The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs today accused Azerbaijan and its ally Turkey of spreading fake news as the conflict between the warring nations intensifies.
“The aggression of Azerbaijan against Artsakh with the support of Turkey and the involvement of the foreign terrorist fighters has been accompanied by the campaign of fake news and disinformation which goes beyond the limits of common sense,” the ministry said.
Mocking Azerbaijan, Armenia added “Having failed to achieve any success in the battlefield, the Azerbaijani side on one hand speaks about its imaginary gains, and on the other hand spreads fake news on the shelling of the Azerbaijani settlements by Armenia.”
Azerbaijan had earlier accused Armenia of launching Tochka missile attack at Mingechevir Hydro Power Plan yesterday. Mingecevir has a population of more than 100,000 and is located 100km (62 miles) from Armenia’s border. “The recent disinformation about the alleged strikes from the territory of Armenia to the Azerbaijani settlements is case in point,” the ministry added.
Armenia’s government-run information centre released footage purportedly showing artillery attacks by Azeri forces on October 4 in the city of Stepanakert. The video shows severely damaged buildings, including an apartment block, and a street covered in debris. According to reports, four civilians were killed and 10 were left wounded in these attacks.
“The aim of this disinformation campaign is to cover up the massive shelling of the large settlements of Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan since the first day of the war, which resulted in many losses among the civil population, while serious damage was inflicted upon the essential civilian infrastructure,” the Armenian side alleged.
“With the spread of such fake news Azerbaijan also prepares grounds for the continuation of its criminal policy and for the extension of the geography of the war. Each provocation by the Azerbaijani side will receive an adequate response from the Republic of Armenia,” the Foreign Ministry added.
Turkey has openly supported Baku has offered to provide combat drones, missiles, ammunition and air defense systems. It has firmly put its weight behind oil-rich Azerbaijan as a decades-old territorial dispute flared anew into an armed conflict over the volatile Nagorno-Karabakh.
On September 28, Armenian MFA said: “Turkey, which annihilated Armenians in their historical homeland & up until now justifies that crime, supports Azerbaijan to carry out same genocidal acts in South Caucasus. This genocidal Turkish-Azerbaijani alliance is serious threat to the region.”
Azerbaijan and Turkey are bound by strong ethnic, cultural and historic ties and refer to their relationship as being one between “two states, one nation.” After the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991, Turkey was the first country to recognize Azerbaijan’s independence. It shares no diplomatic relations with Armenia and sealed its border with the nation in 1993.