Turkey’s Defense Minister confirms deploying troops to Azerbaijan
A general and another 35 officers of the Turkish armed forces will work in the joint center with Russia for monitoring the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced.
"After the construction is over and the joint center is opened, our general and 35 officers will assume their service," the Anadolu news agency quoted the defense minister as saying.
He also confirmed that the Turkish servicemen who would be involved in the work of the Russian-Turkish monitoring center had already left for Azerbaijan, TASS reported.
The Turkish NTV television channel earlier reported about the dispatch of the republic’s servicemen to Azerbaijan. According to the TV channel, the joint Russian-Turkish monitoring center for Karabakh may start operating in January 2021.
A memorandum on setting up the joint Russian-Turkish center for monitoring the ceasefire in Karabakh was signed on November 11 following the results of the negotiations via a video link between Hulusi Akar and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.