ArmInfo. On July 30 in Vienna, the agenda of the OSCE Permanent Council meeting on the initiative of the Armenian delegation included an issue entitled "Turkey's aggressive policy and militaristic behavior as a factor destabilizing in the South Caucasus."
Permanent Representative of Armenia, Ambassador Armen Papikyan, at the beginning of his speech, informed the OSCE participating States about the cases of ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan in recent days, as a result of which one serviceman of the Armenian Armed Forces was mortally wounded by sniper fire, and another soldier was wounded.
Then the Abassador reported on Azerbaijan's statement on holding joint Azerbaijani-Turkish military exercises, stressing that all these actions were carried out a few days after the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, in which the co-chairs stressed the importance of strict adherence to the ceasefire regime and called on to refrain from any provocative actions.
Consequently, the Armenian side views these joint exercises as a joint provocation aimed at increasing tension in the region. In this regard, Papikyan also stressed that the leadership of Azerbaijan devalues the efforts of international mediators to ease tensions and resume the peace process, bearing full responsibility for the consequences of destabilization.
Referring to the role of Turkey, the Abassador noted that without the unconditional support of this country, Azerbaijan will not be able to maintain tension on the border with Armenia for a long time. And proceeding from these considerations, Armenia draws the attention of the OSCE participating States to the aggressive policy and militaristic behavior of Turkey, directed, in particular, towards Armenia and the South Caucasus region as a whole.
The Turkish behavior directed against Armenia is evidenced by its large-scale involvement in Nakhchivan. The role of Turkey in the recent clashes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan cannot be ignored either. Turkey was the only country that expressed its open and unconditional support for Azerbaijan's military adventure against Armenia.
Then Papikyan presented the statements of the Turkish authorities made by President Erdogan, the foreign and defense ministers, which differed sharply from the tone and content of the statements of the officials of the international community. The Permanent Representative of Armenia noted that such statements of Turkey, in addition to encouraging tensions, also testify to the regional aspirations of this country towards the South Caucasus, which the Turkish leadership is trying to justify with the so-called "historical mission".
For Armenia and the Armenian people, these approaches are reminiscent of the Armenian Genocide and cause concern for the people and authorities of Armenia.
The Abassador also touched upon the behavior of Turkey in the Karabakh conflict. In particular, he noted that this country, being a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, nevertheless always played a destructive role. Turkey's undisguised support for Azerbaijan's maximalist approaches in the process of resolving the Karabakh conflict and the provocative and unilateral behavior of this country harm the peace process and indicate that Turkey cannot be involved in any conflict settlement process.
Papikyan also touched upon the issue of the participation of Turkish inspectors in the status of invited or inspection visits to be held on the territory of Armenia within the framework of the CFE Treaty, introduced by the Permanent Mission of Armenia on July 29, and the Vienna Document.
In this regard, Ambassador Papikyan noted that for years Armenia has received similar inspection visits, which were mainly carried out along the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan. But taking into account the obvious anti-Armenian behavior of Turkey, as well as the sensitivity of information in the current conditions in terms of ensuring the security of the population of Armenia and Armenia, the Republic of Armenia decided to stop Turkish military inspection visits to Armenia within the framework of the CFE Treaty and the Vienna Document. Along with all this, Armenia reaffirms the importance of arms control mechanisms as an essential instrument of predictability, transparency and accountability, provided that they are applied in accordance with the spirit of these mechanisms.