Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the possible participation of the OSCE Minsk Group countries in resolving the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Erdogan told the Turkish parliament about this shortly before the presidents of Russia, the United States and France made a joint statement in which they called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease fire immediately.
“Given that the United States, Russia, and France have neglected the problem for almost 30 years, it is unacceptable that they take part in the search for a solution to the ceasefire,” Erdogan said to Reuters.
He stated that a long ceasefire can come only after the “Armenian occupants” leave the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The situation around the disputed territory escalated on September 27, and active hostilities began in the region. Martial law has been declared in Armenia and Azerbaijan, with both sides reporting casualties and wounded.
During the escalation of the conflict, Turkey stated that it is ready to support Azerbaijan in negotiations and on the battlefield. France claims that militants from Turkey are participating in the fighting in Karabakh. Armenia also announced the participation of the country’s air force in the conflict on the sides of Azerbaijan.