Turkey openly supports Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia. This became a fundamentally new external factor in the situation with Nagorno-Karabakh.
This statement by the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin was circulated today by the press bureau of the department..
Ankara's open and unequivocal support for Baku, but Naryshkin's opinion, has a significant impact on the nature of the conflict in the Caucasus.
Besides, the armed confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia attracts, like a magnet, various groups of radicals, first of all, from the Middle East. These people are members of international terrorist organizations. In particular, there is information about the transfer of militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group to the conflict zone (*banned in Russia). The head of the SVR says, that they were transferred to Transcaucasia from Syria.
Besides, representatives of international terrorist armed groups * "Sultan Murad" and "Firkat Hamza" began to appear in the region, as well as Kurdish groups. In this case, we are not talking about isolated cases, but about hundreds and even thousands of radicals.
Naryshkin also noted, that Russia is not indifferent to the fate of the inhabitants of the Transcaucasian states:
A new war in the region is unacceptable for Russia as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. We are also far from indifferent, that in the course of hostilities representatives of friendly Armenian and Azerbaijani peoples die.