Turkey supports Azerbaijan and condemns the actions of Armenia. This was stated by the official representative of the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalyn, reports TASS.
According to him, Yerevan violated the ceasefire, attacked the civilian population and demonstrated that it opposes peace and stability. Kalyn added that the international community must stop provocations.
Earlier, Azerbaijan announced a full-scale counter-offensive military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the country's Ministry of Defense, 12 units of OSA anti-aircraft missile systems of the Armenian air defense units were destroyed. The ministry also confirmed that the combat helicopter of the Azerbaijani Air Force was shot down in the Terter direction, all the crew members were alive.
The press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan said that Armenian forces shot down two helicopters and three unmanned aerial vehicles of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that the combat aircraft of the Azerbaijani Air Force launched an attack in the direction of Karabakh.
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.