ArmInfo. It is obvious that Azerbaijan decided to demonstrate its ability to solve the Karabakh problem by force. RF State Duma lawmaker Konstantin Zatulin expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"For propaganda purposes, all this is accompanied by accusations that Armenia started all this action. Although everyone understands that Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh did not need all this at all - both republics stand for the status quo. While Azerbaijan stands for changing it, and demonstrating the ability for revenge. I think that Turkey's desire to increase its weight and implement its plans in the region played a decisive role in initiating a new war, "he stressed.
According to the parliamentarian, this is exactly what all the latest statements by the military-political leadership of Turkey are aimed at. In particular, the demands for the withdrawal of Armenians from the territory of Karabakh. Meanwhile, the Armenians have been living in Karabakh throughout the entire written history and, in this light, they can no way "leave" it. Karabakh, according to Zatulin, belongs and has always belonged to the people of Karabakh, there are Armenian monasteries, etc., etc.
The Russian parliamentarian stressed that the accusations that the Armenians are building their statehood on a foreign land are ineligible, given the fact that in 1991 Azerbaijan left the USSR without Karabakh, which at that time Baku no longer controlled. The Karabakh conflict began in 1988 with the Sumgait and Baku pogroms. And today it is Azerbaijan that violates the ceasefire agreements reached in 1994.
In this light, Russia and other mediators should work towards an immediate ceasefire. At the same time, the violator - Azerbaijan, according to Zatulin, should not gain benefits based on the results of its behavior. Ilham Aliyev, according to his estimates, constantly withdraws from negotiations, since it seems to him that success in his undertakings is still possible and he will certainly achieve it. "To our great regret, unlike the war of April 2016, today there is another will here - the Turkish one. If the destruction of the Armenian Su 25 attack aircraft by the Turkish F16 fighter is confirmed, and the Azerbaijani army does not have such aircraft, this will mean Turkey's direct intervention in the conflict. In this light, it is necessary to find the wreckage of the shot down SU 25 and establish how it was shot down. Today it is fundamentally important, "Zatulin emphasized.
"Russia's formal approach to this conflict is that we must be friends with both Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, at the same time, we have obligations to Armenia both within the CSTO and within the framework of bilateral agreements. And we must fulfill these obligations. And for this there are all the necessary legal instruments. Armenia, not Azerbaijan, is a member of the EAEU. And Azerbaijan is in an alliance with Turkey. Aliyev's plan of "returning Karabakh by military means" is initially doomed to failure, Zatulin emphasized.
Starting at 07:10 am on September 27, the settlements, as well as the military units of the Republic of Artsakh, were subjected to intensive artillery and rocket fire by the Azerbaijani army. After that, the enemy's motorized rifle and tank subunits launched an offensive in the northern and southeastern directions. At the moment, units of the Artsakh army are fighting, repelling enemy attacks.