YEREVAN (ArmInfo)—In response to statements made by the Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces on the liberation of “territories of Azerbaijan,” spokesperson for the president of Nagorno-Karabakh, David Babayan, has said that they confirm that Armenia should never forget who it is dealing with.
To note, Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Hulusi Akar recently stated that Turkey, “will do everything possible to liberate the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Everything will be ok. Rest assured, we will do all we can.”
Babayan thinks that NATO should seriously consider such statements by Turkish officials.
“What is this? Is this the official stand of the North-Atlantic Alliance or does NATO fail to control its members?” Babayan says. He notes that Akar’s statement followed the statement of Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov, who promised to “liberate” Nagorno-Karabakh in the shortest time possible.
“A rhetorical question arises: Is this stand of Ankara coordinated with NATO? Do they want to unleash war here? I am not sure they do, especially given that NATO has repeatedly confirmed its support to the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ efforts towards peaceful settlement of the conflict and the inadmissibility of resumption of military operations in the conflict zone,” Babayan said.
At the same time, he stresses that Turkey’s destructive stance is unacceptable. Babayan says that Akar’s statement demonstrates that Ankara ignores the NATO and the United States.
Another question, Babayan says, is how Turkey will help Azerbaijan “liberate the territories.”
“Will it send troops to the South Caucasus? How will it be perceived by the countries of the region and by the superpowers? Otherwise, the statement proves to be either irresponsible or populist. If it is a populist statement, then the domestic political situation in Turkey is so serious that it causes concerns,” he says.
Babayan stresses the need to understand whether Akar’s statement is addressed to the domestic audience or if it is an attempt to restore “pan-Turkism” and to increase the army’s role, which has been minimized during Erdogan’s presidency.