President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has harshly condemned the recent Armenia border clash with Azerbaijan calling Yerevan´s moves in the region “reckless”, Hürriyet reported on Tuesday.
“We are worried that the tension in this region has turned into a conflict due to reckless and systematic attacks by Armenia. Moreover, this last attack was not on the (contact) line, but directly on the borders between the two states and with heavy weapons. This shows that the incident is not a border violation or conflict, but a deliberate attack directly on Azerbaijan,” Erdoğan was cited as saying during the cabinet meeting.
“Undoubtedly, this attack is an event that goes beyond Armenia,” Erdoğan said, adding, “The aim is to block the process of the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with a provocative approach and to reveal new conflict areas in the region.”
Erdoğan´s marks came on the third day of border skirmishes between Azerbaijan and Armenia, two neighboring countries that have been fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians, since late 1980s.
Azerbaijan said one of its generals was killed in clashes raising the death toll to 11. Armenia says four of its troops – two of them officers – were killed, according to the BBC report.
On Monday, Armenian foreign minister condemned Turkey´s unconditional support for Azerbaijan saying Ankara instigates instability in the region.
“Turkey will continue, with all its capacity, to stand by Azerbaijan in its struggle to protect its territorial integrity,” said the Turkish foreign ministry statement on Sunday.