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    Armenian PM: US Needs to Explain If It Gave Turkey F-16s ‘to Bomb Peaceful Villages’ in Karabakh


    Yerevan has repeatedly accused Ankara of militarily supporting and even commanding Azerbaijani operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and of redeploying jihadist militants from and to fight Karabakh's self-defence forces. Baku and Ankara have forcefully denied the allegations.

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has expressed concerns to Trump National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien about 's alleged use of American-made F-16 fighters to attack Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    According to the prime minister, the national security adviser “heard and acknowledged” the Armenian side's concerns.

    In his NYT interview, Pashinyan also reiterated allegations he's made elsewhere that the current flare-up of fighting for the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region has been “encouraged” by Turkey, calling the latest escalation “a continuation of the genocidal policies carried out by Turkey against Armenians”, in reference to the Armenian Genocide at the beginning of the 20th century.

    Dispute Over Alleged Turkish Involvement

    Yerevan has repeatedly accused Turkey of being heavily involved in the latest flare-up of fighting in the Karabakh conflict which began late last month, and which entered its eighth day on Monday.

    On Saturday, Pashinyan alleged that “about 150 high-ranking Turkish military personnel” were in direct command of Azerbaijani operations in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Before that, both and France accused Ankara of using Syrian mercenaries in the…

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