Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that only a change in Turkey’s stance on Nagorno-Karabakh could ensure that Azerbaijan would halt its military actions in the region. “I believe that a change in Turkey’s attitude to Azerbaijan would stop the fighting”, he informed Reuters.
Pashinyan accused Ankara of “expansionist policies” that were aimed at entering the South Caucasus. He noted that Turkey was against Greece and Cyprus in the Mediterranean. It had intervened in Libya and Syria. “Turkey came to the South Caucasus to continue this policy in Libya, Syria and Iraq. This is an expansionist policy. The problem is that the Armenians in the South Caucasus are the last remaining obstacle to this expansionist policy”, he remarked.
Since the clashes erupted on 27 September between Armenian and Azerbaijan military forces on the Nagorno-Karabakh border, Turkey has backed Azerbaijan in the region and insisted that Armenian forces must leave the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
According to Reuters, Pashinyan suggested that there was no indication yet that Ankara would alter its stance: “As long as Turkey’s position remains unchanged, Azerbaijan will not stop fighting”, he suggested.
Turkey has insisted that it should play a role in international discussions on the conflict, but Russia rejects the call to involve Turkey in the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire talks.