The situation in the Artsakh-Azerbaijani contact line remained relatively stable but tense during the night. Artillery duels continued in some areas. The statement from Azerbaijan that "Armenia fired ballistic missiles in the direction of Gabala and Kurdamir" is complete nonsense and a cynical lie. A revolution is brewing in Baku. what is Ilham Aliyev afraid of? The situation on the Artsakh-Azerbaijan front line remained relatively stable, if tense through the night-The Defence Army The optics and sensor pod mounted on the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle which was shot down by the Artsakh Army Air Defence yesterday is an L3 WESCAM CMX-15D model-Shushan Stepanyan Having suffered heavy losses, the adversary is retreating in the southern section (Khudaferin Reservoir)-Shushan Stepanyan The servicemen killed during the repulse of the Azerbaijani aggression Armenian president: 'Turkey has a completely destructive role in Nagorno-Karabakh' “The right of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh to self-determination is of strategic importance to us,” Nikol Pashinyan told TASS news agency Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan’s interview to BBC Newshour 

Turkey is Genocidal. It Shall Be Stopped. by Vigen A. Sargsyan (Former Minister of Defense of Armenia)

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When in 2015 Armenia went into a commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, there were skeptics, who cynically commented that history shall be left to historians. “One shall not be a hostage of one’s own past”, they argued, repeating the mantra about the difference between the Republic of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. This thesis is not self-born, it is a brainchild of the bloodiest dictator currently in power in the entire Eurasian continent – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He has made many attempts to push away any calls for recognition and condemnation of the Armenian genocide, which in the future paved the way for the Holocaust, and other grave crimes against humanity. He even tried to sugarcoat the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Despite a series of recognitions by leading world powers, including Germany, Turkey’s ally in World War I, whose President Gauk spoke of German compliance in that crime in his speech in Berlin Cathedrial on April 23, 2015; Turkey continues to deny and disregard the calls of European Parliament, its international partners, and own civil society.
Many, including my own people, often refer to the Genocide as a Great Calamity, a tragedy. As the Chief Coordinator of the Centennial, I have many times stated in my interviews, editorials, and comments that Genocide is first of all a crime, and only its consequences are a tragedy, a calamity. And the difference is clear: tragedy solicits sympathy, but crime asks for punishment. Without recognition and punishment, there is no way to prevent repetition of the crime.
Denial of a genocide has direct consequences and implications. Leaving the history of World War II and fascism to the historians, leaving the history of dictatorial regimes in Latin American countries to the historians, leaving the history of slavery and extermination of Native Americans to the historians would be a clear path to repetition of those terrible crimes. Words are insufficient to prevent these events. Recognition, punishment, and incorporation of lessons learned into political decisions is essential to the task of prevention of the repetition of the crime of Genocide.
I have often heard from my foreign friends that Armenians seem to be exaggerating. “It is not the same Turkey now”, they would say. Arguments included Turkey’s constraints as a member of NATO, as an aspirer in the European Union, as a major player in G-20 and with a dynamically developing economy. Many would refer to the empowered civil society, Turkish intellectuals, and modern secular state structure.
Recep Erdogan is once again on the offensive – in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Eastern Mediterranean, and now South Caucasus. After decades of openly and covertly funding, arming, training, and supporting Azerbaijani military, he now openly engages proxy terrorist groups from Syria. Using Turkish aviation, armaments and military personnel to support a full-scale offensive of Azerbaijani army against the people of Nagorno Karabakh, whose only claim is for the right for self-determination. Since 1969 Azerbaijan itself has been ruled by an oil-rich dictatorial dynasty of Aliyevs. With Turkey they have consistently stated that they are “one nation living in two states.” People of Artsakh will never be part of that one nation or the two states.
As I was writing this op-ed, the news came of a Turkish F-16 supporting military operation of Azerbaijani forces against peaceful villages on the territory of the Republic of Armenia. Minutes later that same plane targeted and hit a military airplane of the Armenian armed forces within the territory of Armenia.
There is no doubt that Artsakh and Armenia will once again bring the aggressor to defeat as it has happened over and over in the past. One of the consequences of this unprovoked aggression waged jointly by Azerbaijan and Turkey is already clear: Turkey has now openly entered the conflict in the South Caucasus, once again becoming a regional troublemaker. An amateur action from a state with global ambitions. Turkey continues its bullish and aggressive policy towards all of its neighbors, fully in line with its declared policy vision of ‘neoottomanism’ – an attempt to restore Turkish control over the wider region of Balkans, Middle East and Caucasus. It is crucial to recognize that one of the reasons Turkey behaves the way it does, is that statements, signals, and symbols adopted by Erdogan’s Turkey have gone largely unnoticed. Muted reaction from the world has encouraged Turkey. One can only imagine what would be the reaction if any other offspring of the former Empires in Europe or Asia publicly declared in the 21st century its neo-imperial ambitions, incorporated those into its national security doctrine, and acted in line with that self-explanatory vision.
The Defense Army of Artsakh will be supported in its efforts to restore peace and protect the Motherland by the entire nation – in the Motherland and in Diaspora. From reserve mobilization and financial assistance, to public diplomacy and awareness-building efforts like this one, myself as with every Armenian in the world, shall stand united today in stopping the aggressor now, and on our terms.
As the UN Security Council convenes today to discuss the situation in the region, all member states shall combine forces to immediately stop Turkey and Azerbaijan, and get the situation under control. Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, the sole international mediation format responsible for the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, shall clearly signal that recent developments undermine past efforts and continuation of any negotiations is impossible without a proper investigation of the causes of this aggression. The aggressor shall be called to pay the price of this irresponsible and futile attack in the midst of the international pandemic.
The reaction of the international community shall be rapid and targeted. Today is not the time for neutral and vague “calls on the parties”, or reference to past statements, documents, and processes. Everything is crystal clear: Turkey, the perpetrator of the Armenian Genocide is back to the region with new plans of extermination of Armenians in Armenia and Artsakh as part of their neottoman strategy of completing the unfinished business of the rotted Ottoman Empire. NATO and Turkey’s allies in that organization, allies of Armenia, all major international players have the primary responsibility of stepping up their efforts on leashing Turkey and its proxy-state - Azerbaijan.
Consequences of the introduction of Syrian rebels and international mercenaries to yet another region, where they were non-existent before, is in direct violation of efforts of the international society to prevent the spread of terrorism and non-state militant groups. Activities of such groups in the immediate neighborhood of the risk-potent regions of the North Caucasus will easily fuel national and regional security concerns, and pave the way for adequate steps by Russia. There is no room for politically correct and balanced statements now. It is time to act.
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The situation in the Artsakh-Azerbaijani contact line remained relatively stable but tense during the night. Artillery duels continued in some areas.The statement from Azerbaijan that "Armenia fired ballistic missiles in the direction of Gabala and Kurdamir" is complete nonsense and a cynical lie.A revolution is brewing in Baku. what is Ilham Aliyev afraid of?The situation on the Artsakh-Azerbaijan front line remained relatively stable, if tense through the night-The Defence ArmySince the last update the new losses of Azerbaijan are: 2 UAVs, 4 armored vehicles, 150 casualties.The optics and sensor pod mounted on the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle which was shot down by the Artsakh Army Air Defence yesterday is an L3 WESCAM CMX-15D model-Shushan StepanyanHaving suffered heavy losses, the adversary is retreating in the southern section (Khudaferin Reservoir)-Shushan StepanyanThe servicemen killed during the repulse of the Azerbaijani aggressionArmenian president: 'Turkey has a completely destructive role in Nagorno-Karabakh'“The right of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh to self-determination is of strategic importance to us,” Nikol Pashinyan told TASS news agencyForeign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan’s interview to BBC NewshourDuring the night the situation on the Artsakh-Azerbaijani conflict zone was relatively stable, but tense. In certain sections, artillery battles continue.The adversary is using aviation and artillery in the Northern section. Pitched battles are still taking place in the Southern front. The servicemen killed during the repulse of the Azerbaijani aggressionAnkara’s actions in the Caucasus could also pose a threat to the EU, Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian told PoliticoThe claims of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General that Armenia targeted the Baku-Novorossiysk oil pipeline are completely false and such lies do not merit any comments-Shushan StepanyanSince the last update the new losses of Azerbaijan are: 9 UAVs, 12 armored vehicles, 150 casualties.Received today the parliamentary delegation of "Alternative for Germany"- Arayik HarutyunyanDuring the night, the situation in the Artsakh-Azerbaijani conflict zone, in general, was relatively stable-tense. Statement of the Foreign Ministry of ArmeniaAs a result of the aggression launched by Azerbaijan, secondary schools in the villages of Sotk and Kut, Gegharkunik region of Armenia, were damaged in recent days by the adversary’s drones.On the night of October 18-19, In particular, the city of Martuni as well as the communities of Urekan, Ishkhanadzor, Aygehovit and Vurgavan of Kashatagh region were shelled.Тhe Chairman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh Artur Tovmasyan received the deputies of the German Bundestag from the “Alternative for Germany” party and presented the state of the war unleashed by the triple alliance of Azerbaijan, TurkDavit Babayan, Advisor to the President of the Artsakh Republic on Foreign Relations to Lurer.com: „The enemy leaves many corpses in the fields, creating sanitary dangers.“During the night of October 16, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces have once again targeted Stepanakert-State Service for Emergency Situations of the NKROver the night, once again violating the humanitarian ceasefire, the Azerbaijani Armed Force struck with missiles at the civilian settlement of Artsakh, including the capital Stepanakert.Since the last update the new losses of Azerbaijan are: 5 UAVs, 2 armored vehicles, 1 plane, 150 casualties.David Babayan, Advisor on Foreign Relations to the President of the Artsakh Republic: “Pompeo says Turkey is an aggressor and US does not accept such behavior”․The mask of the Erdogan-Aliyev couple was torn.Baku dictator in an awkward situationWork is constantly ongoing to identify weapons, transport them to safe locations, and dispose. At this point, 32 civilian deaths and more than 100 injuries have been confirmed.Azerbaijan and Turkey must be taken responsible for bringing paid killers and fanatic jihadists to our region. President Armen Sarkissian’s interview to Al-JaridaThe servicemen killed during the repulse of the Azerbaijani aggressionSince the last update the new losses are: 4 UAVs, 5 armored vehicles, 1 plane, 350 casualties. A criminal case has been accepted in the Investigative Committee of the Artsakh Republic in accordance with Article 416, Part 1, Point 1, Article 416, Part 2, Point 6 of the Criminal Code of the Artsakh Republic. The investigation is underway.Relatively stable tension remained in the Artsakh-Azerbaijani conflict zone overnight-Shushan StepanyanPrime Minister Nikol Pashinyan petitioned the president to posthumously award the title of National Hero to the Commander of the N military unit, Vahagn Asatryan.Today, upon my decree, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Artsakh, Commander of the Defense Army, major-general Jalal Harutyunyan was conferred the military rank of lieutenant-general- Arayik HarutyunyanStatement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh Press conference of Artsrun Hovhannisyan, representative of the RA Ministry of Defense and Zareh Sinanyan, High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs.The number of killed civilians by the Azerbaijani aggression has reached 32How Turkey failed Aliyev. Baku was caught in its own trap The 14-year-old son, Narek, had to be rushed to Yerevan in serious condition with a shrapnel wounds and is currently in the resuscitation ward. Defense Army units take relevant actions to silence the enemy.Stepanakert today resembles German towns during WWII. President Armen Sarkissian’s interview to Bild13-year-old Robert, who was in a coma for 5 days, continues to be treated in the intensive care unitSince the last update the new losses are: 3 UAVs, 20 armored vehicles, 1 plane, 350 casualties.Terrorism at state level!At the time of the airstrikes civilians, including children, were in the church.The investigation is underway-Investigative Committee of the Artsakh RepublicOn October 14, the Azerbaijani armed force has targeted the military equipment on combat alert in the territory of the Republic of Armenia adjacent to the border with Qaravachar.
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