Turkish-Russian monitoring center in Karabakh has stopped activities

The joint Turkish-Russian monitoring center created by the Agdam district of Azerbaijan at the end of the Second Karabakh war based on the Memorandum of November 11, 2020, signed between Turkey and Russia, completed its mission.

April 26, the closing ceremony of the center was held.

The event was attended by the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan Kerim Veliev, Deputy Head of the General Staff of the Russian Ministry of Defense Sergey Istrakov, Head of the General Staff of the Turkish of the Turkish, Lane Ergun, commander of the Turkish Armed Forces in Azerbaijan Bakhtiyar Ersai, commander of the peacekeeping contingent of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces. Turkish Ambassador to Baku Jahit Bagdzhi and Russian ambassador to Baku Mikhail Evdokimov.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kerim Veliev noted that the Turkish-Russian joint center made a great contribution to the world.

Veliev thanked the military personnel serving in the center.

He recalled that Azerbaijan completely established his sovereignty in Karabakh, and the Armenian troops were withdrawn from the region. Veliev emphasized that the task of the Turkish-Russian joint center was completed.

Sergey Istrakov noted that the joint Russian-Turkish monitoring center in Agdam has been an example of successful cooperation between the military three countries for three years. “All assigned tasks were solved by colleagues from Russia and Turkey in a business and friendly environment,” he said.

According to Lavent Ergun, the Turkish and Russian military involved in the center successfully fulfilled their duties, carrying out their tasks based on mutual respect.

He illuminated that the center ensured the implementation of uninterrupted monitoring of the ceasefire to reach the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. He added that the determination of Turkey and Russia to ensure peace and stability in the region was met with appreciation from world public opinion.

Lane Ergun expressed gratitude to all military personnel of the Turkish-Russian joint center.

Musical and dance groups were held as part of the ceremony.

A joint Turkish-Russian monitoring center began to work in Agdam on January 30, 2021 in order to control the observance of the ceasefire in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

On April 17, Assistant President Azerbaijan Hikmet Gadzhiev said that the leadership of Azerbaijan and Russia decided to early withdrawal of the Russian peacekeeping contingent from Karabakh. On the same day, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov officially confirmed the beginning of the withdrawal of the peacekeeping contingent from Karabakh.