Smoke at the scene of the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. October 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Stringer

04 November 2020, 12:16

Russian MFA estimates the number of mercenaries in Karabakh conflict zone

The number of mercenaries from the Middle East countries in the Karabakh conflict zone has approached 2000, Sergey Lavrov, the head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), has stated.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the parties to the conflict had announced the presence of militants from the Middle East in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Nagorno-Karabakh has posted a video, in which a prisoner of war identified himself as a mercenary trained in Turkey. Azerbaijan has treated this video as a falsification; and Khikmet Gadjiev, an assistant to the Azerbaijani president, has stated that militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party are fighting on the side of Armenia.

For more news on the Karabakh conflict escalation, see: 'Karabakh: a Good War Or a Bad Peace' section.

Minister Lavrov has noted in his interview with the "Kommersant" newspaper that Russia does not support any military solution to the conflict "of the two nations traditionally friendly to Russia."

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 3, 2020 at 09:54 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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