US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented on the words of French President Emmanuel Macron about the transfer of Islamist militants from the Syrian province of Aleppo to Nagorno-Karabakh through Turkey, linked to the terrorist organization Islamic State *, banned in Russia.
“I saw these messages too. In fact, that’s all I can say at the moment. Hopefully it isn’t. We saw how Syrian militants were transferred from Syria to Libya. It increased instability, created more unrest, more conflict, more fighting, less peace. I think it will do the same with the conflict in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. So I hope that these data will turn out to be incorrect, “- quotes the words of the chief of American diplomacy TASS.
“You should ask [Turkish President Tayyip] Erdogan <…>, but our point of view is quite consistent. <…> This is a long-standing conflict <…>. When these tensions increase <…>, [if] third parties deliver ammunition, weapons systems, <…> you complicate the situation, you increase the risk of loss of life and reduce the possibility of peace. So we called on <…> everyone just not to interfere in this, except through calls for a ceasefire and dialogue as a way to restore order and peace. <…> Of course, we conveyed this to the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as to the Turks, ”the US Secretary of State added.
Meanwhile, the press service of the United States Department of State announced that Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker will visit Turkey on Saturday.
The American Foreign Ministry clarified that a State Department official will visit Ankara and Istanbul from October 3 to 5. “Ricoeur will meet with Turkish colleagues to develop US relations with our NATO ally, as well as to discuss the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus,” the ministry said.
Recall that on Wednesday the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed deep concern over the transfer of Syrian and Libyan militants to the conflict zone in Nagorno-Karabakh in order to directly participate in hostilities.
On Thursday, Macron confirmed information about the transfer of militants of jihadist groups from Syria to Karabakh. He later clarified that more than 300 Syrian “Islamist militants, previously taken out of the Aleppo region, have been transferred through the Turkish Gaziantep to the conflict zone in Nagorno-Karabakh (to participate in hostilities on the side of Azerbaijan).” The French leader called this data “a confirmed fact.”
On Friday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Turkey of sending several thousand mercenaries from Syria to Karabakh. On the same day, Pashinyan discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The Prime Minister of Armenia also spoke with the President of France, stressing the inadmissibility of the involvement of foreign terrorists in hostilities.
Let us remind you that the aggravation of the conflict in Karabakh began on Sunday. Participants in the conflict reported that there were casualties and injuries on both sides, including civilians.
The Presidents of Russia, the United States and France, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron, called for an immediate end to hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh.