Syrian President Blames Turkey For Instigating Nagorno-Karabakh Violence

Bashar al-Assad blamed the Turkish President of adding fuel to the already burning fire in the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia

Raghav N

October 8, 2020

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for instigating violence in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. In an interview with a Russian news agency, Assad blamed Turkey’s leader for adding fire to the conflict in the region.

The violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan began in Nagorno-Karabakh on 27 September and has since then only become worse. Both the nations were a part of the Soviet Union before its collapse in 1991. While the controversial land is internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan, it is largely populated by the ethnic Armenians.

In the four decades of struggle between the two forces, this is the biggest escalation since the nineties. With more than 250 people dead till now and still more feared dead, Russia has called for a ceasefire and appealed for peace.

While Azerbaijan alleges that Armenia targeted Azeri cities outside of Nagorno-Karabakh, including a missile attack on Ganja, the Armenian government retaliated by accusing Azerbaijan of attacking densely populated locations within the divisive terrain. Both the countries have denied harming civilians as of now.

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