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Oct 1, 2021
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Iran began military exercises near the borders of Azerbaijan

What causes Iran’s concern – Israel’s activities or the situation in the Armenian Syunik?

The Islamic Republic of Iran is conducting the Conquerors of Khaybar training exercise in the northwestern part of the country, near the Azerbaijani border. The transfer of military equipment and military contingent to the border caused concern in Baku.

Maneuvers using armored vehicles, artillery, electronic warfare systems, drones and helicopters started on October 1, are planned and aimed at checking the combat readiness of troops in the border areas.

The exercises that have begun are not the first military activity of the Iranians in the regions adjacent to Azerbaijan. About a week ago, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pulled a significant amount of offensive military equipment, missile and artillery systems and special operations forces to the banks of the Araks River. This happened after the Azerbaijani military blocked a section of the M-2 interstate highway in the Syunik region of Armenia, which connects it with Iran, and began to stop Iranian trucks, charging them a “road tax”. In addition, Azerbaijanis arrested two Iranian truckers on charges of delivering “illegal cargo” to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Traffic jams on roads blocked by Azerbaijanis in Syunik

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev In an interview with the Turkish Anadolu agency, he made a complaint against Iran in connection with the undeclared exercises of the IRGC, stressing that during the 30 years of Karabakh’s stay under Armenian control, there were no such actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in this area. “For 30 years of our independence, there were no such events … Why were no exercises organized when the Armenians were in Jabrayil, Zangilan and Fizuli? Why is this done after we liberated these lands and ended the 30-year occupation? “ – said the Azerbaijani leader. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan itself, in September alone, twice conducted large-scale military exercises together with Turkey. Aliyev also called the trips of Iranian heavy trucks to Nagorno-Karabakh illegal.

In response, the official representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Said Khatibzade stated that military maneuvers are an internal affair of a reconciled state and are aimed at ensuring peace and stability in the region. He actually accused Azerbaijan of turning the country into a springboard for Israel’s anti-Iranian activities. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will not tolerate the demonstrative presence of the Zionist regime on its borders, and in this regard, it will take all measures that it considers necessary for its national security,” – warned the speaker of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, calling on Baku to be good-neighborly.

Experts believe that the real reason for the demonstration of military force and sharp statements by Tehran is not the Israeli threat, but the actions of Baku on the section of the Kapan-Goris highway in the border zone of Armenia. It is possible that in the event of an escalation of the confrontation, Iran will block the only road that passes through its territory and connects Azerbaijan with its Nakhichevan autonomy.

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