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Turkey's Erdogan backs Azerbaijan's offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh, as US, Russia urge restraint

Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Erdogan said the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region is Azerbaijani territory, as US and Russia rejected Baku's offensive.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 78th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City on September 19, 2023. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP) (Photo by ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country supports Azerbaijan’s military offensive against Armenian forces in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, just as Baku launched a fresh offensive in the contested territory.  

Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Erdogan said, “As everyone now acknowledges, Karabakh is Azerbaijani territory. Imposition of another status [to the region] will never be accepted.” 

He continued, "We support the steps taken by Azerbaijan — with whom we act together with the motto of one nation, two states — to defend its territorial integrity." 

Erdogan accused Armenia of failing to fulfill its pledges under the cease-fire. “We supported the negotiation process between Azerbaijan and Armenia from the beginning. However, we see that Armenia has been unable to seize this historical opportunity. We expect Armenia to fulfill its promises,” he said.

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