On October 15th, the Deputy Commander of the Armenian Air Defense Forces Garik Movsesyan said at a press conference in Yerevan that two F-16 fighters of the Turkish Air Force invaded Armenian airspace and advanced 6 kilometers on September 27th.
“Turkish F-16s have been involved in the conflict from the first day. So, on September 27, two F-16s violated the air border of Armenia and advanced 6 kilometers inland,” Movsesyan said.
He recalled that on September 29, the F-16 shot down an Armenian Su-25 attack aircraft located in the territory of Armenia.
He noted that after the Turkish planes began to hide their actions.
According to him, the scheme is as follows: two or four F-16s are lifted into the air in Azerbaijan, at the same time planes and drones for early warning, reconnaissance and correction take off over Turkey’s territory, and then Azerbaijani SU-25 attack aircraft.
Movsesian stated that Azerbaijani and Turkish military aircraft meet at the Mingechaur reservoir, make several circles, then attack aircraft occupy the F-16 zone, and they fly to strike at the Martakert region.
“In general, the F-16 planes of the Turkish Air Force coordinate the actions of the Azerbaijani air forces, assist in bombing and rocket attacks on the territories of Armenia, and cover the Azerbaijani military aircraft,” Movsesyan said.
The fighting on the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh began on September 27th.
Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of unleashing hostilities, in Karabakh they report about shelling of peaceful settlements of the unrecognized republic, including its capital, Stepanakert. Armenia has declared martial law and – for the first time – general mobilization, claiming that Ankara is actively supporting Baku. Partial mobilization was introduced in Azerbaijan and in some places – martial law.
On October 9th, the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia arrived in Moscow at the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation, together with their Russian counterpart they held talks for more than 10 hours.
As a result, Yerevan and Baku agreed to cease fire in Karabakh from noon on October 10th, to exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead, and also to additionally agree on specific details of the truce. However, the parties began to accuse each other of violations of the ceasefire almost immediately.
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