Azerbaijan, clashes in the frontier

Turkey condemns Armenia’s new attacks on Azerbaijan

At least three Azerbaijani soldiers died on the border in an attack launched by the Armenian army, unusually far from the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey‘s foreign minister strongly condemned on Monday the latest attack launched by Armenian troops against positions of the Azerbaijani army on the border between the two countries, warning the Armenian government that it must respect the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, which Ankara will continue supporting “with everything we have”.

In a live televised interview with TRT Haber, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu condemned in the harshest terms the border attack on Sunday in which three Azerbaijani soldiers were killed and five others wounded, urging Armenia to retreat from Azerbaijan’s illegally snatched territories.

The incident was reportedly sparked on Sunday when Armenian and Azeri troops exchanged fire in the northern area of ​​their common border. The fighting continued on Monday with mutual accusations of having started hostilities, although the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry accused the Armenian army of having opened fire on Azerbaijani positions in the Tovuz region: an unusual area as it is far removed from the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“The Azerbaijani army has done what was necessary and repelled these attacks,” Çavuşoğlu said in the interview, in which he described the latest act of aggression as “unacceptable“. “With what happened we see that by opening new conflict zones, Armenia wants to attract attention to other areas, especially far from the territories it occupies,” added the Turkish foreign minister.

Azerbaijan is not alone. The Republic of Turkey and the Turkish people are with Azerbaijan, with all our capacities,” stressed the minister. Previously, the Turkish Foreign Ministry had condemned the Armenian aggression, calling it a new expression of aggressive Armenian nationalism and an attempt by Yerevan to divert international attention from its illegal occupation for decades of the territory of Azerbaijan.