President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is 'trying to reinstate the Turkish empire' with 'terrorist attacks' supporting Azerbaijan in Karabakh, Armenia's Prime Minister has claimed.
Nikol Pashinyan said the actions of Turkey and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region formed part of the continuation of Armenian genocide.
More than 300 have now died in the renewed fighting in and around the mountain enclave, which under international law belongs to Azerbaijan but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.
Azerbaijan says Azeri cities outside the conflict zone have also been attacked in the deadliest fighting in more than 25 years, taking the fighting closer to territory from which pipelines carry Azeri gas and oil to Europe.
'What we are facing is an Azeri-Turkish international terroristic attack,' Pashinyan said today.
'To me there is no doubt that this is a policy of continuing the Armenian genocide and a policy of reinstating the Turkish empire.'
The Armenian genocide refers to the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused Turkey of 'international terrorism' in its support for Azerbaijan in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Pashinyan claimed Turkey had a policy of continuing the Armenian genocide and was trying to reinstate its empire
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has changed the dynamic of the international response to the conflict by taking a more active role. Previously, Russia was the main player, which along with the UK, US and France, is a guarantor of the 1994 ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One.
However, it contests the figures and denies that the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide.
The fresh clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan broke out on September 27, re-igniting a decades-old conflict between the ex-Soviet neighbours over Karabakh and drawing in powerful regional players Russia and Turkey.
Karabakh, a region within Azerbaijan, has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since a full-scale separatist conflict ended in 1994.
Some 30,000 people were killed and one million more displaced.
Since the September flare up, neither side has shown any sign of backing down.
Both sides seem to be ignoring international calls for a ceasefire and a return to long-stalled negotiations on the region.
Pashinyan also accused Turkey of 'encouraging and