Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the Minsk Group co-chairs are hindering the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and stressed that the region should be returned to Azerbaijan.
On Wednesday, Azerbaijan accused Armenia of an attempt to attack its gas and oil storage facilities and warned of a “harsh” response. Tensions between the two sides are now only rising, despite the ceasefire achieved in the region.
through the mediation of Russia.
Turkey accused Armenia of occupying Azerbaijani territory and declared its full support to Azerbaijan. Ankara has repeatedly called on the Minsk Group, established to resolve the conflict and led by France, Russia and the United States, to persuade Armenia to leave the region.
The United States, Russia and France are still postponing this by using delaying tactics,” Erdogan told members of his party AK in parliament Wednesday. “Just give them the occupied land. Let them do what they want on their land,” he added.
Erdogan also refuted reports that Turkey has stationed Syrian allied fighters in the region, which he also rejects Baku.
A little earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow did not agree with Turkey’s position and that a military solution to the conflict was unacceptable. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that Turkey should participate in the negotiations.