French President Emmanuel Macron announced at a meeting of the European Union that 300 Syrian mercenaries were sent from Syria to Baku to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh, the area of conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Macron said that the Syrian fighters who were recognized are members of a jihadist organization who travelled from Aleppo and arrived in Baku via the Turkish port of Gaziantep. The Turkish government, which supports Azerbaijan in the armed conflict with Armenia, denied the reports on the Syrian fighters who arrived in Baku.
CNN also reported that Syrians arrived in the capital of Azerbaijan to participate in the fighting, and that a Syrian fighter admitted that he was hired for the mission. The European Union and Russia's representative at the UN called on the sides to stop fighting and declare a cease-fire in the conflict zone.