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Azerbaijan's Army needs no external forces to ensure its territorial integrity - MFA

Azerbaijan's Army needs no external forces to ensure its territorial integrity - MFA

Politics
01 October 2020, 15:52 53
Some foreign media have recently launched a slanderous campaign full of lies and fabrications that Azerbaijan allegedly recruited militants from Syria, Spokesperson for Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Leyla Abdullayeva said.
Abdullayeva made the remark commenting on allegations of some foreign media outlets about recruiting militants from Syria by Azerbaijan, Trend reports on Oct.1.
According to the spokesperson, no doubt that these fabrications were not confirmed by facts and presented in the form of interviews with shills were initiated by Armenia.
She said that the main goal of this slanderous campaign is to try to compensate for the negative international opinion caused by the resettlement of representatives of terrorist organizations from the Middle East to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, which has recently been demonstratively carried out by Armenia and is a gross violation of international humanitarian law.
"Azerbaijan has numerous facts of connection with the use of terrorist groups and mercenaries in hostilities during the occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding districts by Armenia,” she reminded. "At present, the Armenian leadership, in continuation of this policy, is widely using extremist elements against Azerbaijan within the framework of its new act of aggression. Thus, Armenia's plan to create "volunteer detachments" for their use for military purposes is aimed precisely at using the "services" of terrorists transferred to Armenia from the Middle East for many years.”
"Unlike Armenia, which has been experiencing a deep demographic crisis for many years and, as a result, is unable to staff its armed forces, Azerbaijan has fully equipped armed forces that are so professional and strong that they don’t need any external forces to achieve their goals, in particular irregular armed groups,” Abdullayeva noted. "These fabricated claims are not only illogical but also unfounded from a military-technical point of view. According to various sources, about several hundred mercenaries were delivered to Azerbaijan. In this case, the question arises - in the context of a possible clash between two regular armies, what changes can a small number of irregular groups cause in the balance of forces? Of course, those who spread disinformation are unable to answer this question.”
"We again resolutely reject these vile insinuations against Azerbaijan and emphasize that the Azerbaijani army doesn’t need any external forces to ensure the country's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders,” Abdullayeva added.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.
Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops managed to liberate the territories previously occupied by Armenia: Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari, Ashagi Abdulrahmanli villages (Fuzuli district), Boyuk Marjanli, and Nuzgar villages (Jabrayil district).
Moreover, the positions of the Armenian Armed Forces were destroyed in the direction of Azerbaijan's Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control.
Military actions continued on Sept. 29. Azerbaijani army was able to destroy several tanks of the Armenian Armed Forces, as well as several key military facilities.
Azerbaijan's Dashkesan district underwent fire on the same day from the opposing forces, while Azerbaijani Armed Forces continued military actions on Sept. 29 to liberate the city of Fuzuli from occupation.
According to a statement from Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, the Armenian armed forces have suffered heavy losses along the entire front line from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30, including tanks, armored vehicles, artillery installations, rocket launch systems, as well as command and observation posts, air defense systems, etc.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.