Battles continue in Karabakh … Azerbaijan says it thwarted an attack on oil pipelines, and Armenia accuses Turkey of fueling the conflict.

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Azerbaijan announced on Tuesday that it had thwarted an Armenian army attack on an oil pipeline linking its territory with Georgia and Turkey.

The Azerbaijani Public Prosecution said in a statement that the Armenian army fired a shell on the “Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan-PT-G” pipeline in the section passing through the city of “Yulakh”, but the Azerbaijani army managed to repel the attack.

She added that this line is a huge strategic project of great importance for European energy security, describing the Armenian army’s attack as a “terrorist operation.”

On September 27, clashes erupted on the front line between the two countries after the Armenian army fired massively at residential sites in Azeri villages, killing and wounding people and causing great damage to civilian infrastructure, according to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

Heavy move to Turkey

In turn, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Tuesday in an interview with Agence France-Presse that the renewed fighting in the Nagorno Karabakh region was caused by Turkish support for Azerbaijan, denouncing what he considered as a “terrorist war against a people fighting for their freedom.”

Pashinyan, 45, said at the government palace in Yerevan, “Had it not been for the massive action of Turkey, this war would not have started. If it is true that the Azerbaijani authorities have adopted a large number of war rhetoric in the last 15 years, then the decision to start the war is due to Turkey’s full support.”

He added, “It is not just a new escalation in Nagorno Karabakh, it is a process marked by the massive movement of terrorist groups from the Middle East in the conflict zone,” which means that the war, in his opinion, has become an “anti-terror operation” carried out by the Armenian forces.

Pashinyan believes that his country is the “last barrier” in front of what he called “Turkish expansion,” and said, “If Europe is unable to name this situation in his name, then it has no choice but to wait for Turkey near Vienna,” referring to the Ottoman Empire’s control of the Austrian capital in the 17th century. .

Help Russia

Pashinyan expressed his confidence that Russia will extend a helping hand to Armenia if it comes under direct attack inside its territory, in compliance with the existing military alliance between the two countries under a treaty.

The ongoing battles in Karabakh for 10 days have left at least 286 people dead, according to partial numbers, and both sides of the conflict confirm that the other has suffered heavy losses of lives and equipment, and accuse each other of targeting civilian areas.

Earlier, Russia, the United States and France called for an “unconditional” ceasefire, a call repeated Tuesday by Britain and Canada, which showed grave concern about the bombing of residential areas.

The conflict over Nagorny Karabakh goes back to the nineties of the last century when the Armenian-majority region split from Azerbaijan, causing a war that left 30,000 people dead.

Azerbaijan has repeatedly stressed that it will not agree to a ceasefire unless Armenia withdraws its forces, a position reiterated on Tuesday by its Foreign Minister Jihon Bayramov, saying, “We will fight to the last.”



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