Israeli regime pours gas on the fire in Nagorno-Karabakh

2020-10-04 17:37:06
Israeli regime pours gas on the fire in Nagorno-Karabakh

As the war continues for the eighth day between Azerbaijan and Armenia, greater attention has been paid to Israel’s role in the battle over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area, with a number of news media reports saying that Israel is militarily taking the side of Azerbaijan.

This war initially started on September 27 when Azerbaijani and Armenian militaries exchanged fire along the lines of contact on their countries’ borders.

Both sides employed heavy weapons such as rockets and mortar shells after that in the most significant escalation in the decades-long conflict over the volatile Nagorno-Karabakh area, which is internationally recognized as being part of Azerbaijan but is in fact controlled by the local Armenian forces who are supported by Armenia.

These current clashes were the latest in a decades-long series of clashes which have continued over the past years without leading to significant change on the ground.

Right now, it seems that Azerbaijan, supported by some regional players, intends to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict once and for all.

Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijani President, has stated that the war will come to an edn once Armenia leaves Azerbaijani territory, which really means returning the Nagorno-Karabakh area to Azerbaijan.

“We still keep our position unchanged. What I am demanding is absolutely in line with international law, because the whole world recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and no country in the world recognizes the so-called ‘Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’. What I am saying is completely almost the wording of the UN Security Council Resolutions. And they need to leave our territory, and then, the war will stop, and then the conflict will come to an end. And then, maybe some time later people of Azerbaijan and Armenia can again live together, in peace. So, that’s our position, and it is unchanged,” Aliyev remarked in an interview with Al Jazeera TV.

Israeli regime’s state media outlets and journalists have said that the drones used by Azerbaijan and the other weapons had been imported from Israel from which 60% of Azerbaijan arms procurement originates.

In a recent interview with the Hebrew-language Walla News outlet, the foreign policy adviser to the president of Azerbaijan, Hikmet Hajiyev, publicly stated that Azeri forces were making use of Israeli-made drones in military operations against Armenia.

“If the Armenians are afraid of these drones they should stop the occupation,” Hajiyev remarked.

“We appreciate very much the cooperation with Israel - especially the security cooperation,” the president advisor added. “The goal is to strengthen the defensive capabilities of Azerbaijan. We are in a state of defense and this technology allows Azerbaijan the ability to protect the security of its citizens.”

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