Analysts of the Carnegie Moscow Center presented their vision of the further development of relations between Russia and Turkey and the conflict of interests in connection with the events in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“In recent years, everyone has learned to see Russia and Turkey on one side of the barricades and the United States and Europe on the other. In Syria and Libya, Putin and Erdogan may have different interests, but it is much easier for them to agree with each other than with the West.
But in Nagorno-Karabakh, everything turned out differently. Russia and the West together call on Azerbaijan to stop the offensive, while Turkey, on the contrary, is escalating the conflict. Ankara directly invites Moscow to sit down and decide everything, “as in Syria,” but the Russian leadership does not react in any way to the Turkish initiative. “After all, we are talking about the Transcaucasia, a region where Russia has its own field of interests,” the analytical article says.
The article says that the Kremlin, however, does not want to openly argue with Erdogan, with whom it has spent so much time building partnership.
“Erdogan is trying to involve Putin in the dialogue on Karabakh, as he is doing on Libya or Syria. Meanwhile, the Russian authorities are trying to speak very carefully about Ankara’s actions”. The analysts also cite Peskov (the official representative of the Russian President – Tert.am) who clearly stated that any statement on the provision of military assistance to one of the parties “is provocative and harmful”.
Recall that on September 27, the Azerbaijani armed forces launched a large-scale attack in Artsakh, directed against the civilian population.
As of October 10, the Artsakh Armed Forces destroyed 16 helicopters, 17 aircraft, 162 drones, 508 armored vehicles (mainly tanks), 82 vehicles, 10 armored personnel carriers, 4 TOS-1A heavy artillery systems, 4 Smerch heavy artillery systems, and 1 Uragan multiple rocket launcher system.
The enemy has more than 4369 casualties. According to preliminary data, 415 people were killed at the Armenian side. The Azerbaijani Armed Forces also attacked the civil-military infrastructure of Artsakh and the Republic of Armenia, as a result of which 2 civilians were killed in Gegharkunik, 20 civilians were killed in Artsakh, 93 civilians were wounded, and about 5800 items of property and infrastructure were damaged.
As a result of shelling by the Azerbaijani armed forces, journalists from both foreign and local media were wounded as well.
Martial law has been declared in Armenia as of September 27, just like in Artsakh.
A ceasefire formally came into force on October 10 at 12:00, but even after the ceasefire, the Azerbaijani armed forces carried out a number of sabotage operations.