Equal number of Russian, Turkish personnel to work in center to control ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 1
There will be an equal number of personnel in the joint Russian-Turkish center controlling the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region from each country, Spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov said, Trend reports with reference to TASS.
“The center will be located on the Azerbaijani territory," Konashenkov said. "There will be an equal number of Russian and Turkish personnel in the organizational structure of the joint center."
“More than 34 hectares of terrain, about 12 kilometers of roads have been cleared by engineering groups in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, more than 110 houses and social facilities have been checked, 1,077 explosives have been found and neutralized,” the spokesman added.
Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.
A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.
Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.