Turkish and Russian defense chiefs discuss Karabakh

Turkish and Russian defense chiefs discuss Karabakh

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar discussed the peace deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the latest situation in Syria in a phone call, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

According to a ministry statement, Akar and Sergey Shoigu exchanged views on the issues, Anadolu Agency reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced early Tuesday that the two former Soviet republics have signed an agreement to end the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hailed the agreement as a victory for his country, saying Baku's military success enabled it to gain an upper hand to end the three-decade-long occupation of its territory. The Turkish leadership also welcomed the truce, terming it a "great victory" for Azerbaijan.