Media: heads of defense departments of Turkey and Azerbaijan held telephone talks

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ANKARA, October 17. / TASS /. Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held telephone talks on Saturday with Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov, Anadolu agency reported.

"The operation of Azerbaijan in the occupied territory was discussed. Akar congratulated the Azerbaijani army on the liberation of (the city) of Fizuli and the destruction of two Su-25s of Armenia, which attacked settlements," the Turkish state agency said.

The head of the Turkish defense ministry also made a statement that Armenia "continues to commit war crimes, and those who call for a truce and negotiations are watching the attacks from afar."

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan announced the destruction of the country's air defense (air defense) crews of the Su-25 aircraft of the Armenian armed forces. According to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, the plane tried to "strike at the positions of the Azerbaijani army units in the direction of the Jebrail region." The Armenian Defense Ministry denied Baku's statement, calling it another disinformation. "The statement of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry that on October 17 they allegedly shot down a Su-25 aircraft belonging to the Armenian side is yet another misinformation," said Shushan Stepanyan, press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev also said on Saturday that the country's army took control of the city of Fizuli and seven villages in the Fizuli region of Karabakh.

On September 29, the Armenian Defense Ministry reported that a Turkish F-16 fighter shot down a Su-25 of the Armenian Air Force from the territory of Azerbaijan, the pilot was killed. In Ankara, this information was immediately denied, and the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan called it false.

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