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Turkey fully supports Azerbaijan in taking back Nagorny Karabakh separatist region

Karabakh, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top press aide has said that Turkey will fully support Azerbaijan in its bid to take its separatist region of Nagorny Karabakh

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Turkey is “fully ready” to help Azerbaijan take back its separatist region of Nagorny Karabakh, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top press aide said Tuesday ahead of a UN Security Council debate on the crisis.

The comments followed a call from Russia for Turkey, which views Azerbaijan as its close ally and Armenia as its historic foe, to stop proclaiming support for Azerbaijan and to work toward a diplomatic solution to the escalation, the deadliest since 2016.

“Turkey will be fully committed to helping Azerbaijan take back its occupied lands and to defending their rights and interests under international law,” Fahrettin Altun tweeted.
Turkey hoped the UN meeting “will establish a strong foundation for a solution”, he added.

Turkey stands by Azerbaijan

Altun said Turkey stood by Azerbaijan “completely”, adding: “Let there be no doubt that the world will hear our roar if Azerbaijan were to suffer from the slightest injustice under international law.”

Read more: Azerbaijan leader hails Turkish President Erdogan for support against Armenia

Armenia has accused Turkey of sending mercenaries to back Azerbaijani forces in the ethnically Armenian region, which Ankara has officially denied.

Altun accuses Armenia of violating the Geneva Conventions

Altun in turn accused Armenia of violating the Geneva Conventions in the border region, praising Azerbaijan for “observing international law to the letter”.

“We call on global players to approach this matter from the perspective of fairness,” he said.

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“The world cannot afford to equate the aggressor with the aggrieved party in the name of the so-called principle of neutrality or to preserve the political balance of power,” Altun said.

“With casualties rapidly mounting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, the Trump Administration needs to call the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan immediately to de-escalate the situation. It must also demand others — like Turkey — stay out of this conflict,” tweeted Joe Biden today.

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