Saturday, November 28, 2020

Azerbaijan says it has shot down Armenian combat aircraft

Azerbaijan said it shot down a combat aircraft of the Armenian Air Force near Qubadli.

On October 24, in the afternoon, the Azerbaijan Air Defense Units shot down a combat aircraft of the Armenian air force in the Gubadli direction of the front, according to a press release issued Saturday by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The statement did not provide information on the type of aircraft, but some sources claim that was Su-25 close-support aircraft.

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Furthermore, in a statement Saturday, the Ministry of Defense said that at about 15:25, Azerbaijan Air Defense Units also shoot down an unmanned aerial vehicle of the Armenian armed forces attempted to carry out a flight in the direction of the Aghdere region.

Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Upper Karabakh.

In total, about 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory – including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions – has been under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.

World powers, including Russia, France, and the US, have called for a new and lasting cease-fire. Turkey, meanwhile, has supported Baku’s right to self-defense and demanded the withdrawal of Armenia’s occupying forces.

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