The units of militants deployed by Turkey from Syria are already participating in hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Ambassador to Russia Vardan Toganyan said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
“According to our information, recently about 4,000 militants have been deployed by Turkey from Syria to Azerbaijan. <…> They are trained in militant camps,” he said.
The diplomat added that it is difficult to determine the ethnic composition of these groups.
The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, in turn, said that “people who have arrived from Syria and other countries of the Middle East” are fighting on the side of Armenia.
The Russian Foreign Ministry provided no comment on the information about the participation of Syrian mercenaries in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights hasn’t reported of any militants being moved by Turkey, however, it did report that the Armenian Ministry of Defense was investigating the reports of militants being moved to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh.
It turns out that there are militants, since the Ambassador to Russia claimed it to be so.
The situation on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on the morning of September 27th morning.
The local government of the region said that the Azerbaijani military opened fire on its territory, including the capital, Stepanakert. There are civilian casualties.
Baku and Yerevan blame each other for the escalation. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claims that the Armenian side started the shelling, and the Azerbaijani forces are conducting a counter-offensive operation. The Armenian military say that Karabakh was subjected to air and missile attacks from Azerbaijan.
All participants announced full or partial mobilization. The Russian Foreign Ministry called on the parties to show restraint.
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