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Syrian jihadist fighters deployed by Turkey in Nagorno Karabakh, denounces E. Macron

(B2) At the end of his press conference at the European Council, which has just ended (at 1 a.m.), Emmanuel Macron fired red balls at his Turkish counterpart, accused of stoking the fire in the conflict in the Haut Karabakh. An accusation which is not made at random but on the basis of information validated by French intelligence

E. Macron at the European Council (flow: EUCO - selection B2)

An Aleppo - Gaziantep - Baku trajectory

« 300 fighters left Syria to reach Baku [in Azerbaijan] via Gaziantep [in Turkey] “says the French president. " A information based on our own information. "" These fighters are known, traced, identified. They come from jihadist groups that operate in the Aleppo region [in Syria]. [...] And other contingents are preparing, roughly of the same size. »

Information shared with Russia

« We shared this information with the Russians. And the Russian side makes the same analysis as us. It is very dangerous for the security of the region and of Russia to end up with terrorist fighters ". It is important to have a demanding discussion » with Turkey for « solve this problem as soon as possible. For it adds to the topic of Nagorno Karabagh ».

NATO allies must open their eyes

For the host of the Élysée, " the red line is crossed by Ankara. It is " unacceptable ". It is necessary " absolutely have a dialogue of truth with Turkey ". " I invite all of NATO's partners to face up to the behavior of a NATO member ". As co-chairman of the Minsk Group, the French president intends to call on Turkish President RT Erdogan in “ the next few days " to ask " explinations on these facts.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, at the European Council via Zoom!)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).