In Azerbaijan, columns of military equipment were noticed moving towards the border with Armenia.
Photos and videos are published on social networks by local residents, and eyewitnesses claim that Azerbaijan is pulling various types of artillery, tanks and a large number of military trucks to the Armenian border. The symbols “&forall” were marked on the machines: in the network they had already managed to compare them with the Russian symbols “Z” and “V”, which the Russian invaders used during the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The network suggested that Baku intends to use these machines against Armenia, sending a convoy towards Zangezur.
Social networks also report on the intensive movement of transport planes from Turkey and Israel to Azerbaijan.
At the same time, the official Baku stated that this is all preparation for “major exercises using military reserves”. Yerevan's recognition of the territorial integrity of the country. That is, it is about transferring the entire territory of Nagorno-Karabakh to Baku's control.
Since the end of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War in 2020, Azerbaijan and Turkey have been promoting the concept of “Zangezur” corridor”, which should connect Azerbaijan with Nakhichevan and Turkey with the rest of the Turkic world through the Armenian province of Syunik.
The “Zangezur Corridor” initiative, as explained by the “Anadolu” agency, will affect the interests of many countries, including Iran, Russia and Turkey.
For example, Iran is afraid of growing influence and “attractiveness” of Azerbaijan, including for Azerbaijanis living in the Islamic Republic. In Tehran, they believe that the “Zangezur Corridor” may interrupt Iran's ties with Armenia and prevent the country from entering the Black Sea.
Despite the fact that the security of the Zangezur Corridor will be ensured by Russia, Armenia objects to this, arguing that the "logic of the corridor" it deviates from the ceasefire announcement.
Azerbaijan instead initiated construction projects on its territory, presenting them as part of the implementation of the so-called "Zangezur Corridor" and threatened that if Armenia does not want to introduce the corridor, Azerbaijan will “solve it by force”.
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