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Nagorno-Karabakh: We are fighting against Azerbaijan and Turkey, says leader of disputed region05:39

Nagorno-Karabakh: We are fighting against Azerbaijan and Turkey, says leader of disputed region

Disputed Territory, Stepanakert
September 28, 2020 at 12:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

The president of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Arayik Harutyunyan, said in Stepanakert on Sunday that not only Azerbaijan but also Turkey is at war with Karabakh.

"I would like to say that it is not only Azerbaijan that is fighting us, but also Turkey. The Turkish army is using modern military equipment, including drones and F-16 fighters, located on the territory of Azerbaijan," Harutyunyan said.

According to Harutyunyan, the authorities of Karabakh knew in advance about the escalation of the conflict because they had intelligence data and also heard the statements made by the representatives of Azerbaijan and Turkey "in recent days and months".

The leader of the unrecognised republic also confirmed the necessity to be ready to face "both long-term and short-term war" and stressed that Karabakh will be "fighting tooth and nail, all nation is participating in this war".

Harutyunyan added that Nagorno-Karabakh authorities are in constant contact with the government of Armenia.

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have declared martial law and mobilised their armed forces after the clashes escalated on Sunday.

Earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed support to Azeri authorities and blamed Yerevan for the conflict.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for the "sides to cease fire immediately and to commence negotiations in order to stabilise the situation." Leaders of France, Austria, Germany, and other European countries also called for a suspension of military operations and negotiations.

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The president of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Arayik Harutyunyan, said in Stepanakert on Sunday that not only Azerbaijan but also Turkey is at war with Karabakh.

"I would like to say that it is not only Azerbaijan that is fighting us, but also Turkey. The Turkish army is using modern military equipment, including drones and F-16 fighters, located on the territory of Azerbaijan," Harutyunyan said.

According to Harutyunyan, the authorities of Karabakh knew in advance about the escalation of the conflict because they had intelligence data and also heard the statements made by the representatives of Azerbaijan and Turkey "in recent days and months".

The leader of the unrecognised republic also confirmed the necessity to be ready to face "both long-term and short-term war" and stressed that Karabakh will be "fighting tooth and nail, all nation is participating in this war".

Harutyunyan added that Nagorno-Karabakh authorities are in constant contact with the government of Armenia.

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have declared martial law and mobilised their armed forces after the clashes escalated on Sunday.

Earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed support to Azeri authorities and blamed Yerevan for the conflict.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for the "sides to cease fire immediately and to commence negotiations in order to stabilise the situation." Leaders of France, Austria, Germany, and other European countries also called for a suspension of military operations and negotiations.

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