Turkish FM holds phone call with Azerbaijani counterpart, blames Armenia for “provocations”
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov over the phone on Tuesday.
The two leaders discussed “Armenian provocations on the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border,” Cavusoglu said on Twitter.
“Armenia should cease its provocations and focus on peace negotiations and cooperation with Azerbaijan," he said.
Azerbaycan Dışişleri Bakanı kardeşim Jeyhun Bayramov’la Azerbaycan-Ermenistan devlet sınırındaki Ermeni provokasyonlarını ele aldık.— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) September 13, 2022
Ermenistan artık tahrikleri bırakmalı. Azerbaycan’la vardıkları uzlaşı çerçevesinde barış müzakerelerine ve işbirliğine odaklanmalı. ????????????????
Armenia’s defense ministry said Azerbaijan launched “intensive shelling” against Armenian military positions in the direction of the cities of Goris, Sok, and Jermuk. Azerbaijani troops used drones, as well as “artillery and large-caliber firearms,” it said.
However, Azerbaijan’s defense ministry accused Armenia of “large-scale subversive acts” on the border, adding that there were losses among Azerbaijani troops as a result of Armenian fire, including from trench mortars.
The fighting marked the latest flare-up between the neighboring countries, who fought a war in 2020 over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Six weeks of fighting in the fall of 2020 claimed more than 6,500 lives and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire.