The presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed Nagorno-Karabakh, including in the context of the activities of the Russian-Turkish Center for Controlling the Ceasefire, the Kremlin press service reported.
“The issues of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement were also touched upon, including in the context of the activities of the Russian-Turkish Center for Controlling the Ceasefire and all hostilities in the conflict zone”, – the message says.
At the end of September 2020, hostilities resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of the long-term conflict and led to casualties among the civilian population. The parties made several attempts to conclude a truce, but the tripartite agreement reached on the night of November 10 turned out to be successful. With the mediation of Moscow, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to completely cease fire and exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead. Yerevan also handed over Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam districts to Baku. In addition, Russian peacekeepers are stationed in the region.
At the same time, on January 30, the Joint Russian-Turkish Center for Control over the Ceasefire and All Military Operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Zone began work on the territory of Azerbaijan.
The center was opened in accordance with a memorandum signed by the heads of the defense departments of Russia and Turkey on November 11, 2020. The center’s specialists will collect, summarize and verify information on the observance of the ceasefire regime and on actions that violate the agreements reached by the parties. The control will be carried out through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as the assessment of data obtained from other sources.Ukraine resumed imports of Russian electricity