December 9, 2023

Troops move up; Armenia warned

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The Milwaukee Sentinel – Sep 4, 1993

Turkey moved more soldiers to the Armenian border Friday and demanded Armenia “immediately and unconditionally” withdraw from occupied parts of Azerbai­jan. Iran, which also borders Azerbaijan, reportedly sent troops into the troubled former Soviet repub­lic.

Turkey, which has competed with Iran for influence in oil-rich Azerbaijan and other Muslim for­mer Soviet republics, appeared to drop initial concern about Iran meddling in the worsening con­tact. Armenia backs the Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave of Christian Arme­nians inside Muslim Azerbaijan. Turkey, a secular Muslim nation, sympathizes with Turkic-speak­ing Azerbaijan, but has stayed out of the war between the two for­mer Soviet republics, fearing in­tervention might lead to a con­frontation with Russia.


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