The Turkish-Russian Joint Observation Center, established in the framework of the observance of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, which Azerbaijan liberated from the occupation of Armenia, started its activities.
30.01.2021 – 14:10 PM
Merzil village of Aghdam city was founded near Turkish and Russian soldiers in the common center of the opening of Azerbaijan Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov, Turkish Deputy Minister of National Defense Yunus Emre is located here, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Aleksandr Fomin and other officials attended the meeting.
Speaking at the ceremony where the national anthems of Azerbaijan and Russia and the National Anthem were sung, Zakir Hasanov wished the Turkish and Russian soldiers who will serve at the center success.
Hasanov stated that he is confident that friendly relations will be established between the Turkish and Russian soldiers in the center.
The Deputy Minister of National Defense of Turkey is here, peace and stability in the region, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev pointed out that the result of concerted efforts and achieved wills .
Karaosmanoğlu stated that the joint center will function to monitor the ceasefire, record violations, examine the parties’ complaints and problems, and take measures to prevent violations.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Aleksandr Fomin stated that the joint center will contribute to peace and tranquility in the region and wished the soldiers on duty success.
In the operation launched by the Azerbaijani Army on September 27, 2020, after the liberation of 5 city centers, 4 cities and 286 villages, Armenia accepted defeat on November 10 and signed a declaration promising to evacuate the provinces occupied by Aghdam, Lachin and Kelbajar.
In the declaration, it was decided to establish an observation center in order to increase the efficiency of the control of the parties in the ceasefire.
The MoU on the Turkish-Russian Joint Observation Center was signed between Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu on November 11, 2020.
There are 65 modular housing and service areas in the common center established on a 4-hectare area near the village of Merzili in Aghdam. 60 Turkish and 60 Russian soldiers, including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) personnel, will serve at the joint center.
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On the other hand, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev also made a phone call. During the meeting, it was learned that Erdogan and Aliyev expressed their satisfaction with the opening of the joint center.
The security of the joint center, which also includes a mosque and a church, will be handled by Azerbaijani soldiers.