Syrian fighters have been sent by Turkey to Azerbaijan in its ongoing conflict with Armenia, according to several reports and statements by Russia, France and Armenia.
French President Emmanuel Macron, as the latest country weighing in on the subject, said on Thursday that Turkey had been deploying Syrian mercenaries to Nagorno-Karabakh to support Azerbaijan.
“According to the confirmed information we have, Syrian fighters affiliated with jihadist groups passed through Gaziantep and joined the front in Karabakh,” Macron said.
The French president, who has been in a war of words with his Turkish counterpart for months, said on Wednesday that Turkey was acting in a “warlike” manner.
Lindsey Snell, an investigative journalist, was first to report the deployment of members of Turkish-backed self-proclaimed Syrian National Army, via her tweet message the umbrella organisation of rebel groups previously known as the Free Syrian Army.
“From Hamza Division source. Supposedly these Hamza men arrived in Baku today via Ankara,” Snell said on Twitter on Sept. 22.