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Russia and Turkey Open Monitoring Center in Artsakh

The center, which both countries agreed to set up in November, was officially opened in the Agdam region by Russia and Turkey. It will be staffed by up to 60 servicemen each from Turkey and Russia, the Turkish defense ministry said in a statement.

After six weeks of war, during which Azerbaijan – backed by the Turkish military – attacked the ethnic Armenian enclave of Artsakh, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a Russia-brokered ceasefire.

The Russian Defense Ministry, quoted by Interfax, said that “monitoring will be carried out through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles as well as the evaluation of data received from other sources”.

Turkey backs Azerbaijan over Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), and has criticised the co-chairs of the OSCE’s so-called Minsk Group for not resolving the long-running conflict in decades of mediation.

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