A photo released by the Iranian military’s official website on October 1, 2021, shows Iranian army tanks during a military exercise in the country’s northwest, near the Iranian Azerbaijani border AFP
The exercises took place in open areas in northwest Iran, state television said, which showed tanks, howitzers and helicopters firing at targets on the ground.
“We respect good neighborly relations but we do not tolerate the presence of elements of the Zionist (Israeli) regime and Islamic State terrorists in the region,” the commander of the ground forces told state television. , Brigadier General Kioumars Heydari.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev criticized Iran’s war games in an interview published on Monday.
“Each country can carry out any military exercise on its own territory. It is their sovereign right. But why now, and why at our border?” he told Turkish news agency Anadolu.
His comments were refuted by Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.
“The exercises carried out by our country in the border areas of the northwest (…) are a question of sovereignty,” Khatibzadeh said in a statement Tuesday.
Before dawn on Friday, the Iranian embassy complex in Baku was the subject of an “attack,” Ambassador Abbas Mousavi told his country’s official news agency IRNA, without give details.
“The Republic of Azerbaijan identified, arrested and interrogated four people who attacked the Iranian embassy in Baku at midnight,” he said, adding that Tehran had vigorously protested the incident.
Iran and Azerbaijan share a border of approximately 700 kilometers (430 miles).
Ethnic Azeris make up about 10 million of Iran’s 83 million people.
A major arms supplier to Azerbaijan, Israel was the target of diplomatic fire from Armenia during last year’s conflict between neighboring Caucasus