U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the massive United States Navy ship the USS Hershel “Woody” Williams will be based at a joint U.S.-Greek base -- a move which experts said could serve as Washington’s eagerness to reduce American military reliance on Turkey.
İbrahim Kalın, spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has criticized U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over his comments that Turkey should stay out of the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict. “Would you ask Armenia to end the occupation too? Or would you simply cave in to the smear campaigns of the Armenian lobby?” Kalın asked in a tweet addressing Biden.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Russia doesn't approve of Turkey's statements declaring support for Azerbaijan amid hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. "Of course, we do not support such statements, we do not agree with them," the Kremlin spokesman said, reiterating his recent words that "there is no need to add fuel to the fire."
Turkey and Greek Cyprus, sharply at odds over rights in the Mediterranean, made competing claims on Sept. 30 for support from the European Union. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey expected the EU to continue the positive momentum gained from diplomatic efforts to establish dialogue with Greece, while Greek Cyprus - a bloc member - called for solidarity and action against Ankara.
Armenia posted pictures on an online government platform on Sept. 30 of the wreckage of a plane it said was a SU-25 warplane shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Sept 29. An aide to Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said on the same day that two Armenian SU-25 fighter jets were destroyed on Sept. 29 after crashing into a mountain, and accused Yerevan of lying about one of its planes being shot down.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sept. 30 Turkey's "warlike" rhetoric was encouraging Azerbaijan to reconquer Nagorno-Karabakh and that was unacceptable. "France remains extremely concerned by the warlike messages Turkey had in the last hours, which essentially remove any of Azerbaijan's inhibitions in reconquering Nagorno-Karabakh. And that we won't accept," Macron said.
Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun denied Yerevan's claims that a Turkish F-16 shot down an Armenian SU-25 fighter jet on Sept. 29. The Armenian Defense Ministry said earlier that the SU-25 warplane was over Armenian territory and the pilot was killed as a result.
Syrian rebel militants have signed up to work for a private Turkish security company as border guards in Azerbaijan, several volunteers in Idlib told The Guardian. Both the Armenian government and Russian media have alleged that up to 4,000 Syrian men are already present in Nagorno-Karabakh, claims which have been denied by Baku as “nonsense."
Four Turkish political parties on Sept. 28 unanimously condemned what they saw as the Armenian attack on Azerbaijan. Turkey supports Azerbaijan’s right to self-defense to ensure its territorial integrity, a joint statement said.
The New York Times reported on Sept. 28 that Trump Towers Istanbul has netted U.S. President Donald Trump $1 million in 2016 and 2017. Trump has long had business ties in and with Turkey, the most visible example being the Trump Towers Istanbul, which licenses the Trump name.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on Armenia to "immediately end the occupation" of disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but is run by ethnic Armenians. Erdoğan said the Minsk group - which is led by Russia, France and the United States and mediates between Armenia and Azerbaijan - had failed to solve the issue for almost 30 years.
Armenia accused Turkey on Sept. 28 of providing direct military support for Azerbaijan. According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Turkish military experts "are fighting side by side" with Azerbaijan, which it said was also using Turkish weapons including drones and warplanes.
Turkish prosecutors have prepared a second indictment in connection with the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. The indictment against the six suspects, including two consulate workers and four other Saudi nationals, was sent to the court to be combined with the main case.
Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has said that Turkey ees a European Union summit this week as an opportunity to reset relations between them, but the bloc must produce specific proposals and a timetable to work on a roadmap together. "It must be a mutual process. If Turkey is expected to do X, Y, Z, EU countries must fulfil their responsibilities as well," Kalın said.
American reality TV celebrity Kim Kardashian West on Sept. 27 called on the United States to warn Turkey to stop sending arms and fighters to Baku amid the clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Kardashian said that “Armenia has been the victim of unprovoked attacks by Azerbaijan," claiming that the attacks are accompanied by a “predictable disinformation campaign."