Top Turkish diplomat visits Azerbaijan for talks


Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, on Tuesday traveled to the Azeri capital of Baku in a show of support.

"While it is true that the leadership of Azerbaijan has been actively promoting bellicose rhetoric for the last 15 years, now the decision to unleash a war was motivated by Turkey's full support", Pashinyan told AFP.

Turkey, which arms and protects Azerbaijan, is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Turkey has backed Azerbaijan's demand for Armenia's withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh as a precondition for any ceasefire and has expressed a desire to be present in any negotiations between the warring nations.

They were disturbed by air raid sirens throughout the night as multiple explosions went off in a city plunged into total darkness.

"Our priority is the security of our cities and villages", he said.

"To put these two countries on equal footing means rewarding the occupier", the Turkish foreign minister said. Turkey has close ties to Azerbaijan and a hard relationship with Armenia.

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A new round of armed conflict broke out on September 27 along the contact line of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. He said: "Let us look at what Turkey is implementing in the Mediterranean in Libya in Syria, Iraq".

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told AFP he was confident Russian Federation would come to its aid because of the two countries' membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation military alliance (CSTO). Another group from Mount Qandil in Iraq also passed through Iran's Urmiya on their way to the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region, Turkey's Daily Sabah says.

Iran said shelling from the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict landing in Iranian territory is "unacceptable" today.

It said its forces had destroyed an ammunition depot near Stepanakert as well as rocket launchers and artillery.

Dozens of civilians have been confirmed killed in the fighting and the Armenian side has acknowledged more than 300 military deaths. But why does the fighting over that mostly Armenian speaking separatist enclave seem so much more intense this time? Azerbaijan has not disclosed information about its military casualties.

Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia's SVR Foreign Intelligence Service, said the conflict was attracting people he described as mercenaries and terrorists from the Middle East.

Talks to resolve the conflict - mediated by Russian Federation, the United States and France - have made little progress since a 1994 ceasefire agreement.