“If the international community does not correctly assess the geopolitical significance of this situation, Europe should soon expect Turkey near Vienna,” Pashinyan told the “Bild” newspaper, according to an advance notice on Sunday. When asked whether the German government should publicly declare who started the current conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Pashinyan replied: “Yes. And Germany should evaluate Turkey’s involvement of terrorists and mercenaries recruited in Syria in this conflict in the region . “
After a hundred years, Turkey returned to the South Caucasus “to continue the genocide of the Armenians that took place in Turkey in autumn 1915,” Pashinyan said. At the same time, he accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of an imperialist policy. This extends much further than in the South Caucasus. “Let’s look at Turkey’s actions in the Mediterranean, Libya, the Middle East and Iraq and Syria,” said Pashinyan.
Armenia’s head of government telephoned Chancellor Merkel
The Armenian head of government telephoned Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Saturday. According to the German government, the Chancellor expressed her concern about the escalation and demanded “that all sides must immediately stop the fighting and start negotiations”.
The fighting between the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Caucasus region Nagorno-Karabakh had reignited a week ago. The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which is mostly inhabited by Armenians, is not internationally recognized and is considered part of Azerbaijan under international law.
Russia is considered to be Armenia’s protecting power and maintains a military base there. Moscow also maintains good relations with Azerbaijan and supplies it with weapons. Turkey is a close ally of the also Turkish-speaking Azerbaijan; Experts see it as proven that Ankara supports Azerbaijan with arms. Turkey is also suspected of having relocated hundreds of pro-Turkish fighters from Syria to the conflict region.
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