France Worries that Turkey is sending mercenaries into Caucasus

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has voiced concern about Turkey supposedly sending Syrian mercenaries to support Azerbaijan in its re-ignited conflict with Armenia over the hill area of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Macron’s office didn’t offer more details concerning the mercenaries.

Turkey has openly endorsed Azerbaijan in the conflict and said it might offer assistance if asked, but refused to send foreign mercenaries or arms into the area.

Heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces continued for a fourth consecutive day on Wednesday at a flare-up of a decades-old battle.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expressed worries over reports regarding”militants from illegal armed groups, particularly by Syria, Libya” being delivered to the battle zone in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The ministry did not clarify which state might have sent the fighters or that nation the fighters might have came, but in a declaration advocated”direction of the nations concerned to take effective steps to protect against the usage of overseas terrorists and mercenaries from the battle.”

Macron stated he and Putin called for unity and restraint upon the need for a concerted effort toward a cease-fire, included in global mediation attempts for Nagorno-Karabakh headed by Russia, France, and the U.S. as a 1994 truce ended there.

The president of Azerbaijan stated Armenia’s withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh was the only state to stop fighting through the separatist land. Armenian officials declared Turkey’s participation in the renewed battle, which Turkey has refused.