PARIS/MOSCOW—France accused Turkey on Thursday of sending Syrian mercenaries to fight in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Turkey has denied sending mercenaries to take part in the conflict.
France, Russia, and the United States are co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operations (OSCE) Minsk Group, set up in 1992 to mediate a peaceful resolution over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in the South Caucasus.
“President (Emmanuel) Macron and (Vladimir) Putin agreed on the need for a joint effort to reach a ceasefire in the framework of Minsk,” Macrons office said in a statement after the two leaders spoke by telephone.
“They also shared their concern regarding the sending of Syrian mercenaries by Turkey to Nagorno-Karabakh.”
The French presidency provided no evidence to support the accusation about the mercenaries and the Kremlin statement made no mention of the accusation.
Macron, who has been in a war of words with Turkish President Tayyep Erdogan for months, said on Wednesday Ankara was acting in a “warlike” manner.
Russias foreign ministry said on Wednesday Syrian and Libyan fighters from illegal armed groups were being sent to the Nagorno-Karabakh regions.