Moscow/Yerevan/Baku: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has alleged approximately 2,000 soldiers from the Middle East are participating in the ongoing war between the Central Asian nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan. The minister has not made a direct mention of any country in his claim. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin did say he had brought up the matter during talks last weeks with his Turkish counterpart Erdogan, hinting at Turkey’s involvement with the terrorists. Apart from Russia, France, Armenia and several other nations had accused Turkey of sending foreign terrorists in the Armenia-Azerbaijan war but both Turkey and Azerbaijan had rebRussian Foreign Ministeruffed the claims. The matter nevertheless came under the spotlight again after Russian foreign minister’s allegations.
The Armenia-Azerbaijan war is ongoing for over a month now, and all attempts at establishing a ceasefire have failed. Azerbaijan claims to have control of Nagorno-Karabakh and 200 villages from nearby areas. More than 1,200 Armenian soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh have been killed while over 40,000 civilians displaced. The Azeri soldiers have reached the region that connects Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia and intensified attacks since Tuesday. Also, Azerbaijan’s success was found attributed to Turkey’s assistance.
Turkey has provided extensive arms and military assistance to Azerbaijan. Simultaneously, Turkey has also mobilised thousands of militants from the Middle East to Nagorno-Karabakh. Within a few days from the war sparking off, Armenia had alleged participation of Syrian insurgents in the war. France, Russia, the US, Iran and Syria had all followed suit and lambasted Turkey over the issue. Turkey, however, rejected all the claims. On the sidelines of the developments, the Russian foreign minister reiterating the participation of militants in the Armenia-Azerbaijan war assumes much significance. By stating that President Putin had raised the issue during talks with Erdogan, Foreign Minister Lavrov has taken a direct aim at Turkey. At the same time, Lavrov indicated that Russia had taken serious cognisance into the issue of foreign militants.
Armenia has affirmed it had taken into custody few Syrian militants, who were fighting at the behest of Azerbaijan. One detainee created a sensation by admitting that his unit was instructed to kill all Armenians in the village. The militant has also confessed to have reached the region through Turkey and was offered a thousand dollars for the job. An Armenian news outlet claims the terrorist said that a minimum of thousand militants from Syria was present in Azerbaijan, during his confession.
In the meanwhile, Iran has also hinted at attempting a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has even tweeted in this regard. In the tweet, Khamenei says Armenia must return Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan but the security of all Armenians living in the region must also be guaranteed. He further warned of aggressive action against terrorists if they tried to infiltrate into Iran through the area. After that, few Russian media agencies had reported that Russia was trying to establish a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan with Iran’s assistance.