Erdoğan celebrates Azerbaijan’s 'glorious victory' over Armenia at ceremony
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan travelled to Baku on Wednesday to join celebrations to mark Azerbaijan’s victory over Armenia in a conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Erdoğan will attend a parade ceremony in the Azeri capital with President Ilham Aliyev on Thursday, the Turkish presidential palace said in a statement.
The two leaders will celebrate “the glorious victory Azerbaijan won”, the palace said.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a Russia-brokered ceasefire last month to end weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous region within Azerbaijan’s borders but largely populated by ethnic Armenians.
Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan in the fighting, which began in late September, has been censured by Western governments including the United States and France. Russia and France have accused the Turkish government of sending Syrian mercenaries to the region. Azerbaijan also used Turkish-bought hardware including unmanned attack drones.
Russia has deployed peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh to maintain the ceasefire deal, while Turkish military personnel will help man a control centre with Russia that oversees policing and compliance.
Azerbaijan said last week that 2,783 of its troops died in the conflict and more than 100 were missing. Over 2,700 Armenian soldiers and dozens of civilians were killed, the Armenian Health Ministry said.
French President Emmanuel Macron has called for international supervision of the ceasefire agreement. On Nov. 26, The French Senate signed a resolution recognising Nagorno-Karabakh. The decision is not legally binding but has a symbolic significance. It was heavily criticised by Turkey.
Erdoğan will also hold talks with Aliyev on how to strengthen Azerbaijan’s international standing following the cessation of violence and on bolstering bilateral ties, the presidential palace said.