In an unprecedented move, the Ministry of National Defense of Turkey claimed on November 4 that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces had shot down a Su-25 warplane of the Armenian Air Force over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The heroic Azerbaijani Armed Forces continue their heroic and selfless struggle to save the occupied territories [Nagorno-Karabakh], another SU-25 warplane was shot down,” the ministry said on Twitter.
The Ministry of National Defense went on to claim that seven warplanes of the Armenian Air Force have been shot down by Azerbaijan, thus far.
The Turkish claims were not confirmed by the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, which does not appear to be aware of any such incident. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia denied the claims. No evidence was presented by the Turkish side.
Several Turkish F-16 warplanes are currently deployed in Azerbaijan. On September 29, Armenia said one of its Su-25s was shot down by an F-16 of the Turkish Air Force. Back then, Ankara went defensive, denying any involvement.
According to Armenia, the Turkish Air Force is commanding and controlling all of Azerbaijan’s aerial operations over Nagorno-Karabakh.
While Turkey denies this, its announcement today indicates that its military is involved in the Azerbaijani attack on Nagorno-Karabakh. Ankara’s role in the attack appears to bigger than what was initially thought.
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