Turkey Claimed Its Troops Will Join Russian Peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh. Lavrov Says No Chance.

It's not in the agreement that was signed and is not acceptable to Armenians

No Turkish peacekeeping missions will be dispatched to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian and foreign media in an interview concerning crucial issues on the international agenda.

“No peacekeeping units of the Turkish Republic will be dispatched to Nagorno-Karabakh. There is a clear provision on that score in the joint statement of the leaders [of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia on complete termination of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh],” he said.

The activity of Turkish observers will be restricted to the premises of the Russian-Turkish ceasefire control center being created in Azerbaijan, Sergey Lavrov said.

“The mobility of Turkish monitors will be restricted by the coordinates to be set for the location and deployment of the joint Russian-Turkish monitoring center in the territory of Azerbaijan, that part of it which is not close to Karabakh and is to be agreed on separately.”

Lavrov said he had seen statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar to the effect Turkish peacekeepers would be operating on the same grounds as their Russian counterparts.

“This concerns the center that will be stationary and will operate without sending out any missions. It is true that at this center proper Russian and Turkish specialists will be working on the parity basis,” he said.

The Russian foreign minister stressed that Russian and Turkish defense ministers signed a memorandum on Wednesday.

“The center will be operating in a remote mode, using technical means of monitoring, such as drones, which will allow for keeping an eye on the situation on the ground in Karabakh and determining which side observes the ceasefire and which violates it,” he stated.

Lavrov warned that many critics, including those in Russia, were trying to present the agreements achieved by the three leaders in a distorted fashion. “I feel surprised as I read some comments by armchair critics in this country and in other countries around the world. One should be guided by what is written on paper and what is a result of intensive negotiations that had been conducted for a week before the ceasefire,” Lavrov concluded.


Russia sees no attempts of disrupting the agreements reached on Nagorno-Karabakh, the top diplomat said. “As yet I don’t see any signs that someone is trying to break these agreements,” Lavrov said.

Russia’s top diplomat highlighted the positive effect produced by the achieved agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh. “I’m sure that if we fulfill all that has been agreed on, everyone will win and this will be a win-win situation,” Lavrov said.

“I’m convinced that the Armenian government fully understands its responsibility and is aware that it has signed these agreements in the interests of its people. I’m convinced that the integrity of this agreement will be preserved and it will be fulfilled,” Lavrov noted.

“At least, I see numerous political forces in Armenia which understand what is happening now and draw the right conclusions from this,” the foreign minister said.

Russian peacekeepers

Moscow is certain that all parties are interested in Russian peacekeepers’ presence in Nagorno-Karabakh, the foreign minister stated. “We are fully confident that the parties are interested in the presence of Russian peacekeepers. We made a reservation about the possibility of terminating their mandate, but let’s refrain from making any forecasts now. Let’s support Russian peacekeepers in fulfilling their very difficult and important mandate to make sure that peaceful life reigns in Karabakh, in the entire territory of that entity,” he said.

According to Lavrov, it is essential to ensure respect for the rights of all ethnic and religious groups in the region. “All refugees and displaced persons have the right to return to Karabakh and restore their cultural, religious and civilizational roots. The situation with numerous religious buildings, cathedrals and mosques, many of which are in a deplorable state, is yet to be considered. This, by the way, also applies to religious sites in other parts of the region. The Armenian side has repeatedly raised the issue of the fate of Christian churches in Nakhichevan,” he said.

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 starting from November 10. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would maintain the positions that they had held and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region. Besides, Baku and Yerevan must exchange prisoners and the bodies of those killed.

Source: TASS

  1. Raptar Driver says

    The Russians are close to becoming the 3rd rate power even though their military has been upgraded.
    This is because of a lack of will by the Putin administration.
    He has done his job well, Russia is just strong enough to be a threat but not strong enough to really do anything.

    1. itchyvet says

      WHY, do, people always carry on as if Russia needs to behave as the West does ??? No good comes from any Western actions, so why would Russia copy such behaviour ??

      1. Raptar Driver says

        Protecting your future interests is not copying Western standards.

    2. Padre says

      Wouldn’t that please you!If it were true, you wouldn’t feel the need to point it out so adamant!But, just for the sake of argument, where did Russia not achieve her goals?Only keep in mind,that her goals are very different from those of the West!

      1. Raptar Driver says

        All your types are fools, thinking this is west versus east, this is no such thing!

    3. Séamus Ó Néill says

      I assume by your statement that you believe that the US is a first rate power, I presume their win in Grenada, after 200 years of fighting and losing wars worldwide, was a moral booster….it really was a magnificent win considering Grenada’s defences were about a dozen reserve policemen !

      1. Raptar Driver says

        Your presumption is idiotic.

        1. Séamus Ó Néill says

          Ok, no more idiotic presumptsions, I’ll deal in fact. America has been fighting wars, it created, for about 225 of its 250 years in existence.It only won twice ,Grenada and Panama. This was before the MIC and their “forever” wars so the manifest truth, apparent to everyone, is that the US, as a fighting force, is as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike !

          1. Raptar Driver says

            Well that’s not exactly facts.
            The facts are that we destroyed Mexico, We destroyed Japan With little to no help from anyone.
            America is not as powerful as it presumes however It is not as weak as you presume.

    4. cechas vodobenikov says

      typical self uglified stupified amerikan
      amerikan cowards too insecure to challenge Russia in Venezuela, Cuba, Georgia, Ukraine, Syria…LOL
      USA 30$ trillion debt; Russia vast reserves

      1. Raptar Driver says

        Russia is Surrounded. Your Putin administration allowed this.

        1. Saint Jimmy (Russian American) says

          Yawn. Russia has been surrounded since 1917.

          1. Raptar Driver says

            Not sure about that. Russia has been part of the world government since 1917.

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