Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed full support to Azerbaijan in connection with the aggravation of the conflict with Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh. He stated this in a conversation with Azerbaijani President Alham Aliyev, Interfax reports with reference to local media.
The Turkish leader confirmed that he would provide “any assistance” to Azerbaijan and called Armenia the main threat to stability and peace in the region.
Earlier it was reported that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed what was happening with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Lavrov expressed concern and called on the parties to cease fire.
A new aggravation of the conflict became known earlier on September 27. Azerbaijan announced the shelling by the Armenian troops, resulting in casualties among the civilian population, and began a military operation on the border. Full mobilization has been announced in Armenia, the authorities of the disputed region are reporting dead Armenian soldiers and civilians.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, inhabited mainly by Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, a war broke out. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, with the mediation of Russia, signed a truce protocol. Military operations are resumed periodically. In July of this year, clashes took place on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, about 300 kilometers from Karabakh. The death toll on both sides was 18.