Turkey has reaffirmed its strong support for Azerbaijan, which is embroiled in a war with Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
On Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
He reiterated Turkey’s strong support for Azerbaijan in the ongoing war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. “Turkey stands with its brothers in Baku,” he said bluntly.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu has arrived in Azerbaijan, a day after Armenia discussed possible security assistance with Russia.
Earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan wrote a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking for help in the Nagorno-Karabakh war.
In response, Russia on Saturday said it would provide all necessary assistance to Armenia in accordance with a defense agreement if the fighting escalated.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has called the Armenian prime minister’s letter “a defeat.”
Armenia-Azerbaijan does not want to surrender
Ilham Aliyev said: “It seems that Armenia has given up, but it does not want to surrender.”
He says Azerbaijan wants to resolve the issue through talks, but “Armenia has nothing to do with peace.” He has always wanted to occupy the area of Karabakh.
He claimed that Azerbaijan had occupied 200 settlements in the Karabakh region since the fighting began on September 27.
He says the war will not end unless Armenia backs down.
Amid rising tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, international analysts have warned that Turkey and Russia could also be involved in the conflict.
Attempts have been made to establish a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia, but to no avail.
Within hours of the ceasefire, the two countries began accusing each other of violating it.
Both countries have accused each other of firing on each other and throwing bombs. Shelling has been reported several times outside the disputed Nagarno-Karabakh area, far from the border.
Azerbaijan said last week that Armenia had attacked Nakhchivan. Nakhchivan is an autonomous republic that is part of Azerbaijan. Nakhchivan is an isolated region of mainland Azerbaijan due to a thin strip of Armenia.
Armenia has denied any attack on Nakhchivan, and Azerbaijan has claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to sources, drones are being used in large numbers in the ongoing war between the two countries.
This is one of the reasons why the issue of Turkey is being raised in the current war. It is said that the drone weapons purchased from Turkey enabled Azerbaijan to advance this war. Turkey has also come under fire for drone strikes and civilian casualties inside the country.