Macron said he had evidence that ‘militants’ had traveled from the Turkish city of Gaziantep on their way to the conflict in the Caucasus.
Macron said he has evidence that fighters have traveled from the Turkish city of Gaziantep, where about 130 people have died in fierce clashes over the years, for the conflict in the South Caucasus.
Macron called for a summit with EU leaders in Brussels, “We have information today that indicates with certainty that Syrian combatants from jihadist groups access the theater of operation in Nagorno-Karabakh via Gaziontep went.”
“This is a very new development,” Macron said, adding that he agrees with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump. [they] Think about this situation and make all the necessary conclusions. ”
Armenia has accused Turkey of hiring it to repatriate its ally, Azerbaijan, and on Monday the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Ankara had sent at least 300 proxies from northern Syria.
Turkey has promised to support Azerbaijan by all means, but has so far denied direct involvement in the conflict.
Macron this week condemned Turkey’s “reckless and dangerous” statements supporting Azerbaijan.
Claims of Turkey’s involvement in the conflict set to color Thursday’s EU summit in Brussels, which is expected to cover Blaq’s ties with Ankara as Greece and Cyprus over their disputed eastern Mediterranean waters Push for a hard line against the enemy.
Russia’s foreign ministry said in a separate statement that it was claimed that mercenaries sent from Libya and Syria were involved in the fighting over the disputed territory.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that the presence of such “illegal armed units” would pose a long-term security risk to all nearby countries.
France, Russia and the United States are the co-chairs of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk group, which was established in 1992 to mediate decades-old conflict on the mountain enclave.
On Thursday, he appealed for peace, as the death toll rose in the heaviest skirmishes around Nagorno-Karabakh – part of Azerbaijan during the 1990s, but was mostly driven by ethnic Armenian residents.
The joint French, Russian and American statement stated, “We call for an immediate stop to hostilities between the respective military forces.”
He urged the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan to commit “in good talks and without prerequisites, without delay in resuming solid negotiations” under what is called the Minsk process.
Recent battles have raised concerns that the flare-up may escalate into an all-out war, as combatants look to regional powers Turkey, which supports Baku, and Russia, which maintains a military base in Armenia for support.