‘If You Want Peace, Prepare For War,’ Says Turkish Defense Chief

Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz with Azerbaijani Defense Minister Colonel General Safar Abiyev

BAKU—Citing the Turkish proverb, “if you want peace, prepare for war,” Turkey’s Defense Minister on Thursday underscored the importance of military cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan as he kicked off talks in Baku.

The Turkish delegation led by Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz met with Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Safar Abiyev, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry press service reported.

The ministers exchanged view on the prospects of military cooperation between the two countries.

Discussing the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the ministers said that the time has come to withdraw “Armenian occupation army from the Azerbaijani lands and restore the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.”

Abiyev said that although negotiations continue for peaceful settlement of the conflict, there is no concrete result yet and Armenia continues its aggressive policy. He said, in such situation, there is no other way for Azerbaijan except preparing its armed forces seriously.

“We are ready to support, cooperate and join in production with Azerbaijan Armed Forces,” Yılmaz told journalists after visiting former Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev’s grave in Baku.

“A bilateral strategic cooperation agreement [between Turkey and Azerbaijan] has been signed. Turkish Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] and [Azerbaijani] President Ilham Aliyev have also decided on the establishment of a high advisory council,” Yılmaz said.

The council will be the basis for the relations between the two countries, Yılmaz said, adding that there were good and sound relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Prior to arriving in Baku, Yilmaz was interviewed by the Azeri news agency APA, saying that Turkey would like to engage in more defense production with Azerbaijan.

“Turkey and Azerbaijan have a comprehensive military partnership based on long years and mutual confidence. Our relations, which started after Azerbaijan regained its independence, have developed with education, training and other programs. We continue making efforts to unite our potential in the defence industry. We can see that the relevant bodies of the two countries have a shared demand and desire,” said Yilmaz.

“As the Turkish proverb says: ‘If you want peace, prepare for war.’ The presence of factors threatening stability in the South Caucasus poses a serious threat to Azerbaijan’s independence and regional peace,” added Yilmaz who explained that approximately 5,000 Azerbaijanis have received military education in Turkey to date

“We aim to develop our military and defence relations with Azerbaijan. The education of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in accordance with NATO standards, weapons and maintenance is very important for the region’s stability. Turkey supports Azerbaijan’s relations with NATO and other Western organizations. We think that Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation within Partnership for Peace is profitable and that this cooperation is significant from the point of view of Azerbaijan’s economic and political interests,” added Yilmaz.

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  1. Hayq said:

    The Turks are very brave until the Russian bear growls. Then they retreat with their tails between their legs like the dogs they are.

    • bigmoustache said:

      we dont need the russian bear if we streanghten our military industry (domestic), creating more jobs for armenians and less relience on neighboring countries.
      this is our land, not even the US army could remove us. no armenian will ever again want to live under a turk, especially after having tasted hard earned freedom. so the turks plan a genocide, ethinic cleansing by murder and fear. if we face a genocide then the gloves are off. we are our mountains, artsakh will be their vietnam

    • Arn.Sweden. said:

      Hmmm – a Serbian friend of mine had a vision that the US bombed Armenia.

      So Armenia has better prepere the Airdefense very good.

      Arn.sweden.

  2. Pongo said:

    Turkish people steals even the proverbs! :-)))
    If you want peace, get ready for the war it’s not turkish proverb, but it’s a latin one: “si vis pacem, para bellum”…
    Maybe for Turkish people Rome was also turkish land…

    • elena said:

      Think about what you say? it’s not just always right something anti-Armenian and leave. You just want to calm you nerves by putting such comments.

  3. Halo said:

    If the western world used “Turkish logic”, not a single Turk or Azeri would be alive today. This is the difference between civilized nations and primitive terrorist minded brutes who are constantly warmongering such as Turkey and Azerbaijan.

    • ilter said:

      Yeah, right! So, Armenia has no preparation for a possible war? Every country in the world should be prepared for a self defense, for a possible war, for an obligation to defend your rights, your lands… There is no difference between countries, it is a simple logic. BTW, let me remind you that USA is alone responsible for the half of the whole world military budget.

  4. Arman said:

    Let there be war so that we capture many heavy weapons from Turkey and Azerbaijan. Message to Azerbaijan: shut up and fight already, stop making empty war threats year after year. The truth is you are scared to engage with Armenia/Artsakh, or else you would have done it by now. This is not 1988, when you used heavy weapons against poor villagers and peasants. Armenia/Artsakh compared to 1988 are now one thousand percent stronger, and you therefore only resort to empty war threats. Aliyev gets up on stage like an il Duce or Fuhrer and barks like a monkey from time to time….sorry sight.

  5. sam said:

    well mr .yilmaz don’t you think the time has arrived for the turkish army to withdrew from van kars and ardahan and ani the occupied armenian land .one more thing you are sounding like you like to be engaged in the war against armenia shame on you .you killed millions and you are hungry for more typical mongol.

  6. Nick said:

    Halo, what do you expect from Seljuk Mongols? Their strategy is pretty simple, quantity vs. quality followed by autonomy. If it wasn’t for way out western interests, talking oil hungry British and USA, Turkey would be split into five different regions in a month. They hate to admit it, but deep down inside, they know. It’s NATO interests that’s keeping them alive, not their own will or resilience.

  7. bigmoustache said:

    after the genocide, with all this bad publicity that turkey is fighting, invading or massacring armenians would be very bad. so they plan to do it through their proxy azerbaijan. they are probably pushing them. also these could be threats and ceasefire violations in an attempt to harm artsakhs economy.

    in any case, to fight the grandsons of those who killed our ancestors, and face the same genocide again, to fight that battle and settle the score can ONLY be called a ‘holy’ thing

  8. Ararat said:

    These Turks and Pseudo-Turks (Azeris) are rather amusing. Every once in a while they need to bark to get attention. They tend to foam at the mouth when they don’t get their way like a rabid dog and as you may know the only thing to do to cure a rabid dog is to euthanize it.

    Speaking of Turkish bravery, that is as mythical as Turan was. Study their bloody genocidal history and you will find out their bravery came out when they always outnumbered their enemies hundred to one. In the case of their dealings with Armenians they showed their bravery by taking away their guns and shooting them in the back in cold blood. The term ‘brave Turk’ is an oxymoron just like a ‘civilized Turk’ is. When you show bravery to a brave man he will respect you, show bravery to a Turk and he will wet his pants.

  9. manooshag said:

    TYPICALLY TURKISH LIES… CLAIMING A FAMOUS LATIN ADAGE – AS IF THIS WAS THEIR OWN
    MORE LIES, LIES, LIES… STEALING THAT WHICH IS OF ANOTHER CULTURE – AS IF ORIGINATED BY THE TURKEYS – AS WAS THE TURKISH GENOCIDE OF THE ARMENIAN NATION – PEOPLES ELIMINATED FOR TURKEYS TO CLAIM ALL THAT WAS ARMENIAN AS IF ALL BELONGED TO TURK.
    TOO, WHAT DO THE TURKEYS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT USA CONGRESSWOMAN SCHMIDT’S ‘GIFT’ – FROM THE TURKS…IT APPEARS NOTHING, NOT EVEN ONE OF THEIR LIES – YET.

  10. Jamil said:

    Halo, how can you fail to see the hypocrisy in your post? You call Azeris and Turks brutes and uncivilized, but the language you use gives evidence against yourself. The way you speak is not one of a civilized person. And note that I did not criticize your nation. Just you. A civilized person engages in no such hateful speech.

  11. Jamil said:

    Hayq, you seem very proud of the achievments of a nation that is not yours: Russia. Yes, Russia is stronger than Turkey. But if being the weaker one was a sign of being a dog, then what do you make of the fact that Armenia is much weaker than Turkey, than Turkey is weaker than Russia?

  12. AM said:

    It is such a shame and tragedy for such an old and cultured nation like Armenians to be situated between Turkey and Azerbaijan, two barbaric countries. Turkey may get rich but its nation will never be civilized. We are so tired of Turkey’s and Azerbaijan’s rhetoric about starting and winning a war.

  13. Truth said:

    Armenian officials have gone to far by agreeing to a “compromises”so called modified “six principles ” ,SIMPLY: In Vienna, ‎U.S. cochairman of the OSCE Minsk Group Robert Bradtke unveiled six principles by which ‎the Karabakh conflict might be solved- according to these six principle Baku (and even OSCE ‎Misk Group in hidden) do believe they can now start discussions regarding “Wight ‎autonomy”! The announced six principles are nothing but a trap for NKR and official ‎Yerevan..!‎

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