By Vugar Khalilov
Azerbaijani Defense Minister Col-Gen Zakir Hasanov and his
Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar have discussed Armenia's recent
border provocations, as well as military cooperation, Azernews
reports, citing the ministry.
In a telephone conversation held on September 24, Hasanov
detailed the operational situation that has emerged after the
Azerbaijan army's resolute steps in response to the recent
provocations committed by Armenian military formations, as well as
the work for the modernization of the army.
Akar, for his part, emphasized that Turkiye stands by Azerbaijan
as it has always done.
During the phone call, the sides also exchanged views on the
prospects of the Azerbaijani-Turkish military cooperation.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed
that Armenia must sign a peace agreement proposed by Azerbaijan,
Azernews reports, citing the Turkish media.
Cavusoglu made the remarks at a meeting with the Turkish
community at the Consulate General of Turkiye in Los Angeles,
“For permanent peace and stability in the South Caucasus, the
comprehensive peace agreement proposed by Azerbaijan should be
signed between Baku and Yerevan as soon as possible. We support
this process,” Cavusoglu emphasized.
Armenia needs peace and regional cooperation, Cavusoglu said
underlining that Turkiye has appointed a special representative to
normalize relations with Armenia.“However, due to the pressure on
Armenia, they have not yet been able to take bold steps,” he
Furthermore, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has dismissed the
information circulated in Armenian social media concerning the
supposed shelling of the Basarkechar [Gegharkunik] region by the
Azerbaijani army for provocative reasons, as well as the injury of
Azerbaijani personnel on combat duty as a result of the Armenian
military retaliation, Azernews reports.
This is the next provocative information spread by Armenia, the
ministry wrote on its social media accounts.
'We categorically deny this information. The Azerbaijani army
personnel was not wounded and there are no losses among the
military equipment,' the ministry stressed.
To recap, Armenia periodically shells Azerbaijani military
positions on liberated territories. Units of the Armenian armed
forces carried out large-scale provocations along the
Azerbaijani-Armenian state border in Dashkasan, Kalbajar, and
Lachin directions on the night of September 12 leading to 13.
The Armenian sabotage groups mined land and supply roads linking
the positions of the Azerbaijani army units in different
directions, taking advantage of the area's steep topography and
existing ravine gaps.
The clashes between the sides ensued as a result of the urgent
efforts made by the Azerbaijani armed forces to quell these
activities. As a result, 79 armed forces personnel were killed, the
So far, the Armenian government reported 207 losses among its
own military personnel. Moreover, 293 soldiers and three civilians
were wounded, and 20 soldiers were taken as prisoners.
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