Turkey occasionally violating Armenian airspace, Foreign Ministry says

September 30, 2020 – 12:43 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The Armenian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, September 30 that Turkey has been making provocative flights, on certain instances crossing and violating the airspace of .

“On September 29, an F-16 multifunctional fighter of the Turkish Air Forces, with base in the Ganja airport of Azerbaijan, downed within the airspace of the Republic of Armenia in Vardenis region the SU-25 Fighter of the Armenian Armed Forces which was carrying out combat tasks to repel the attacks of Azerbaijan on military and civilian objects. Major Valeri Danelin, pilot of the Armed Forces of Armenia, was killed,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“This is not the first provocative action of the Turkish air forces. Since appearing in Azerbaijan, the Turkish air forces have been carrying out provocative flights along the line of contact between and Azerbaijan. During the aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan, they in fact have been providing air support to the combat units of the Azerbaijani army. Notably, provocative flights by Turkey have been carried out along the Armenian-Turkish border as well, on certain instances crossing and violating the airspace of Armenia. On September 27, in the same section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, a Turkish F-16 airplane violated the Armenia air space and launched missiles at the Vardenis region.”

The Turkish air force arrived in Azerbaijan for joint large-scale military drills held from July 29 to August 13 and has not left Azerbaijan ever since.

“The provocative actions of the Turkish armed forces seriously undermine the regional security and hinder the efforts of the international community to cease the hostilities,” the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.

“International community called on third countries to refrain from escalating the conflict, and Turkey should heed these calls. We strongly condemn Turkey’s provocative actions and demand the immediate withdrawal of the Turkish armed forces, including the air force from the conflict zone.”

Azerbaijan launched a major offensive against Karabakh (Artsakh) in the morning of September 27, shelling Armenian positions and civilian settlements with large caliber weapons and rocket systems. Armenia and Karabakh have introduced martial law and total mobilization. The Armenian side has reported deaths and injuries both among the civilian population and the military. On September 29, the Azerbaijani army began shelling position and civilian settlements in Armenia, which resulted in civilian casualty.

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