Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Armenia of “occupying” the territories of Azerbaijan, RIA Novosti reports.
“It’s time to end the occupation of Armenia, it’s time to pay the bills. Otherwise, Armenia will continue to be headstrong. She must leave the occupied lands. Everyone knows that these are the lands of Azerbaijan, ”Erdogan said during a speech in Istanbul.
He also expressed the opinion that the OSCE Minsk Group for 30 years has not been able to resolve the Karabakh issue and “did everything so that it would not be resolved.”
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 at 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.