Militants from Syria being deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh - Assad tells RIA

Aftermath of recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Stepanakert October 4, 2020. David Ghahramanyan/NKR InfoCenter/PAN Photo/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said militants from Syria were being deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh, speaking in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency published on Tuesday.

“Damascus can confirm this,” Assad said.

Turkey and Azerbaijan have denied allegations from France, Russia and Iran that Ankara is sending Syrian mercenaries to take part in the fighting that broke out on Sept. 27.

Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alison Williams