In an interview with Al Jazeera, President Aliyev went on to say that once the war is over “perhaps some time later the people of Azerbaijan and Armenia will be able to live together again, in peace”.
Neighboring countries have long been at odds over the mountainous territory – which lies within the borders of Azerbaijan – and fought a war that ended in 1994.
Although the conflict ended in a Russian-brokered ceasefire, military skirmishes between the two sides are not uncommon.
But both Azerbaijan and Turkey have denied the presence of Syrian rebels in the conflict – something Aliyev argued in his interview with Al Jazeera, adamant that no such fighter was in the country.
Aliyev urged French President Emmanuel Macron to provide evidence that Syrian mercenaries were fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, saying, “He made the statements without any evidence. Let me give us the evidence. Let me give us the evidence.”
In a statement released on Saturday, the Armenian Foreign Ministry warned: “Azerbaijan’s political-military leadership will pay a high price for committing such serious crimes against Armenians in Artsakh, for importing terrorists into the region and for undermining regional security “.