The recent escalation of violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region has caused much concern. Turkey, a close ally of Azerbaijan, has made it clear that it would go to war with Iran if it intervened against an Azerbaijani invasion of Armenia.
Turkey has strongly supported Azerbaijan in the conflict and provided military support to the country. It has also been accused of sending Syrian mercenaries to fight in the battle, which it denies. Turkey's position on the issue has been to recognise the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been ongoing since the early 1990s. The two countries have been at odds over the status of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is populated mainly by ethnic Armenians. The area has been the source of several armed conflicts and continues to be a source of tension in the region.
The recent escalation of violence has caused much alarm in the region, and many countries have expressed concern. Iran has so far stayed out of the conflict but has stated that it would intervene if Armenia were attacked. Turkey's declaration that it would go to war with Iran if it intervened is a clear sign of its commitment to its ally, Azerbaijan.
The situation in the region is volatile and uncertain, and the risk of a broader conflict is real. Turkey's position is a reminder that it is willing to defend its allies and is ready to go to war if necessary. It remains to be seen how the situation develops, but one thing is sure: Turkey is willing to take a stand.