Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict – The attack of the Armenian army with heavy weapons on the Tovuz Rayon of Azerbaijan suddenly changed the world agenda and caused the regional war scenarios to be brought to the agenda once again. It was announced that both sides suffered serious losses, especially in the mutual attacks that began at noon on July 12 and appeared to be weakened by July 15.
For the first time, Azerbaijan lost a general in the hot conflict. The outposts belonging to Armenia, where attacks were carried out on the Azerbaijani side, were destroyed by the counter-fire of Azerbaijan. Ilham Aliyev, the president of Azerbaijan, convened the National Security Council, then the Council of Ministers, with a special agenda, one day apart, and gave important messages o
Azerbaijan dramatically escalated tensions amid its border battle with Armenia this week with an implicit threat to bomb the region’s only nuclear power plant and unleash “great catastrophe” on Armenians.
The July 16 warning drew outrage from Yerevan and deepened concerns that the worst violence in four years between Azerbaijan and Armenia, who are technically still in a war begun in the late 1980s, could quickly spiral out of control.
At least 16 Azerbaijanis and Armenians have died in the fighting near a northern section of their internationally recognized border that has included heavy artillery, tank, and drone attacks since it began on July 12.
Yerevan and Baku routinely threaten and accuse the other of provocations that have killed dozens of people in recent years, many of them civilians, with neither side willing to back down publicly for fear of being viewed as weak in the more than 30-year-long standoff.
In a press conference in Ardabil province on Thursday, Abbas Mousavi said that Iran called for a peaceful solution to the dispute in the Karabakh region immediately after an escalation of conflicts between Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan in recent days.
The Islamic Republic is ready to mediate between Armenia and Azerbaijan for resolving the conflict over Karabakh, he noted.
The Islamic Republic’s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the Islamic world is clear, Mousavi said, Iran backs taking advantage of economic and security benefits in the region.
“We want the tensions under control and we are confident that by controlling the tensions, the ongoing conflicts will not turn into a war,” he said.
Exchanges of fire between Armenian and Azeri forces began
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev thanked Turkey for its full support and solidarity regarding Nagorno-Karabakh, as he said his country will not take a step back in the face of flagrant aggression by the Armenian military.
Calling Armenia a “fascist state” for bombing civilian settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, Aliyev said Azerbaijan has a strong military to counter Armenian attacks.
He noted that the military has immediately retaliated against the Armenian attacks in the Tovuz region, which killed 11 Azerbaijani soldiers near the border. A 76-year-old civilian was also killed in Armenian attacks, according to the Azerbaijani president.
“This demonstrates that Armenia is a fascist state,” Aliyev said.
“Armenian forces have not been able to step a foot on Azerbaijani land, and they will never be able to,” Aliyev sa
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday heavily criticized Armenia’s attacks on Azerbaijan and its smear campaign against Ankara by pointing out that the South Caucasus nation has been the main obstacle to permanent peace and stability in the region.
“This hypocritical attitude of Armenia, which has maintained an illegitimate occupation in the territory of Azerbaijan for many years, clearly and obviously reveals who is the main obstacle to the establishment of permanent peace and stability in the South Caucasus,” it said in a written statement.
Clashes erupted again on Thursday between Azerbaijan and Armenia following a daylong lull along their shared border, dashing hopes of a rapid de-escalation in a crisis that has raised fears of a major flare-up.
On July 12, the decades-long conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated into a major military confrontation along the state border straddling Azerbaijan’s Tovuz and Armenia’s Tavush regions (Jam-news, July 12). The clashes, involving heavy artillery as well as aerial drones, resulted in the deaths of several military personnel and civilians along with the destruction of infrastructure in the border region. On July 13, it was reported that the two sides also fought along the border in Azerbaijan’s Nakchivan exclave, which is nestled between Turkey, Iran and Armenia (Mod.gov.az, July 13). As of July 14, press accounts state that seven Azerbaijani service members, including a major general and a colonel, were killed, while Armenia has reported the
Turkey cannot be involved in any international processes related to the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
‘On July 12, following the attack by the Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of the Tavush region of the Republic of Armenia, the leadership of Turkey, including the President, the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Defense issued a number of official statements.
“These statements not only contain commitment of unconditional support to Azerbaijan, but also exhibit clear regional ambitions towards the South Caucasus, which the President of Turkey, along with other officials, attempt to substantiate by referring to Turkey’s “historic mission” in the region,” the Foreign Ministry said.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the European Union (EU) have signed on to support the development of the first utility-scale solar power plant in Armenia, which is also the first for the Caucasus. The 55-megawatt power plant facility, located in Mets Masrik municipality, Gegharkunik Province, will boost Armenia’s supply of renewable energy and will help the country reduce its reliance on imported fuels.
The plant is being developed by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, a global leader in utility-scale renewable energy projects. The company will receive a $35.4 million debt financing package consisting of two $17.7 million long-term loans, one each from IFC
President Armen Sarkissian sent a congratulatory message to the President of France Emmanuel Macron on the occasion of the country’s National Holiday. The message states:
“I cordially congratulate you and the friendly people of the French Republic on the occasion of the National Holiday and wish your country an incessant advancement. I note gladly that the privileged Armenian-French relations, based on the centuries-long ties and friendship of our peoples, continue to develop in the spirit of amicability and mutual understanding.
We have been able to establish efficient cooperation in almost every area of mutual interest. Armenia is greatly interested in new programs and initiatives aimed at the expansion and deepening of a mutually beneficial cooperation with Fra