The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, called on Sunday to stop the fighting between the Azerbaijani army and the Armenian separatists in the Nagorno Karabakh region and to “immediately return to negotiations.”
Michel said on Twitter, “The military actions must stop urgently to prevent further escalation,” calling for ” an immediate return to negotiations without conditions.
Reports of hostilities from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone are of most serious concern.
Military action must stop, as a matter of urgency, to prevent a further escalation.
An immediate return to negotiations, without preconditions, is the only way forward.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) September 27, 2020
Turkey: We support Azerbaijan and stand by it
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a tweet that “Armenia – appears – once again to be the biggest threat to peace and tranquility in the region. The Turkish nation stands by its Azerbaijani brothers with all its means …”.
Azerbaycan'a yönelik saldırılarına bir yenisini ekleyen Ermenistan, bölgede barışın ve huzurun önündeki en büyük tehdit olduğunu bir kere daha göstermiştir. Türk Milleti her zaman olduğu gibi bugün de tüm imkanlarıyla Azerbaycanlı kardeşlerinin yanındadır.
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) September 27, 2020
While the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its support for Azerbaijan, and its condemnation of what it described as the Armenian attack on the lands of Azerbaijan, according to what the Anadolu Agency reported.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hami Aksoy, stated that the attack was a clear violation of international law, adding, “We strongly condemn the Armenian attack, which clearly violates international law and resulted in civilian casualties,” adding, “Turkey’s absolute support for Azerbaijan and we will stand by it as it desires.”
Russia calls for an immediate ceasefire
While Russia called for an immediate ceasefire and the start of talks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, “We call on the two parties for an immediate ceasefire and start talks to restore stability to the situation.”
On Sunday, Azerbaijan launched a bombing campaign on the separatist Nagorno Karabakh region, according to Armenian separatists, who announced the downing of two military helicopters belonging to the Azerbaijani army.
Armenia declared martial law and general mobilization, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Twitter that “the government decided to declare martial law and general mobilization.”
At the decision of the Government, martial law and general mobilization is being declared in the Republic of #Armenia. I call on the personnel attached to the troops to present themselves to their district commissariats.
For the fatherland, for victory.
— Nikol Pashinyan (@NikolPashinyan) September 27, 2020
Armenian separatists wrested with Karabakh from Baku in a war in the 1990s that killed 30,000 people. The talks have been frozen to resolve the Karabakh conflict, which is among the worst of the conflicts resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 since a ceasefire agreement concluded in 1994.
France, Russia, and the United States were involved in efforts to bring peace and were known as the “Minsk Group”, but the last remembered attempt to reach a peace agreement collapsed in 2010.
Energy-rich Azerbaijan invested heavily in its army and repeatedly pledged to retake Karabakh by force.
Armenia, in turn, has stated that it will defend the region that declared its independence but is still heavily dependent on Yerevan.