Baku, Azerbaijan – Russia has claimed that mercenaries have been moved from Syria and Libya to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. “Armenia has brought terrorists and mercenaries from foreign countries, especially the Middle East,” Azerbaijan responded.
Alleged foreign terrorist from Russia! Mercenaries in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has suggested that illegal armed groups from Syria and Libya have been sent to the clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Fighters affiliated with outlawed armed groups from outside, including Syria and Libya, are deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh to participate in direct clashes, ” the statement said. We are deeply concerned about this situation,” the statement said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry urged all countries concerned to “prevent the use of foreign terrorists and mercenaries in conflicts.”
From the Ministry of foreign affairs of Azerbaijan for the execution of foreign terrorist groups in the region of conflict in a statement, “the Russian Foreign Ministry’s information and press department concerning the conflict in the region in response to a description of the execution of foreign mercenaries, many times expressed our concerns about the widespread use of such tools, we note by Armenia,” the statement said.
“Armenia brought terrorists and mercenaries from foreign countries, especially the Middle East, during the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions of Azerbaijan and in the acts of attacks against Azerbaijan,” the statement said.
“The fact that Armenia has brought foreign mercenaries to the occupied territories and used them in attacks against Azerbaijan under the name of ‘volunteer groups’ once again shows that terrorism is an integral part of Armenia’s state policy,” he said.
The Armenian-backed administration in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh had accused Turkey of supporting Azerbaijan with warplanes, helicopters, drones, soldiers and mercenaries.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also claimed that Turkey had sent about 300 mercenaries from Syria to Nagorno-Karabakh, and claimed that more than 300 Turkish-backed fighters, most of them from the ‘Sultan Murad’ and ‘Al-Emshad’ factions, had moved from Afrin to Nagorno-Karabakh.
These claims were denied by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry, which rejected the claims, claimed that Armenian mercenaries were withdrawn from the Middle East and brought to Nagorno-Karabakh.
AKP spokesman Omar Celik also denied claims that Turkey is providing weapons to Azerbaijan and sending jihadist groups to the region.