The Washington Post reported that at least 52 Syrian mercenaries were killed during the battles in Nagorno Karabakh region.
The US newspaper reported that the bodies of the Syrian fighters were delivered earlier this month to their relatives on the Syrian-Turkish border.
The newspaper quoted these relatives as saying that “the dead were mercenaries who were recruited by the Turkish-backed armed formations in Syria to participate in the battles against Armenia alongside Azerbaijan”.
They testified that the pro-Turkish Syrian fighters were promised monthly salaries and traveled to Azerbaijan from southern Turkey.
The US Wall Street Journal had published an article earlier, in which it reported the transfer of hundreds of militants linked to Turkey from Syria to the conflict zone in Nagorno Karabakh.
On the other hand, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied, on Wednesday, that his country had sent fighters from the Syrian opposition to Azerbaijan.
In addition, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on October 2, on the sidelines of the European Union summit in Brussels, that more than 300 Syrian Islamists had been transported via Gaziantep, Turkey to the conflict zone in Karabakh, but Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev denied this information and demanded Paris with apologies.
In the same context, the Russian Defense Ministry expressed on Tuesday its concern about the information regarding the transfer of fighters belonging to terrorist groups from the Middle East to the conflict zone in Nagorno Karabakh, pointing out that the Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, conveyed this concern to his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akkar, during a phone conversation took place between them on Monday.