Azerbaijan vows fight ‘to the end’ as Nagorno-Karabakh war rages

Azerbaijan vows fight ‘to the end’ as Nagorno-Karabakh war rages
Azerbaijan's advances on the battlefield since fighting began on September 27. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has said his country’s forces will fight ”to the end” if negotiations fail to result in an agreement by ethnic Armenian forces to withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions.

Speaking during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Azerbaijan’s capital on Sunday, Mr Aliyev also said Armenia had “no basis” to request Russian military assistance in the conflict.

The fighting in the region has brought into sharp focus the increased Turkish influence, an ally of Azerbaijan, in a former Soviet region considered by Russia to be within its sphere of influence. Moscow also has a security alliance with Armenia.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia has asked Moscow to outline the extent of the support it could expect from Moscow.

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday said in response that it would provide “all assistance required” should the conflict spill onto “the territory of Armenia” – land that is outside the current conflict zone.

Azerbaijan’s President quoted by state news agency Azertac, said he wanted to resolve the conflict through negotiations that would result in the withdrawal of ethnic Armenian forces form the region.

He said: “Otherwise, we will continue by any means to restore our territorial integrity and … we will go to the end.”

His comments came as the fight in the Nagorno-Karabakh entered its sixth week on Sunday, with both countries blaming each other for new attacks.

Officials of Nagorno-Karabakh accused Azerbaijan of targeting the town of Martuni with military aviation and several other areas with missile raids overnight. They said Azerbaijani forces continued shelling the region’s civilian settlements in the morning.

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