Azerbaijan announces joint maneuvers with Turkey

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced on Monday, July 27, that it will hold joint exercises with Turkey. They will be held in different parts of the country from July 29 to August 10. Thus, maneuvers with the participation of ground forces will be held on August 1-5 in Baku and Nakhchivan, and on July 29 – August 10 with the participation of military aviation in Baku, Nakhchivan, Ganja, Kurdamir and Yevlakh. The military department says the exercise will be held “in accordance with the annual plan”.

Since July 12, armed conflicts on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan continue. In Azerbaijan, the Armenian armed forces announced an attempt to attack the positions of the army of the republic with the use of artillery, while in Yerevan they called the reason for the aggravation of the breakthrough attempt on the Azerbaijani side. Both sides reported on the dead soldiers. Since 17 July, both sides have assessed the situation as relatively calm, but reports of shelling in the border area and near the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh have been received almost daily.

On July 27, the Armenian Defence Ministry reported the death of an Armenian soldier as a result of Azerbaijani sniper fire. In turn, according to the Ministry of Defense in Baku, the Armenian armed forces violated the ceasefire 45 times a day.

The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh started in February 1988. During the war Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts.

A ceasefire regime between Armenia and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on one side and Azerbaijan on the other was established in May 1994. The negotiation process is mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group, established in 1992 to seek a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Turkey. The Group is co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States.