Is Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process to be expanded?
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation yesterday discussed the possibility of expanding efforts to maintain the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh together with other countries in the region, according to the Turkish leader's address to Parliament.
"Despite a 30-year delay, Azerbaijan’s flag was raised above Karabakh. Yesterday I discussed the matter [ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh] with Mr Putin. We, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Russia, will ensure peace in the region. But we also have a chance to improve this process," TASS cited Erdogan as saying.
According to him, he also discussed with his Russian counterpart the work on expanding and developing the ceasefire with other countries in the region.
The head of the Turkish state noted: "If we add a fourth or fifth regional country to the three countries, it will be possible to achieve a different state of affairs." At the same time, Erdogan did not specify the inclusion of which countries were being discussed.
On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would remain on the positions they hold and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region. Besides, Armenia and Azerbaijan should carry out the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of those killed. Aghdam region will be returned to Azerbaijan before November 20, Kelbajar region - before November 15, Lachin region - before December 1. Later, Baku gave Yerevan postponement for troops withdrawal from Kelbajar until November 25.