Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks in Sochi with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. One of the topics was the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh after the establishment of truce in the region.
According to the Russian minister, Moscow welcomes Ankara's desire to assist in implementing agreements on Karabakh. Lavrov also drew attention to the solidarity of the Russian Federation and Turkey that the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh should not be used for the appearance of foreign mercenaries there.
Our shared opinion is that the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh should not be used for attempts - whatever side undertakes them - to infiltrate the region by foreign mercenaries. Here we share a unanimous position with our Turkish colleagues, Lavrov said after the talks.
Russia and Turkey confirmed their intention to develop military-technical cooperation. US sanctions should not hamper this. Sergey Lavrov stressed that Moscow appreciates Turkey's strong determination to continue cooperation in this area.
The armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which had smoldered for many years due to a territorial dispute, resumed September 27. Baku launched a counter-offensive. On the night of November 10, the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia, Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on the conditions for ending the armed conflict. Under the terms of the document, the two armies remained in their places. Russia deployed its peacekeepers to the region to monitor compliance with the ceasefire.
On December 27, some media reported on the resumption of hostilities between Armenian and Azerbaijani service members near the Tog village, Hadrut region. In response, the Armenian Ministry of Defense assured that not a single incident with the military of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was recorded in the area.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that Azerbaijan praised the role of Russia and Turkey in Karabakh settlement.