President of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Araik Harutyunyan, said that Karabakh “must be ready for a long war.”
“We must be prepared for a long war. Otherwise, we will have problems with fulfilling our most important task – the right to live in our country,” Harutyunyan said during a briefing broadcast on Facebook. He added that now the task of the Karabakh defense army is to force the enemy to peace.
“The war (fighting on the contact line) will end with the defeat of Azerbaijan, or at least not with a victory,” the Karabakh leader said.
Armenia also declared martial law and General mobilization. Former Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia, ex-Ombudsman of Karabakh Ruben Melikyan, told Free News that General mobilization is announced in Armenia for the first time. The President of Azerbaijan approved the introduction of martial law in several cities and regions of the Republic and a curfew in the country and announced partial mobilization.
Some countries, including Russia and France, called on the parties to exercise restraint. Turkey has stated that it will provide Azerbaijan with any support it requests against the background of another aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.