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Potential Joint Russian-Turkish Monitoring Center For Nagorno-Karabakh, No Turkish Peacekeepers To Be Deployed

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Potential Joint Russian-Turkish Monitoring Center For Nagorno-Karabakh, No Turkish Peacekeepers To Be Deployed

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On November 10, the Russian and Turkish defense ministries will sign a special agreement on the establishment of a joint monitoring center for the observance of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, an unnamed diplomatic source told Interfax.

The work of the monitoring corps is regulated by the fifth point of the joint statement of the heads of state of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia.

Earlier, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that a joint peacekeeping mission of Russia and Turkey would work in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Aliyev said there would be joint peacekeeping patrols, and so on, with soldiers from Turkey also taking part, but they are, in fact, not. Turkish specialists will likely take part in this “joint monitoring center” and that appears to be all of it.

The Kremlin said that the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan did not agree on the deployment of Turkish military in Karabakh.

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, gave an interview to the radio station “Echo Moskvi” and underlined the following in regard to the peace deal for Nagorno-Karabakh:

  • The statement on the end of the war in Karabakh, signed by the three heads of state – Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan, will be published in the near future.
  • Further steps on the incident with the Russian helicopter shot by Baku in Armenia will be determined after investigation.
  • The issue of the status of Karabakh is defined in the statement of Putin, Pashinyan, Aliyev.
  • The ceasefire plan in Karabakh is being implemented in accordance with Russia’s call to resolve the conflict through political means.

The helicopter issue took place on November 9th, and Azerbaijan apologized for the incident.

It said that its forces shot down a Russian helicopter near its border with Armenia by accident, expressing apologies to Moscow and readiness to pay compensation.

“The Azerbaijani side offers an apology to the Russian side in connection with this tragic incident,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday, adding the move was an accident and “not aimed against” Moscow.

It came shortly after Russia said one of its Mi-24 helicopters was downed in Armenia, killing two servicemen and wounding another.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the helicopter was hit by a man-portable air-defence system and launched an investigation to determine who was responsible for the act.

Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said the helicopter flew at a low altitude during hours of darkness and close to the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“Helicopters of the Russian air force had not been previously sighted in the area,” it added.

Azerbaijan said its forces decided to open fire due to heightened tensions amid intense fighting with Armenian forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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