Asad accused Erdogan of initiating the conflict in Karabakh

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the main initiator of a new round of conflict in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Syrian leader Bashar Assad stated this on October 6.

“He supports terrorists in Libya, he was the main instigator and initiator of the recently launched conflict in Nagorno Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia”, Asad stated.

Last week the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Russia has noted the transfer of foreign fighters to Libya, including with the assistance of Turkey.

The day before Erdogan during the negotiations with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Armenia must leave the “occupied Azerbaijani territory”.

According to Yerevan, Turkey is helping Azerbaijan. Thus, on September 29, Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Shushan Stepanyan said that Turkish F-16 hit an Armenian Su-25 attack aircraft and the pilot was killed.

Turkey denied those reports, but Erdogan promised to provide any necessary assistance to Azerbaijan if necessary.

The conflict in Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced that it would withdraw from the Azerbaijani SSR. After several years of war, Baku lost control of the region and seven surrounding districts. Since 1992, negotiations on the peaceful settlement of the conflict have been conducted within the OSCE Minsk Group led by three co-chairs – Russia, the United States and France.