While the UN Security Council will meet on the subject this evening in New York, the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh may well have taken a new step this afternoon. . Indeed, according to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, a Turkish F16 having taken off from an Azerbaijani air base shot down an Armenian Su-25 attack plane engaged in a bombing mission in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to Chuchan Stepanian, spokesman for the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the pilot of the aircraft did not survive.
If the information were to be confirmed, it would represent a significant escalation of the conflict, with Turkey's direct involvement in the fighting, likely to lead Yerevan to call for Allied reinforcements under the Treaty of Collective Security which links Armenia to Russia as well as to 6 other former Soviet republics. For the moment, Moscow is on a line of appeasement, like the Europeans, calling in particular on Turkey to intervene to bring the belligerents to the negotiating table. But Ankara does not seem to hear it that way, President Erdogan having said yesterday in a televised address that Turkey would use all means necessary to support its ally in the face of "Armenian aggression" to end "the occupation. illegal from Azerbaijani territory ”.
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