The self-styled Neo-Ottoman Empire of President Recent Tayyip Erdogan is on the full-scale propaganda offensive to instigate the Armenian-Azerbaijani war.
On October 1, the United States, Russia and France released a joint statement condemning the violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, calling on the sides to accept the ceasefire and return to the negotiation table.
“The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the President of the United States of America Donald Trump and the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
We deplore the loss of human lives and extend our condolences to the families of those killed and injured.
We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities between the relevant military forces.
We also call on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to commit without delay to resuming substantive negotiations, in good faith and without preconditions, under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs,” the text of the statement published by the Kremlin says.
In response, President Erdogan made a fierce statement slamming the OSCE and claiming that Azerbaijan should continue its military push to capture the Nagorno-Karabakh region and thus the war with Armenia.
“I would like to declare that we are together with our brothers in Azerbaijan in their struggle for the liberation of their occupied land. The path to lasting peace in this region lies through the withdrawal of Armenia from all the spans of the Azerbaijani lands occupied by them. Our Azeri brothers are cutting their own umbilical cord. I warn those who support this rogue state that they will held accountable before the common conscience of humanity,” Erdogan said addressing the Turkish Parliament, which started its fourth legislative session of the 27th term on Oct. 1.
“Especially the so-called Minsk trio America, Russia, France and their seeking of a ceasefire in the face of this negative situation, which has been reflected these days because they have neglected this problem for nearly 30 years, is above all not acceptable.”
It is interesting to note that while Erdogan claimed that the Azerbaijani military has been advancing, he laid blame for the escalation on Armenia.
“The crisis that started with the occupation of Crimea in the Black Sea can rise again any time. The clashes that started with the attack of Armenia, which occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, against Azerbaijan are the most concrete examples of this.”
Earlier, the Turkish leadership declared that it is ready to provide any help, including the military one, to Azerbaijan. The Armenian side claims that Turkey is already in fact participating in the war on the side of Azerbaijan.
On the other hand, the position of Armenia looks pretty strange. In the previous years, it provide a pretty visible anti-Russian and pro-US policy thus setting ground for the Azerbaijani advance on the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (a de-facto independent state in the contested region). On the other hand, even 4 days after the start of the war with Azerbaijan, the Armenian leadership has still not started the process of the recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic or the official integration of the region into Armenia.
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