Azerbaijan, Armenia | Russia: Foreign fighters flock to Nagorno-Karabakh

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Russia claims rebels from Syria and Libya have been sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to fight alongside Azerbaijani forces.

Russia claims rebels from Syria and Libya have been sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to fight alongside Azerbaijani forces.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but is controlled by Armenian separatists. On Sunday, fierce fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the enclave.

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– Deeply concerned

Warriors from illegal armed groups, including from Syria and Libya, are now being sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to take part in the fighting, a statement from Russia’s foreign ministry said.

– We are deeply concerned, it is further stated.

Russia has military bases in Armenia, while Turkey has promised support to Azerbaijan.

Peace talks

An announcement from the Russian Foreign Ministry states that Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has invited the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to peace talks.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde has also been in contact with the parties.

At the turn of the year, Sweden will take over the leadership of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which has been trying to mediate in the conflict for several decades.

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