“Some people tell us you sent Syrian fighters there,” Erdogan stressed during a speech in Ankara. We do not have such intentions (…) they have a lot to do in their country, they will not go “to Nagorno Karabakh.”
Many countries and observers confirmed in recent weeks that Syrian fighters are taking part in the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh, where the Armenian majority is.
French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that “militants from Syria were deployed in Karabakh.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the non-governmental organization that relies on Syrian sources, also confirmed that dozens of Syrian fighters loyal to Turkey have been killed in this area since last month.
Turkey, which has carried out several military operations in northern Syria since 2016, is training and arming Syrian factions. In February, Erdogan confirmed the presence of Syrian fighters in Libya in support of the Tripoli government.
Erdogan denied doing so in Nagorny Karabakh, stressing that Turkey Willing to provide any kind of support to Azerbaijan. He condemned the arrival of quantities of weapons from France and Russia.
Since the end of September, battles between Azerbaijani forces and Yerevan-backed separatist fighters have been taking place in Nagorno Karabakh. This led to more than 600 deaths, but the true toll may be much higher.
A ceasefire sponsored by Russia was supposed to enter into force at noon on Saturday, for a prisoner and body exchange process, but it was not respected.
The Nagorno Karabakh region, which has an Armenian majority, separated from Azerbaijan after a war that left thirty thousand people dead in the nineties of the last century. The battles currently underway are the most dangerous since the ceasefire declared in 1994.
After thirty years of diplomatic stalemate, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev pledged to regain control of the region by force if necessary.
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