No Turkish peacekeepers to be sent to Nagorno-Karabakh: Lavrov

No Turkish peacekeeping missions will be dispatched to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian and foreign media in an interview concerning crucial issues on the international agenda.

Iran PressEurope: "No peacekeeping units of the Republic of Turkey will be dispatched to Nagorno-Karabakh. There is a clear provision on that score in the joint statement of the leaders [of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia on complete termination of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh]," he said.

Also on Thursday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the involvement of Ankara is impossible without approval from Yerevan and Baku.

"We are still coming from understanding that Russian servicemen will be peacekeepers who are already deployed to the line of the contact zone between the parties," Peskov explained. "Meanwhile, cooperation with the Turkish military will be conducted in the framework of the monitoring center which will be located in Azerbaijan."

When asked if Russia is ready to agree to the deployment of Turkish peacekeepers in the region, he said that "this topic was not discussed."

"This cannot be a topic for discussion only between Moscow and Ankara. Armenia and Azerbaijan… should agree to it," Peskov noted, adding that "there were no such agreements."

Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September 27th with intense battles in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. On November 9th, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting from November 10.

On November 11, Russia and Turkey agreed to create the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire monitoring center. The memorandum was signed following videoconference talks between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar.


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