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US News Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh: fear of Turkish intervention in the event of war

19:15  27 september  2020
19:15  27 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Un soldat azerbaïdjanais conduit un transporteur blindé à Bakou, en Azerbaïdjan, le 27 septembre 2020. © REUTERS / Aziz Karimov An Azerbaijani soldier drives an armored transporter to Baku, Azerbaijan on September 27, 2020.

A major conflict involving the Azerbaijan and Armenia could lead to the intervention of competing powers in the Caucasus region, Russia and Turkey. The latter immediately showed its unwavering support for Azerbaijan.

From our correspondent in Istanbul, Anne Andlauer

If the fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region were to degenerate into war, the choice of Ankara would be clear: Turkey took up the cause for its "brothers" Turkish speakers from Azerbaijan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised them on his Twitter account the full support "of the Turkish nation", "with all our means" and "as always". He had just spoken by telephone with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev, whose "wise and determined position" he praised.

Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh: fear of Turkish intervention in the event of war

 Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh: fear of Turkish intervention in the event of war © REUTERS / Aziz Karimov An Azerbaijani soldier drives an armored transporter to Baku, Azerbaijan on September 27, 2020. A major conflict involving the Azerbaijan and Armenia could lead to the intervention of competing powers in the Caucasus region, Russia and Turkey. The latter immediately showed its unwavering support for Azerbaijan.

"One and the same nation"

The Speaker of the Turkish Parliament, Mustafa Sentop, accused Armenia of being "a terrorist state" and a "threat to peace in the whole region". As for the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, he had a telephone interview with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, to discuss what Ankara calls "the Armenian aggression".

It’s not surprising to take this position. Turkey is Azerbaijan’s closest ally and the two states consider themselves to be "one and the same nation".

Conversely, diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia are non-existent and the border between the two countries has been closed since the early 1990s, precisely as a sign of support for Baku in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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