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Azerbaijan has not requested help in Nagorno-Karabakh, however Turkey will assist if requested – FM Cavusoglu

Azerbaijan has not requested assistance in Nagorno-Karabakh, but Turkey will help if asked – FM Cavusoglu


Baku has not requested any assist from Ankara within the ongoing battle with Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area, the Turkish overseas minister mentioned. Nonetheless, Turkey “wouldn’t hesitate” to offer assist if requested.

Ankara has not acquired any formal requests for help from Azerbaijan, International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu instructed journalists at a joint press convention with Italy’s high diplomat, Luigi di Maio. Baku is at present locked in an armed standoff with Yerevan following a not too long ago flare-up of a chronic battle between the 2 neighbors.

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Ankara, which earlier pledged army and diplomatic assist to Azerbaijan in repelling what it known as “Armenian aggression,” nonetheless maintains that Baku is able to securing its pursuits by itself. Nevertheless, Cavusoglu additionally mentioned that “if the scenario isn’t resolved” and Azerbaijan does ask for help, Turkey “wouldn’t hesitate” to offer it “it doesn’t matter what others say.”

The Turkish overseas minister additionally mentioned that the Turks and Azerbaijani are “one nation” residing in two states. He additionally acknowledged that Armenia’s “withdrawal” from what he known as “occupied territories” is the one answer for the battle and the required precondition for Azerbaijan to comply with a ceasefire.

If the worldwide neighborhood desires to “do one thing,” it should encourage Yerevan to tug its troops out of Nagorno-Karabakh, the minister mentioned whereas castigating the OSCE Minsk Group, which incorporates Russia, the US, and France, for “doing nothing” to resolve the decades-old frozen battle between the 2 neighbors.

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Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed the joint name for peace issued by Moscow, Washington, and Paris as unacceptable, and mentioned the “time to behave” has come.

The outbreak of violence occurred final Sunday and each side have been engaged in intense combating ever since. Armenia has repeatedly accused Turkey of aiding Azerbaijani army efforts by coordinating its airstrikes and even deploying Turkish army plane to the battle zone. Ankara has denied the accusations and maintained that its forces usually are not participating within the battle.

French President Emmanuel Macron has in the meantime mentioned that France has “credible” data indicating that Syrian militants arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh by way of Turkey. Earlier, Russia additionally voiced related considerations.

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