NATO CEO: Turkey Must Calm Azerbaijan

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Turkey should use its influence in Azerbaijan to calm the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.

 

NATO CEO Jens Stoltenberg appealed on Monday during a press conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Hostilities in the disputed region started over a week ago, and shelling continued on Monday. The chief of the military alliance called on both sides to an armistice and return to the negotiating table.

“There is no military solution,” said Stoltenberg, who is “deeply concerned” about the escalation of violence.

Turkey is an ally of the also predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan.

Turkish President Erdogan has offered support and demands that Armenia ends the “occupation” of Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey is on the side of Azerbaijan “by all means and with all its heart”, he said last week.

French President Macron says he has evidence that Turkey is sending Syrian mercenaries to Nagorno-Karabakh.

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