Iranian Majles member Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash said in a December 13, 2020 address in the Iranian Majles that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “amateur” actions in the region are enabling Israel to use the Southern Caucasus to threaten Iran’s security. He said that this region is originally Iranian territory and accused Erdoğan of sharing in the blame for assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, including Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Bighash also accused Erdoğan of implementing the West’s policies in the region, calling upon the Turkish people to oppose Erdoğan’s actions. Furthermore, he expressed support of European and American sanctions against Turkey. Bighash’s address was uploaded to tnews.ir, an Iranian website, and was made on the backdrop of Erdoğan’s recent speech in Azerbaijan, in which he recited excerpts from a poem that accused Iran of forcibly separating Turkey and Azerbaijan.