After Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and both leaders agreed to boost the number of monitors in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region and discuss concrete measures that would speed up the negotiating process, experts have said that while a deal would aid the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations, it is still too soon to expect any significant diplomatic breakthrough over the disputed region. Although the release of the joint statement did not provide any details on the number for monitors or a deployment deadline, there are currently six unarmed observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the region.Commenting on the recently held meeting and the agreement, Emre Erşen from Marmara University in Istanbul said that while a peaceful solution could positively affect Turkish-Armenian relations, "it is not realistic to expect a sudden improvement in relations between Ankara and Yerevan even if a final settlement is reached regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh problem." Echoing Erşen's remarks, a senior associate at the Carnegie Europe Thomas de Waal said that "the meeting in St. Petersburg delivered only modest results." Oktay Tanrısever, an expert on Russia and Central Asia, said that such an agreement would have a positive effect on Turkish-Armenian relations, but with the caveat that they are far from reaching a permanent solution.
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