, said Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu.
“The evolution of the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, on the line of contact, is disturbing. Romania calls on both sides to escalate the conflict and resume political dialogue, in order to find solutions exclusively through peaceful means, within international law,” he wrote. , Sunday, on Twitter, Aurescu.
Although a ceasefire agreement was reached in 1994, Armenia and Azerbaijan frequently accuse each other of attacks in Nagorno-Karabakh and along the border between them.