Armenia & Azerbaijan in state of war, “total military mobilization.” Lavrov calls for ceasefire
Armenia Stands “Ready” To
Trigger Defense Pact With
Russia As Azerbaijan Fighting
28 September, 2020
Armenia could trigger its collective defense pact with Russia, the latter which also has a sprawling military base at Gyumri in the northwest part of the country, but on Monday the Armenian Ambassador to Moscow, Vardan Toganyan, has said the escalation of fighting with Azerbaijan has not reached that point yet.
Russia’s TASS, however, has underscored that this remains a distinct possibility at a moment Armenia has reported at least 31 of its troops killed in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh border region, which it says its forces are protecting from Azerbaijan’s shelling and aggression:
According to him, Yerevan and Moscow continue to boost defense cooperation. “We believe that should the need arise, we will request Russia [for additional military assistance],” the envoy pointed out. “As of today, we don’t think that we need additional troops or other forces,” he added.
“However, we do believe that Russia has a major role in the Caucasus and is capable of using political methods to put an end to bloodshed,” Toganyan emphasized.
Putin held a phone call with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over the situation which began this weekend in the historically restive autonomous region which though claimed by Azerbaijan (and internationally recognized as such), declared independence in 1991 as an Armenian ethnic enclave.
President Trump also weighed in, calling for an immediate halt to fighting and deescalation of tensions. Congressional leaders have also condemned the violence.
Both sides have reported civilian deaths, which each blaming the other for the beginning of weekend hostilities, which has tragically seen dozens killed.
By all accounts it’s the fiercest fighting the region has seen since the 1990s, with tanks, aircraft, and artillery units deployed and currently in direct clashes.
Azerbaijan early Monday reported blocked civilian flights from using its airports for the next two days, until at least Sept.30, amid the mobilization of military aerial assets, which include Israeli supplied drones.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports on the growing finger pointing regarding Turkey’s alleged deepening involvement on the side of Azerbaijan:
Armenia’s ambassador to Moscow said on Monday that Turkey had sent around 4,000 fighters from northern Syria to Azerbaijan and that they were fighting there, an assertion denied by an aide to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev.
Armenia also said Turkish military experts were fighting alongside Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous breakaway region of Azerbaijan run by ethnic Armenians, and that Turkey had provided drones and warplanes.
Alarmingly, the situation could begin to mimic Syrian and Libya. In each Russia and Turkey are supporting opposite sides via proxy forces.
Warfare Intensifies between
Armenia – Azerbaijan; Other
Nations Jumping in!
28 September, 2020
Overnight, warfare between Armenia and Azerbaijan intensified beyond belief. Both sides have brought heavy armor, multiple Launch Rocket Systems, aircraft and thousands of additional troops into the fight. Worse, outside nations, Israel, Turkey, Russia, and Iran, are sending convoys of military gear to both sides indicating the fight is broadening very fast.
Israel and Turkey are supplying the aggressor, Azerbaijan, while Russia and Iran are supplying the victim, Armenia.
According to information from the Armenian side, the AZERBAIJANI GENERAL Mais Barkhudarov was captured.
Video from the capital of Armenia show Mig-29 fighter jets, flying low and fast toward the battle lines.
There are unconfirmed reports that Azerbaijan forces have captured the city of Fuzuli.
Other nations are already jumping-in to this ugly situation.
Israel has shown its character by sending plane loads of military gear (weapons) to Azerbaijan, via Turkey as indicated by the flight radar map below
It is more than interesting to see these two countries working together since Turkey is ardently anti-Israel . . . .
By supplying Azerbaijan, Israel is squarely AGAINST the USA; an interesting thing for them to do since their little country allegedly cannot survive without Billions in welfare every year from the United States.
And the Israelis have been doing this forleading up to the ongoing fighting. Pictured below is a plane from the Azerbaijan military, to pick up weapons!
Armenia protested sharply to Israel following the Azerbaijani army’s use of an Israeli-made suicide drone to attack an Armenian convoy during renewed fighting, which is one of the most violent rounds of hostilities since war ended in the region 10 years ago.
Do the Israelis think we don’t watch what they do? Do they take the USA completely for granted – or is it something else; do they think they can act with impunity? They’re wrong. Israel should stop biting the hand that feeds it.
The Turks are proving to be troublesome too. Below, video of Turkish F-16 fighter jets flying just feet away from Armenia’s southern border. The Turks are supporting Azerbaijan.
Officials in Armenia have directly stated thatThey claim Turkish air strikes hit the disputed territory yesterday, but this is not yet confirmed by outside parties.
What can be confirmed is that Turkey is violating Armenian territorial air space with military drone engaged in Recon as evidenced by this radar plot from yesterday:
And Turkey has been shuttling military cargo planes into Azerbaijan for WEEKS. In fact, one recent military cargo plane shipment took place as the renewed fighting began as proven by this flight radar record:
Russia is shipping vast quantities of equipment into Armenia both from Russia and from inside Iran.
Azerbaijan began using Multiple Launcher Rocket Systems (MLRS) this morning . . . but didn’t hit anything . . .
Elsewhere, the Greek Parliament has decided to suspend talks with #zerbaijan after its military attack against Armenia.
As this conflict grows, the risk to the region and to the world grows with it.
***** BULLETIN *****
Turkey intervened in the military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and launched air strikes on the territory of Armenia, using its F-16 fighters. According to preliminary data, the strikes of Turkish fighters were deployed from the airspace of Azerbaijan, which means that combat aircraft were airlifted through the airspace of Georgia or neighboring Iran.
The Armenian Ministry of Defense has confirmed the use of Turkish combat aircraft, which means that now, in addition to actively monitoring the airspace of Azerbaijan, air defense systems will monitor Turkish airspace at a distance of 50 kilometers from the border, since the Turkish F-16s do not have long-range missiles.
At the moment, it is known that Armenia has raised its newest Su-30 fighters into the air, but the latter have so far been used to monitor the airspace and have not been used to launch missile strikes, however, the Armenian Defense Ministry did not rule out the use of combat aircraft to attack enemy forces …
Today, Armenia has a fairly large number of air defense systems in service, and it is for this reason that the active involvement of the air forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey is not yet widespread.