Azerbaijan's president updates Erdogan on talks with Armenia and Russia

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev called his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the operation of the joint monitoring centre with Russia, Aliyev’s office reported

“The heads of state spoke about the launch of the Turkish-Russian Joint Monitoring Center in Aghdam soon, noting that the operation of the Center will contribute to ensuring long-lasting peace,” read the statement. 

Erdogan also took the call as an opportunity to praise the participation of Turkish companies in reconstruction work in the recaptured parts of Nagorno-Karabakh. 

The recent 44-day conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh ended on November 9 with a truce brokered by Russia between Armenia and Azerbaijan. A new round of talks aimed at implementing elements of the deal was held last week in Moscow. The Kremlin released a press statement that said President Vladimir Putin updated Erdogan about the results of the meeting earlier this week. 

Turkey is not a party to the truce but remains Azerbaijan’s most important ally. Turkish military officers are permitted to work alongside their Russian monitoring centre in Aghdam under the deal but are not taking part in peacekeeping activities.