Russia will cooperate with Turkey in peacekeeping measures in Nagorno-Karabakh through an observation center in Azerbaijan, Kremlin spokesperson Dimitriy Peskov said Wednesday, after a series of talks between the two countries’ officials.
Peskov noted that they will soon set up the center in Azerbaijan and that a joint deployment of Turkish and Russian troops in the Nagorno-Karabakh area was not discussed.
"The deployment of Turkish soldiers in Karabakh has not been agreed upon," Peskov said in comments carried by TASS.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in a speech broadcasted earlier on Tuesday that Azerbaijan would set up a peacekeeping center with "Russian and Turkish soldiers on duty." He said Turkey would play a role in monitoring the cease-fire.
On Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkish forces would be in Azerbaijan alongside Russian forces for observation and supervision, in areas determined by the Azerbaijani government.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have reached a historic peace deal to end the decadeslong conflict in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, in a move seen as a victory for Baku and a defeat for Yerevan, as celebrations and protests followed the announcement of the deal in the respective countries.
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