Armenia publishes photos of the wreckage of a plane “shot down by a Turkish fighter” and Azerbaijan presents its story

The Armenian government published today, Wednesday, photos showing the wreckage of an attack aircraft belonging to its forces, which it said was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet against the background of renewed fighting in the Karabakh region.

These pictures were published on the account of the Armenian Government Unified Media Center, with confirmation that the “Su-25” attack aircraft was shot down yesterday morning in the airspace of the Armenian Wardenis region while carrying out combat missions to prevent air attacks on military and civilian sites in the country.

The center stated that the ill-fated plane was shot down by one of the Turkish “F-16” fighters deployed at Ganja airport in Azerbaijan, and revealed that the Armenian pilot who was killed as a result of the incident was an officer with the rank of major, whose name was Valery Danilian.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry confirmed the correctness of this information in a statement issued on Wednesday, accusing the Turkish Air Force of carrying out “provocative flights along the border between the two countries and violating Armenia’s airspace in some cases”.

Baku and Ankara refuted the reports that an Armenian warplane was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet.

The Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Hikmat Hajiyev, announced on Wednesday that two Armenian “Su-25” planes crashed yesterday as they collided with a mountain, calling on the Yerevan government to clarify the circumstances of the alleged accident.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also said that Turkey would support Azerbaijan “by all available means” in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

In response to a question about whether Turkey is providing military support to Baku, Çavuşolu told the Turkish official Anadolu News Agency: “We will do what is necessary… if Azerbaijan wants to solve this conflict in the field”.

The Turkish minister added that Azerbaijan currently has “the capacity” to deal with the situation by itself.

Separately, Cavusoglu attacked French President Emmanuel Macron for what he described as supporting Armenia’s invasion of Azerbaijani lands, against the backdrop of Macron’s statements that Ankara is spreading “hostile messages fond of war”.

For its part, Russia criticized Turkey’s pledge to support Azerbaijan, amid the conflict between the latter and Armenia, as the Kremlin says, “You should not pour fuel on the fire”.

Russia, which maintains close military relations with Armenia, including the presence of a military base there, has repeatedly demanded an immediate ceasefire after the outbreak of the

conflict four days ago. 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated his position on Wednesday.

“We still call on all countries in the region to exercise restraint, and we call on the parties to the conflict in particular for an immediate cessation of hostilities,” Peskov said in statements carried by the Russian news agency (TASS).

On the other hand, the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashnyan, said in statements carried by the Armenian news agency, “Armenpress”, that Armenia “does not yet need to use the capabilities of the Russian base, but if necessary, all legal foundations are available”.

For its part, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that fighters from Syria and Libya have deployed in the conflict zone in Nagorny Karabakh, a separatist region in Azerbaijan that has been witnessing bloody battles for four days.

The Foreign Ministry confirmed that “fighters from illegal armed groups, especially from Syria and Libya, are being deployed in the conflict zone in Nagorny Karabakh to participate in the battles”.