Armenian premier says no way to settle dispute with Azerbaijan peacefully

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Wednesday there was no diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at this stage, and urged citizens to sign up as military volunteers to protect their country, the Associated Press reported.

“There is no way now to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh issue through diplomacy,” Pashinyan said during a live address on Facebook.

“In this situation, we may consider all hopes, proposals and ideas about the need to find a diplomatic settlement effectively terminated.”

The Armenian prime minister said that all Armenians must “take up arms and defend the Motherland” and urged local mayors to organise volunteer units.

Meanwhile, Turkey will not hesitate to provide military support to Azerbaijan as part of military cooperation agreements between the two countries if it makes such a request, Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Wednesday, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.