Azerbaijan’s military gained more ground from Armenian separatists in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said on Monday.
“Today, Azerbaijan’s army liberated the villages of Shikhali Agali, Sarijali, and Mezre in the Jabrayil district and several strategic heights in various directions,” Aliyev said on Twitter. “Successful operation of our glorious army is ongoing. Karabakh is Azerbaijan!”
The military successes are the latest to be reported by Azerbaijan and regional ally Turkey in the conflict over the majority Armenian breakaway state, which began on Sept. 27. Both sides have bombed civilian areas in the past few days, raising concerns for military escalation.
France, Russia, and the United States, co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, which was set up in 1992 to mediate in the decades-old dispute, reiterated a call for an immediate ceasefire on Monday.
Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey, says Armenian forces must withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh, which is located within Azerbaijan’s borders, before peace talks can begin.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that he expected Turkey to use its considerable influence to ease tensions. He spoke after talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other senior Turkish officials in the capital Ankara.
(All times local Turkish time, GMT+3)
11:40 – Turkey calls Canadian tech export suspension a ‘double standard’
Canada’s decision to suspend exports of some military technology over allegations the equipment was used by Azeri forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict shows a double standard, Turkey said on Tuesday.
“Turkey expects Canada to follow a policy free of double standards and to act without being influenced from those opposed to Turkey,” the ministry said in a statement.
“There is no explanation of blocking defence equipment exports to a NATO ally while … Canada does not see any harm in exporting arms to countries that have military involvement in the crisis in Yemen,” it said.
Turkey carefully maintains its obligations under its comprehensive export-control regime, the ministry said.
On Monday, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne said his country suspended relevant export permits to Turkey while investigating the allegations.
11:20 – Turkish foreign minister to visit Azerbaijan on Tuesday
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will travel on Tuesday to Azerbaijan to discuss developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with President Ilham Aliyev and his counterpart Ceyhun Bayramov, the ministry said in a press release.
11:15 – Assad calls Erdoğan ‘main instigator’ of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Syrian President Bashar Assad accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of being the main instigator of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
Assad also said militants from Syria were being deployed in the disputed region, in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency published on Tuesday.
“Damascus can confirm this,” Reuters cited Assad as saying.
Turkey has thrown its firm support behind Azerbaijan, saying it is ready to do whatever is necessary to eject Armenian forces from the region. Turkey and Azerbaijan have denied allegations from France, Russia and Iran that Ankara is sending Syrian mercenaries.
21:20 – Canada suspends export of weapon technologies to Turkey over unlicensed usage
Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne said he has suspended its relevant export permits to Turkey, due to the ongoing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, so as to allow time to further assess the situation.
“Over the last several days, certain allegations have been made regarding Canadian technology being used in the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh,” he said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that Canada was investigating allegations that Azeri forces were using Canadian weapons technologies originally exported from Turkey.
Champagne said Canada continues to be concerned with the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which has resulted in the shelling of communities and civilian casualties.
21:05 – U.S. says ‘deeply concerned’ over Nagorno-Karabakh escalation
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun spoke separately with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to express “deep concern” over reports of escalated and expanding military action in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the State Department said on Monday.
“Biegun urged the sides to agree to a ceasefire immediately and resume negotiations under the auspices of the Minsk Group co-chairs to find a durable resolution to the conflict,” the department said in a statement. “The Deputy Secretary stressed to the foreign ministers that there is no military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”