Yerevan Slams Ankara for Supporting Baku’s Aggression

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev (left) with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev (left) with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev (left) with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan

YEREVAN—Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister on Sunday slammed Ankara for supporting Baku’s aggression against the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he backed Azerbaijan “to the end.”

Erdogan made the comments after Azerbaijan launched a large-scale attack on Karabakh position on April 1 and 2, killing 18 soldiers and civilians, including a 12-year-old boy, Vaghinak Grigoryan, who was hit by a Grad missile in his schoolyard in Martuni. Two other children, including Grigoryan’s brother were injured in the schoolyard.

Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said that Erdogan’s comments encouraged Azerbaijan to continue its aggression in the region.

“It’s a pity that for Turkey the importance of human lives is determined by nationality. With such racist statements, Turkey encourages the continuation of the aggressor’s action against the Nagorno- Karabakh Republic,” Kocharyan said.

“We pray our Azerbaijani brothers will prevail in these clashes,” Erdogan said in response to Azerbaijan’s attacks on Karabakh over the weekend, which claimed the lives of 18 soldiers and other civilians, including children. He also pledged Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan “to the end.”

“The Turkish president expressed his support and solidarity in relation to the events on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani [forces] and stressed that the Turkish people will always be with the people of Azerbaijan,” the Azeri president’s press service said in a statement after Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Aliyev.

Erdogan also criticized the OSCE Minsk Group, the international body tasked for negotiating a peaceful resolution to the Karabakh conflict.

“If the Minsk Group had taken fair and decisive steps over this, such incidents would not have happened. However, the weaknesses of the Minsk Group unfortunately led the situation to this point,” Erdogan told an Azeri reporter.

Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Moscow, Polad Bulbuloglu said Azerbaijan is ready to switch from a diplomatic to a military solution vis-à-vis Karabakh.

“The attempts of a peaceful solution to this conflict have been underway for 22 years. How much more will it take? We are ready for a peaceful solution to the issue. But if it’s not solved peacefully then we will solve it by military means,” Bulbuloglu told Govorit Moskva radio station.

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  1. Tuyn said:

    It has been recorded that Kharabagh Is Has and will be Armenian lands . it was stalin gave it to the azeris as a gift with Naxchevan so all the turks and azeris can yel scream run around the world – that wont help, they have to live with it and this is reality.

  2. Samuel Darbinian said:

    Many people are suspicious that Turkish president Erdogan is helping Islamic jihadist group. .not only supporting jihadists. in fact he is a standing Islamic brain washed robotic W.M.D timing bomb leader mobilized with islamic criminal dogma often with burst of implosions in the public.
    Erdogan acting as a replacement for Osama Ben Laden to manipulate western nations & Russia into crisis, combined with Turkish strategic position & jihadist terrorist ideology exploitation.
    Erdogan criminal is architect, & responsible for ongoing Syrian tragic Genocide, by juggling between global powers for selfish dividend, he falsely calling Kurd nation terrorist, with the aim of to disrupt Kurdish people primary human rights, commits blatant crime to subjugate & forced to become Turkish slave & second hand citizen.
    In resent Washington International Nuclear Security Summit Erdogan saw an opportunity to express his intentional false & perverted
    ideas, that Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear plant is unsafe, while the plant is always under safety control & regulations. But terrorist Erdogan
    never talked his economic blockade of Armenia. in fact Erdogan introducing himself as a safety hazard for environment & for region, as he is an experienced jihadist pretends Armenians are going to commit suicide & kill Erdogans.
    Erdogan terrorist also did not miss to use Niuclear Summit to persuade his bastard cousin invade Artsakh to create a crisis like Syria
    scenario once again international powers against each other.& bring in his jihadist people to the region use them as an instrument for his Ottoman empire pipe dream.

  3. Raffi said:

    Diaspora Armenians specially the elderly should get ready to go to fight

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