Macron condemns Turkey’s ‘bellicose’ statements on Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the "ruthless and risky" remarks of Turkey on Wednesday, in favor of Azerbaijan in its attempt to take over Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway zone.

Ankara said it was "totally able" on Tuesday to help Azerbaijan restore Nagorno-Karabakh as the area was exacerbated by violent conflict with neighboring Armenia.

Macron told reporters in the Latvian Capital of Riga during a visit to the Baltic EU, "I've seen the political declarations of Turkey that I think are irresponsible and risky."

"France remains highly worried about the bellicose remarks made in Turkey in the last few hours, in which Azerbaijan's inhibitions in what will be the stabilization of North Karabakh were effectively eliminated.

It was also a message of endorsing Yerevan: "I claim that France will play its part for Armenia and the Armenians."

But Macron also claimed the international crisis was too early to comment about.

On Wednesday evening, he stated that, before submitting to the European Council of EU representatives, he would address the strains with the Russian president Vladimir Putin and the President of the United States Donald Trump.

In the territorial war over Nagorno Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked up for decades. They accuse each other for their heated altercation on Sunday and have since caused almost 100 deaths reported.

The United Nations asks for an end to war

So far, both parties have challenged demands for a truce.

Ankara helped Azerbaijan during the war, with the Turkish F-16 plane operating in support of the Baku powers shot down a small Armenian SU 25 military aircraft on Tueday. Ankara told the Armenian Defense Ministry.

The argument was refuted fiercely by Ankara.

After three days of hard combat between the Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno Karabakh, overt Turkish military intervention against Armenia will be a big move up in this.

And the United Nations Security Council called for an urgent stop to these wars from all sides.

Russia has even called on Turkey to avoid declaring help and to move for an escalation political settlement which would have been the deadliest since 2016, since it sees Azerbaijan as a near friend and Armenia as its historical adversary.

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The European Union warned the regional governments on Monday not to intervene in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and denounced the "extreme escalation" affecting regional peace.

(AFP's FRANCE 24)

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