Russian-Turkish joint monitoring center has been founded in Nagorno-Karabakh

The opening of the observation center was agreed last November

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On Saturday, it has been announced that Russia and Turkey opened a joint monitoring center to observe the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, which was reached after a clash erupted in the region last year.

Both sides agreed to establish the center in November. There will be up to 60 personnel from Turkey and Russia, Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said in a statement. Turkish officials expressed that one Turkish general and 38 staff will be sent to work in the monitoring center. Observing will be carried through unmanned aerial vehicles, the Russian Defense Ministry stated.

The Russia-led ceasefire agreement for the enclave, that the international community recognizes as part of Azerbaijan but is populated intensively by ethnic Armenians, had been reached after six weeks of clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

During the clashes, Turkey gave support to Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh and made statements that criticized the Minsk Group for its apathy towards the resolution of the conflict in the region.

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