Barely two months after winning a war against Armenia, Azerbaijan will take part in large-scale military exercises with Turkey in the latter’s eastern Kars province next month, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said on January 17.
The exercise would be the most comprehensive one, in which the Turkish military is going to flaunt its domestically-produced weaponry and equipment. Tank divisions, cannonries, sniper teams, personnel of the special forces command, helicopters, and commandos will also participate in the Winter 2021 drill.
The 12-day exercise would begin on February 1 and would focus on operational capabilities during the harsh weather conditions in winter. Interestingly, the drills would be conducted just 25 miles away from the Armenian border.
The two armed forces will practice sheltering, maintenance, reinforcement, ground and air assaults, airborne operations, and logistics support.
“Servicemen of the Combined Arms Army will also take part in the Winter Exercises-2021 to be held in the Kars city of the fraternal Turkish Republic,” an Azerbaijani Defense Ministry statement read. The ministry released a video on Sunday showing the departure ceremony of soldiers going for the exercises.
“The units involved in the exercises left the Nakhchivan city to move in the direction of the Sadarak border checkpoint. Our units crossed the Umid Bridge over the Araz River and continued to move towards the Kars city,” it said.
Last year, both the militaries conducted exercises in July and August in the wake of clashes at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. They included artillery, armored vehicles, and mortars striking simulation targets in the capital Baku and the exclave of Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan’s autonomous region bordering Turkey.
A large-scale military conflict broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan on September 27 last year and lasted for more than a month. Nearly 7,000 soldiers, mercenaries, and civilians were killed in the war.
Azerbaijan which won the war retained the areas of Nagorno-Karabakh and all Armenian-occupied territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh ceded back to Baku by December 1. Azerbaijan also received direct land access to its exclave of Nakhchivan via a corridor through Armenia.