The President of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Araik Harutyunyan, believes that the escalation of the conflict in Karabakh is also directed against Iran.
Answering a question from a journalist during a briefing broadcast on Facebook whether there were any signals from Tehran connected with the current situation, Harutyunyan noted that the Karabakh side did not see any other concrete steps apart from a few ordinary statements.
“But I want to say that one of the recipients of this war (fighting on the contact line) is Iran because this war is directed, among other things, against Iran. We are aware of regional problems related, in particular, to the North of Iran (where Azerbaijanis live),” the leader of the unrecognized Republic said.
On September 27, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that the Armenian armed forces fired at settlements on the contact line in Karabakh. According to these data, there were civilian and military deaths. According to the Armenian Defense Ministry, Karabakh “was subjected to air and missile attacks.” Yerevan stated that Baku “launched an offensive” in the Karabakh direction. The unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic reported that peaceful settlements in Karabakh, including the capital Stepanakert, were shelled, the authorities called on the population to take shelter and later declared martial law and mobilization in Karabakh.