Erdogan Hopes Azerbaijan Will Continue Karabakh Offensive, ‘Free’ Region

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused the Turkish military of controlling Azerbaijan’s military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh, and alleged that Ankara has deployed jihadist mercenaries from Syria to support the fight against Armenian forces.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Baku to continue to pursue its offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Turkish president noted that Turkey supports “friendly and fraternal azerbaijan in all possible ways,” and would continue to do so.

No Peace Without Turkish Withdrawal

Earlier, in an interview with the Globe and Mail, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that Turkey’s exit from the southern Caucasus would be a necessary condition for peace in Nagorno-Karabakh. 

Pashinyan added that it was now up to Turkey’s NATO allies to provide an explanation as to why Ankara is involved in the Karabakh conflict.

Pashinyan suggested that Western countries should rethink the sale of arms to Turkey amid reports that they were being used by the Azerbaijani side in Nagorno-Karabakh.

In a series of tweets, Pashinyan also accused Ankara of returning to the South Caucasus “to continue the Armenian Genocide,” and said that “Armenia and the Armenians of the South Caucasus are the last remaining obstacle in the way of continued Turkish expansion toward the North, the North-East, and the East, and the realisation of its imperialistic dream.”

In a recent interview with Le Figaro, Pashinyan said that Yerevan has evidence that…

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