Turkey denounces Armenia for "provocative" actions against Azerbaijan, reiterates support for Baku

Turkey denounces Armenia for "provocative" actions against Azerbaijan, reiterates support for Baku
Update: 29 September 2022 15:46
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Turkish National Security Council blamed interested parties for "deepening the disputes" between the two countries

Turkey condemned Armenia for its actions against Azerbaijan that Ankara deems to be “provocative.”

Turkish National Security Council (MGK) that convened under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, also slammed interested parties for “deepening the disputes” between the two countries.

“All interested parties, primarily the regional countries also should contribute to a permanent solution, instead of deepening the disputes,” it said.

Turkey sided with Baku and provided military support to the country during the Second Nagorno-Karabakh war in autumn 2020. The six-week long clashes ended with a Russia-brokered truce in November 2020. While the two sides held talks for a long-term political settlement under the auspices of the European Union and the support of international community since then, on Sept.12, Azerbaijan launched a military aggression against Armenia saying that it has taken “retaliatory” measures against Armenian armed forces’ “large-scale provocations.” 

Denying the allegations, Armenia accused Azerbaijan for shelling Armenian positions and occupying ten square kilometers of Armenian sovereign territory. The two-day conflict has ended with a truce on Sept.14 and left 271 casualties in total on both sides. 207 Armenian soldiers have been killed, according to Armenian Security Council’s statement. Azerbaijan announced 71 military casualties. 

Reiterating strong support for Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia, MGK called on Yerevan administration to fulfil its covenant obligations.

MGK said Azerbaijan strives to achieve a permanent peace in the region and called on Armenia to use this “opportunity.”