Azerbaijani Defense Ministry denies information about large losses in the army

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The head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, Vagif Dyargakhli, called the information spread by the Armenian side about the losses of the Azerbaijani army as false. He announced this on Monday, October 5.

According to him, information about the losses in the Azerbaijani army of more than 200 people is disinformation. Dyargakhli also added that the Armenian army is forced to retreat and itself suffers great losses in manpower and military equipment.

The head of the press service noted that, contrary to the statements of the Armenian side, at present operational and military superiority on the entire front, including in the direction of Jebrail-Fizuli, is on the side of the Azerbaijani army.

Dyargakhli expressed the opinion that the only way to save the Armenian army from a catastrophe is to liberate the “occupied territories”, writes “Interfax”.

The aggravation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh happened on September 27. Baku and Yerevan, which dispute the ownership of the region, blamed each other for escalating the conflict.

According to the Armenian side, Baku is providing military assistance to Ankara. So, on September 29, the press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan reported that a Turkish F-16 shot down an Armenian Su-25 attack aircraft, the pilot was killed. Turkey denied these reports, noting that so far it sees no reason to send military to Karabakh. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised Azerbaijan any necessary assistance and called on Armenia to “end the occupation” of Karabakh.

On October 1, it became known about the probable arrival of Syrian militants through Turkey to Karabakh.

On the same day, the leaders of the OSCE Minsk Group countries Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron issued a joint statement on Karabakh.

Pashinyan said that within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, the issue of introducing Russian peacekeepers into the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) could be raised.

The conflict in Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the armed confrontation in 1992-1994, Baku lost control over the region and seven adjacent districts. Since 1992, negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the conflict have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, headed by three co-chairs – Russia, the United States and France.

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