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Azerbaijan says two Armenian warplanes crashed, dismisses downing allegation

BAKU (Reuters) - An aide to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said on Wednesday that two Armenian Su-25 fighter jets were destroyed on Sept. 29 after crashing into a mountain, and accused Yerevan of lying about one of its planes being shot down.

Armenia posted pictures earlier of the wreckage of a plane it said was a SU-25 warplane shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Tuesday. It named the pilot as Major Valeri Danelin.

Turkey and Azerbaijan have denied the plane was shot down.

“Both planes crashed into a mountain and exploded and were destroyed. This shows the Armenian military leadership is not providing accurate information to its citizens and the public,” presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev said.

Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Mark Trevelyan