Turkey, Russia begin monitoring Karabakh ceasefire

A joint Turkish and Russian observation centre monitoring a cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region started operations on Saturday, Euronews Turkish reported.

The centre, agreed upon by both countries in November, is located in the Agdam region of Azerbaijan and will be staffed by up to 60 servicemen each from Turkey and from Russia, it cited the Azeri defence ministry as saying.

Russia in November brokered a ceasefire for Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but mainly populated by ethnic Armenians, following six weeks of fighting between the two sides that began in September.

Turkey on Friday announced that oneTurkish general and 38 personnel would work at the centre.

Ankara threw its full support behind Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, criticising the co-chairs of the OSCE’s so-called Minsk Group - led by the United States, France and Russia - for failing to resolve the conflict despite decades of mediation.