Armenian envoy says Turkey sent 4,000 Syrian fighters to Azerbaijan amid fighting: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Armenia’s ambassador to Russia said on Monday that Turkey had sent around 4,000 fighters from northern Syria to Azerbaijan amid fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Interfax news agency reported.

The ambassador said the fighters were taking part in fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region inside Azerbaijan that is run by ethnic Armenians, the RIA news agency reported.

Armenian and Azeri forces exchanged fierce fire for a second day on Monday over the region, with both sides accusing each other of using heavy artillery.

Turkey is a close ally of Azerbaijan.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Catherine Evans