Erdogan on Putin: Nagorno-Karabakh Armistice Step …

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ANKARA – President Turkey Tayyip Erdogan told the President Russia Vladimir Putin that ceasefire agreement Nagorno-Karabakh the right step towards a long-term solution.

Russian peacekeepers were deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday following a ceasefire agreement to end a six-week battle between Azerbaijani and Armenian ethnic groups as well as freeze on territory by Azerbaijan.

Turkey is a close ally of Azerbaijan. During the fighting, Turkey supplied Azerbaijan with weapons so that it was able to reclaim a number of areas controlled by ethnic Armenians.

By telephone, Erdogan told Putin that Turkey would set up a center to observe a joint ceasefire with Russia. (Also read: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia Agree to End the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict)

The location of the ceasefire observation center, according to Erdogan, is on land freed from Armenian occupation, determined by Azerbaijan. (See Infographic: Will Japan’s 30DX Frigate Become Indonesia’s Future Destroyer?)

Erdogan also expressed the importance of opening a corridor between Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan so that Azerbaijanis can return to Karabakh. Nakhchivan was separated from Azerbaijan by Armenia. (See Video: Regarding Habib Rizieq’s Status, This is the Police Explanation)

Azerbaijan tries to reclaim land lost during the war in the 1990s. They hailed the deal as a win.

Turkey’s arms supply and diplomatic support gave Azerbaijan the edge in the war. Azerbaijan succeeded in expanding the territory they controlled in Karabakh.

Russia, which has a defense pact with Armenia and military bases there, appears to have welcomed the deal as a sign that it is still the main broker in the energy-rich South Caucasus.

(sya)

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