Putin: Azerbaijan to choose place for monitoring center

08:58, 18 November 2020
Putin: Azerbaijan to choose place for monitoring center Photo: Ilya Pitalev/RIA Novosti

The Azerbaijani authorities will themselves determine the place where the ceasefire control center in the Nagorno Karabakh region will be located, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

The politician noted that the center would be located on the sovereign territory of the state. This means that the Azerbaijani authorities have the right to decide on their own, TASS reports.

Obviously, it will be located on Azerbaijan’s sovereign territory. The country has the right to make a decision on its own, where it deems appropriate to place it, Putin stressed.

He also said that the status of Nagorno-Karabakh would be determined later, at the moment the status quo is preserved. He noted that the adopted ceasefire agreement would help normalize the situation in the future. According to official figures alone, more than 4,000 people died during the hostilities, although Putin himself believes that there were more victims.

The politician noted that according to international law, Nagorno-Karabakh has always been a part of Azerbaijan. In this regard, Russia couldn’t intervene in the conflict on this territory within the CSTO.

On the night of November 10, Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan adopted a joint statement on ending the conflict in Karabakh. Under the terms of the agreement, Azerbaijani and Armenian troops would remain in their positions, and the parties would start exchanging war prisoners and bodies of those dead. Russia would deploy its peacekeepers in Karabakh to monitor the ceasefire. The statement sparked protests in Yerevan, with the opposition demanding Pashinyan’s resignation.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that Putin said Armenia’s position hindered efforts to end the Karabakh war in October.