Turkish arms sales to Azerbaijan surged before Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

Turkey’s military exports to its ally Azerbaijan have risen six-fold before fighting broke out over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, according to figures by the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly.

The figures show Azerbaijan bought $123 million in defence and aviation equipment from Turkey this year. Most of the purchases arrived were after July.

The data shows that sales jumped from $278,880 in the month of July to $36 million in the month of August, and $77.1 million in just September. Military sales to Azerbaijan in the first nine months of 2019 totalled $20.7 million.

Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the Soviet Union and have been involved in a territorial conflict since gaining independence within the 1990s. The main issue is the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians.

The fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh began on September 27. Each side has accused the other of targeting civilians. Both sides have rejected talks and ignored growing international calls for a ceasefire.

According to the latest figures, Azerbaijan in September climbed to the top of the list of Turkish arms buyers, followed by Oman and the United States with $63 million each.

News by NewEurope

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