France accuses Turkey of sending Syrian jihadists to Nagorno-Karabakh

Macron said that this “serious new fact” changes the situation.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday accused Turkey of sending Syrian jihadists to Nagorno-Karabakh, which he said is changing the situation.

Turkey, a close ally of Azerbaijan, denies sending mercenaries to take part in the fighting.

“Now we have information that indicates that Syrian fighters from jihadist groups passed through Gaziantep (South-Eastern Turkey) to reach the theater of operations in Nagorno – Karabakh,” Macron told reporters arrival at the EU summit in Brussels. “This is a very serious new fact that changes the situation.”

Earlier on Thursday, the US, France, and Russia called for an immediate ceasefire. The three countries are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, established in 1992 to mediate a peaceful settlement of the conflict over the disputed enclave.

According to a statement from Macron’s press service, he discussed the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation.

“They also noted concerns about Turkey sending Syrian mercenaries to Nagorno-Karabakh,” the report said.