YEREVAN, September 29. /ARKA/. Russian President Vladimir Putin praised today the joint Russian-Turkish center for monitoring the ceasefire in the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict zone describing it as ‘a serious guarantee of stability in the region’, after he welcomed Turkish President Recep Erdogan in the southern Russian city of Sochi on the Black Sea coast.
“The Russian-Turkish center for monitoring the ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia is actively operating,” Putin was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.
‘This cooperation is a serious guarantee of stability and coordinated position of the parties on further steps aimed at reconciliation,’ he said.
The talks between the leaders of Russia and Turkey are taking place at Putin’s official residence. The Turkish president is accompanied by head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan, Communications Director Fahrttin Altun and Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın.
In addition to bilateral issues, Putin and Erdogan will discuss international politics, including the latest developments in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and the South Caucasus.
On September 27, 2020, Azerbaijani armed forces, backed by Turkey and foreign mercenaries and terrorists, attacked Nagorno-Karabakh along the entire front line using rocket and artillery weapons, heavy armored vehicles, military aircraft and prohibited types of weapons such as cluster bombs and phosphorus weapons.
After 44 days of the war, on November 9, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a statement on the cessation of all hostilities. According to the document, the town of Shushi, the districts of Agdam, Kelbajar and Lachin were handed over to Azerbaijan, with the exception of a 5-kilometer corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia.
A Russian peacekeeping contingent was deployed along the contact line in Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) identified Turkey as a country that sent Syrian jihadists to help Azerbaijan in last year’s conflict with neighboring Armenia.
In a resolution and annexed report that were approved after a heated debate on September 27, 2021, PACE noted that “there is worrying evidence of the use by Azerbaijan, with Turkey’s assistance, of Syrian mercenaries …” It urged Turkey to cooperate fully with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on complaints lodged against Turkey over this action.-0-