Turkey, Azerbaijan Planning Joint Military Cooperation, Turkish Parliament Speaker Says
11:08 GMT 28.07.2021 (Updated: 11:17 GMT 28.07.2021)
BAKU, July 28 (Sputnik) - Turkey and Azerbaijan are planning to hold joint events in the field of military cooperation, Turkish parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop announced on 28 July.
Turkish parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop said on 28 July that he in fact did not mention negotiations with Azerbaijan on creating a joint army, the countries are only holding drills together.
The Azerbaijani Oxu.Az new agency reportedly distributed a false translation of his statement, causing this misunderstanding. In fact, when a reporter asked Sentop whether a joint army would be formed, the parliament speaker noted bilateral drills were being held at this stage.
"We also plan joint events in the military cooperation area. We are working to implement agreements. One nation - two states is our motto. Many negotiations were held and many agreements were reached in this regard," Sentop said.
The announcement was made following the first ever trilateral meeting of Turkish, Azerbaijani and Pakistani parliament speakers.
Turkey has voiced its strong support to Azerbaijan during the latest escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. However, Baku insisted that it had no combat assistance from Ankara or any other foreign country as it was ready to protect its interests on its own.
Azerbaijan also officially refuted reports that Turkey was going to build three air bases on its territory.