Turkish Trace in Karabakh Conflict
On the night of April 2, Baku made an unprecedented provocation on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Nagorno-Karabakh troops. As a result of the failed invasion the Azerbaijani side lost more than 200 people killed, 9 tanks and 3 armored personnel carriers, 2 helicopters and 2 drones.
The situation is unique because after the signing of the Bishkek protocol on ceasefire in 1994, it is the first time Baku decided to conduct a large-scale attack using regular troops, artillery and aircraft. Azerbaijani Armed Forces shell the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) troops' positions and inhabited localities along the entire line of contact.
According to political observer Arman Abovyan, it was Turkey who instigated Azerbaijan to an unprecedented escalation of the situation in Artsakh region. The expert believes this way Baku expects to draw Russia into another conflict, which, according to the Turkish politicians, would significantly undermine Russian positions in the Syrian settlement talks.
To confirm the involvement of Ankara Abovyan says about numerous visits of the Turkish political elite in Baku in recent months, as well as public promises to "help Azerbaijani brothers" in a possible war with Armenia.
The expert says that President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his "inadequate" foreign policy caused instability in the region. There is no doubt that he supported the terrorists in Syria. At the same time, the Turkish leader is trying to strengthen relations with the US, but Washington seems to have realized that this "friendship" discredits the White House's actions.
Immediately after the information on first hostilities appeared, Erdogan expressed support and solidarity with Baku on the events and noted that the Turkish people are always with the Azerbaijanis.
Thus, in addition to the support of terrorists in Syria, Turkey has made contribution to the escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which became a new hotspot in the South Caucasus.