Russia, Turkey to establish monitoring center in Karabakh

The Russian and Turkish defense ministers signed an agreement on Wednesday on the establishment of a joint ceasefire control center in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Iran Press/ Asia: The Russian defense ministry said the joint ceasefire control center would monitor compliance with the truce and provide a solid basis for resolving the long-standing conflicts.

The agreement was signed following video talks between Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar. The document outlines the tasks and principles of the joint monitoring center.

The joint center will be established in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and will collect, generalize and review information on the observance of the ceasefire by the parties as well as other actions contrary to the agreements reached.

In addition, the center is responsible for recording violations of the agreement through the use of visual observation, unmanned aerial vehicle, as well as evaluating data from other sources.

It will also become an institution for dealing with complaints, questions, and problems related to the breaches of agreements.

Shoygu said the presence of Russian peacekeepers will ensure stability in the crisis zone, stop the flow of refugees and facilitate their return to their homes.

According to him, the agreements reached between the leaders of Russia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Armenia, as well as the introduction of Russian peacekeepers, made it possible to stop the bloodshed and provide conditions for a return to a peaceful life.

Earlier, Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow and Ankara would interact on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue through the monitoring center in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

On the night of November 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a declaration of a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been a bone of contention between the Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia since 1988 and led to military conflict in 1992.

Two countries clashed on the border in early October, each blaming the other for the violence.


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