Turkish Defence Ministry said on Monday that Armenia should stop playing with fire after an Azerbaijani soldier was killed in a cross-border attack.
“Armenia, which unlawfully occupied Upper Karabakh, now violated the ceasefire in Tovuz region and killed a heroic Azerbaijani soldier,” the defence ministry said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also slammed Armenia for the killing of the soldier and said Turkey is on the side of Azerbaijan in the dispute.
“I call on Armenia to put an end to aggression and come to senses,” Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter.
Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has earlier said that one soldier was killed in a late-morning incident near the border with arch-foe Armenia.
Azerbaijan, a close political ally of Turkey which it shares cultural and historical ties with, and Armenia remain in dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which broke away from Azerbaijan in 1991 with Armenian military support.
Clashes broke out between the two countries’ forces at the border near Armenia’s Tavush and Azerbaijan’s Tovuz provinces in July. At least 16 people, including an army general, have been killed in the fighting.