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Joint Azerbaijani-Turkish Military Drills Begin in Turkey

“According to the exercise scenario, mortar units have destroyed various targets. The exercises will be held from 1 to 12 February. It should be noted that the Winter Exercise 2021 is held with the participation of units of the Turkish Armed Forces and the Combined Arms Army,” the Defence Ministry reported on its official website on February 2.

In early September 2020, Azerbaijani and Turkish land and air forces held the large-scale joint military exercises in Nakhchivan under the bilateral agreement on military cooperation with the participation of the land forces and air force of the two countries. The first stage of the Azerbaijani-Turkish joint large-scale tactical exercises was held on July 30, 2020. During this time, the countries attacked the Armenian province of Tavush. 

It should be noted that Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev said on August 13, 2020, that the large-scale joint military drills held between Azerbaijani and Turkish troops are another manifestation of the Turkish-Azerbaijani unity and brotherhood, adding that “the intensity of these exercises will be increased from now on”. On September 27, 2020, the two countries once again launched attacks against the Armenians of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), launching a full blown war that killed thousands until a Russia brokered peace deal between Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the Russian Federation. 

The international community of “justice” – UN, NATO, Amnesty International – has failed to hold Azeoturkish forces accountable. 

Former Deputy Defense Minister Artak Zakaryan released a statement saying, “Taking into account Turkey’s military, political activation in the region they should not be viewed any other way. We have witnessed how these authorities looked the other way at Turkey’s actions and what we had in Artsakh as a result,” he said, stressing that Armenia should rapidly bring Armenian-Russian military-political cooperation to the highest level.

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