Russia, Turkey agree on joint center to monitor Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

Russia and Turkey signed an agreement Tuesday on the establishment of a joint center tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

There will be an equal number of personnel in the center from the Russian and Turkish side, and it will be situated in the territory of Azerbaijan, according to the ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

Konashenkov further noted that the Lachin corridor, controlled by the Russian peacekeeping forces, has been handed over to the Azerbaijani side on Tuesday as part of the trilateral deal reached in November by Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

He stressed that all parties currently continue to observe the ceasefire.

A ceasefire deal was signed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 9, in which the three sides agreed on a complete ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone starting from Nov. 10.