Turkish President Taiyp Erdogan said that the calls of the OSCE Minsk Group to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh are unacceptable, Reuters reports.
“Given that the United States, Russia and France have neglected this problem for almost 30 years, it is unacceptable that they seek ways of a ceasefire,” the Turkish leader said.
He stressed that the fighting in the region will stop only if the “Armenian occupiers” leave Nagorno-Karabakh.
Earlier, the presidents of Russia, the United States and France Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron (as heads of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries) adopted a joint statement on the situation in Karabakh.
They called on the parties to immediately end hostilities and sit down at the negotiating table.
On September 27, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced that it was launching a “counter-offensive operation” in response to the actions of the Armenian Armed Forces, which “shelled settlements on the line of contact in Karabakh.”
In the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, it was reported that settlements, including the capital, Stepanakert, were subjected to artillery fire.
As a result of the hostilities, there are civilian and military casualties on both sides. Martial law and mobilization have been declared in Karabakh and Armenia. Partial mobilization has been announced in Azerbaijan, martial law has been introduced in some cities.