Turkey, Russia to discuss duration of Turkish soldiers' stay in Azerbaijan
Agreements on the construction of a center for monitoring the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh are being implemented. Ankara has sent 60 military personnel to the region, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said.
Now 60 people from our staff are in Azerbaijan. The parties agreed on building the center; it remains to resolve several issues regarding construction and staff accommodation. Our people will work together with the Russians. We will talk with the Russian side about the duration of their stay there, and we will discuss this topic again, the Turkish minister said on the air of the NTV channel.
He added that from 30 to 60 Turkish military personnel, together with Russian peacekeepers, will be involved in monitoring the observance of the ceasefire in the region.
The armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh resumed on September 27. On the night of November 10, the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan, Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, signed a joint statement on the conditions for ending the conflict. According to the peace deal, the two armies remained in their positions while Russia deployed its peacekeepers to the region. Moreover, five districts of Karabakh came under Baku's control. The parties agreed to exchange prisoners and the bodies of those dead.
Overall, 1,960 Russian servicemen, 90 armored personnel carriers, and 380 pieces of equipment are stationed in Karabakh. The core of the contingent is made up of units of the 15th separate motorized rifle brigade (peacekeeping) of the Central Military District. Russian observation posts are set up along the Lachin corridor, which connects Azerbaijan and Armenia.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that 35 wagons with humanitarian aid from Russia had arrived in Karabakh.