Defense Ministers of Russia and Turkey Sergei Shoigu and Hulusi Akar discussed by phone the conflict in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh, RIA Novosti reports referring to the Turkish Defense Ministry.
“During telephone conversations with his Russian counterpart, our minister discussed with him Armenia’s attack on Azerbaijan, the situation in Syrian Idlib, Libya and exchanged views on security issues,” the message says.
As noted, Akar expressed the opinion that Armenia should immediately stop “attacks on peaceful settlements and leave the occupied territories.”
On September 27, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced that it was launching a “counter-offensive operation” in response to the actions of the Armenian Armed Forces, which “fired on the settlements on the contact line in Karabakh.”
In the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, it was reported that settlements, including the capital, Stepanakert, were subjected to artillery fire.
As a result of the hostilities, there are civilian and military casualties on both sides. Martial law and mobilization have been declared in Karabakh and Armenia. Partial mobilization has been announced in Azerbaijan, martial law has been introduced in some cities.