İrem UZUN -TDO- Azerbaijan has held a military parade to mark the country's declared victory over Armenia in a recent war over the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region that ended with a Moscow-brokered truce that handed back several parts of the region to Baku. The agreement took place exactly a month ago and put an end to six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh.
More than 3,000 soldiers took part in the parade on Thursday, and dozens of military vehicles drove through Baku. A flyover of helicopters and fighter planes completed the event. Turkey's Bayraktar TB2 armed drones were exhibited as well. While armed vehicles and weapons the army captured from Armenian forces were on display, fighter jets and helicopters also took part in the celebration. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a key ally in the conflict, presided over the parade devoted to what is officially described in Azerbaijan as the Victory in the Patriotic War, held at Baku's central Azadliq (Liberty) Square.
In his speech, Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s continued support to Azerbaijan, saying that “as long as Turkey and Azerbaijan work hand in glove, they will continue to overcome all difficulties and run from one success to the next.” Erdogan voiced hope that Armenia would take lessons from its defeat and noted that Turkey was ready to reopen the border with Armenia if it takes unspecified positive steps. "It’s not that we want to keep our doors closed to Armenia.
We have no enmity with the people of Armenia. Our problem is with the Armenian leadership,” he said.