Turkey has sent about 4,000 fighters from northern Syria to Azerbaijan to join battles for the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The ambassador of Armenia to Russia said this on Monday, according to Interfax news agency.
The ambassador said the fighters are already participating in the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan’s breakaway region dominated by ethnic Armenians. Turkey is a close ally of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan immediately contradicted the report. “Rumors of militants from Syria allegedly being relocated to Azerbaijan is another provocation on the Armenian side and utter nonsense,” said an aide to Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev.
Armenian and Azerbaijani forces fought for the region for the second day on Monday, with both sides accusing each other of using heavy artillery.
The clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the worst since 2016, have sparked concerns about stability in the South Caucasus. The area is an essential corridor for pipelines that bring oil and gas to world markets.