Ömer Çelik, the spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), slammed on Monday the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for voicing allegations that Turkey sent jihadists from Syria to Azerbaijan.
CHP Vice Chairman Ünal Çeviköz said during a TV programme that a group of Syrian fighters from Turkey-backed factions have arrived in Azerbaijan on Sunday evening.
Armenia’s ambassador to Russia also said that Turkey had sent around 4,000 fighters from northern Syria to Azerbaijan and that they were taking part in the fighting.
“This statement is an immoral provocation against Turkey,” Çelik said.
“Our nation will most correctly evaluate the support of the CHP administration to Armenia’s words,” Çelik said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, AKP Group Deputy Chair Bülent Turan labelled the CHP as “unnational”.
“Did the CHP become a party of Armenia?” Turan said.
An aide to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev denied the claims that Turkey had sent fighters from Syria to Azerbaijan amid fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Rumours of militants from Syria allegedly being redeployed to Azerbaijan is another provocation by the Armenian side and complete nonsense,” Khikmet Gadzhiev said.
Two fighters from Turkish-backed rebel groups in northern Syria also told Reuters that they were being deployed to Azerbaijan. Reuters said it could not independently verify their accounts.