Azerbaijan : Turkey and Pakistan on Sunday declared their support for Azerbaijan following clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces over a disputed region.
“While I call on the Armenian people to take hold of their future against their leadership that is dragging them to catastrophe and those using it like puppets, we also call on the the entire world to stand with Azerbaijan in their battle against invasion and cruelty,” Erdogan said on Twitter, adding that Turkey will “increasingly continue” its solidarity with Baku.
“We will support our Azerbaijani brothers with all our means in their fight to protect their territorial integrity,” added Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar in a statement.
Pakistan also threw its weight behind Azerbaijan following Armenia’s border violations and attacks in Upper Karabakh.
“Pakistan stands with the brotherly nation of Azerbaijan and supports its right of self-defence,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces has erupted again over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh and the territory’s defence ministry said 16 soldiers and two civilians have been killed and more than 100 others wounded.
Azerbaijan’s president, meanwhile, says his military has suffered losses, but gave no details.
Armenia also claimed that four Azerbaijani helicopters were shot down and 33 Azerbaijani tanks and fighting vehicles were hit by artillery.