Turkey, Azerbaijan Deny Turkish F-16 Fighter Jet Shot Down Armenian SU-25 Plane

Turkeys Defense Ministry has denied that one of its F-16 fighter planes shot down an Armenian SU-25 fighter after the Armenian Defense Ministry made the assertion.

“At about 10:30 on Tuesday Turkish F-16 fighters took from the airbase in Gyandzha to provide support for Azderbaijani forces strikes against the city of Vardenis and the villages of Mets Masrik and Sotk. A Turkish F-16 shot down a Sukhoi-25 of the Armenian Air Force, which was on a combat mission. The Turkish fighter was 60 kilometers (40 miles) inside Azerbaijans air space at an altitude of 8,200 meters (5 miles),” the Armenian Defense Ministry said in a news release on Monday night.

But a spokesperson for Turkeys president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, denied the allegation.

Armenia should withdraw from territories under its occupation instead of resorting to these cheap propaganda tricks,” the Turkish presidencys office said in a statement to news outlets.

Tensions escalated over the Nagorno-Karabakh region starting on Sept. 27, with military clashes ensuing over the disputed territory. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have implemented martial law and declared mobilization of forces.

Azerbaijans Defense Ministry also denied that a Turkish F-16 jet has shot down an Armenian warplane, reported Reuters.

An ethnic Armenian soldier fires an artillery piece 2
An ethnic Armenian soldier fires an artillery piece 2
An ethnic Armenian soldier fires an artillery piece during fighting with Azerbaijans forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in this handout picture released on Sept. 29, 2020. (Defense Ministry of Armenia/Handout via Reuters)

Defense Ministry spokesperson Colonel Vagif Dargahli said that Azerbaijan has no F-16 planes in its arsenal.

“The information of the Armenian side that the F-16 fighter belonging to the Azerbaijani Air Force was allegedly shot down is a lie and is provocative in nature. We declare that there are no F-16 fighters in the arsenal of the Azerbaijan Air Force, and we remind the Armenian side that it is impossible to destroy what doesnt exist,” Dargahli said, according to the Azer NewRead More – Source

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