Erdogan calls on Putin to encourage Armenia to enter negotiations with "good judgment"

On November 7, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called again for the withdrawal of Armenian military forces from Nagorno-Karabakh in a phone call to his Russian counterpart President Vladimir Putin, according to state-run Anadolu Agency. 

The call was focused on recent developments in the ongoing conflict where Russia and Turkey support opposite sides. Mr. Erdoğan pushed Russia as Armenia’s treaty ally to push Yerevan to “sit at the negotiating table with good judgement.” 

After the call during the early morning of Sunday, Azerbaijan’s army entered the town of Shusha on the road between Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital Stepanakert and Armenia proper. Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said after the announcement that November 8 would “go down in the history of the Azerbaijani people” as the day “we returned to Shusha.” 

A separate press statement summarising the call from the Russian side made no explicit mention of Mr. Erdoğan’s request. 

“These contacts were focused on finding options for a quick cessation of hostilities and paving the way to a political settlement,” read the Kremlin’s release.