Although Eğilmez did not provide concrete evidence, a few weeks ago the government-affiliated newspaper Türkiye reported that up to four thousand fighters belonging to the proxy IRGC forces in Iraq and Syria would be sent to Karabakh, and the report was subsequently widely circulated in the Azerbaijani press.
“We first mentioned the terrorist organization VOMA in 2021 and mentioned that it could become a real threat,” Eğilmez said. “Armenia has not abandoned its historical ‘habits’ and has set up this armed terrorist organization with the support of foreign forces. It is headed by Russian citizen Vladimir Vartanov (call sign ‘Agent Vova’), born in 1965. VOMA, which is supported by the terrorist organizations PKK and ASALA, recruits mercenaries from Europe and the Middle East. Recently, it has been supported by Iran as well.”
Savaş Eğilmez recalled that tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan have significantly escalated recently: according to the head of the association, the Tehran regime, which has declared the borders of Armenia its red line and opposes the opening of the Zangezur corridor, began to move its proxies from Syria to Karabakh.
According to Eğilmez, the fighters have been placed together with PKK members and Armenians in the training camp led by terrorist Vazgen Sisilian, a Lebanese Armenian who was involved in the 1981 terrorist attack on the Turkish embassy in Paris.
“Iran, unwilling to tolerate the existence of a strong Azerbaijani state at its northern borders, openly supports Armenia,” says Savaş Eğilmez. “It does not want the Zangezur corridor, which is very important for Türkiye, to be opened and is seriously concerned about the Türkiye-Azerbaijan alliance. Tehran, which was silent when Azerbaijani lands were under occupation, now talks about the territorial integrity of Armenia. We must be careful about this terrorist group at our borders and the Armenia-Iran-RPK alliance, which could become a threat to Türkiye as well.
Translated from Haqqin.az