A senior U.S. Defense Department official warned against Ankara and Moscow continuing direct military intervention in the current conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh through their support by all means of the two parties to the conflict in the region by "sending mercenaries and weapons and providing intelligence support."
The official who asked not to be named revealed to "Sky News Arabia": "The reports and information that spoke about dozens of trips between Turkey and Azerbaijan in the past days to transport hundreds of Syrian mercenaries are proven and correct."
The official described what is happening now as a "small war with major repercussions," which makes reaching a settlement to the conflict - according to his opinion - almost non-existent, as "neither side will give up."
The official explained that the outbreak of the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region casts its broad implications and security challenges on NATO countries, regional security and international energy markets in the absence of any deterrence strategy that limits the ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
On the other hand, U.S. government sources told Sky News Arabia that members of the U.S. Congress may make proposals in the coming days to hold Erdogan accountable for his policies towards this conflict, and that the idea of imposing sanctions on Ankara may not be excluded.