Turkey will have an observer role in the Russian forces deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh

Since the announcement of peace treaty imposed by Moscow on Armenia and Azerbaijan in the context of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Ankara has stepped up initiatives to appear as being at the heart of the solution, alongside Russia. And the Turkish authorities have repeated that Turkey would participate in the deployed interposition force to secure the peace agreement, and prevent the belligerents from taking up arms again, as was the case so many times during previous ceasefires.

However, Moscow intends to keep Ankara tight in this matter, and not to allow the Turkish authorities to impose themselves as Moscow's main interlocutor in this conflict. Indeed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov made it clear during a press conference that Turkish involvement in this treaty would be limited to that of an observer, and that'no Turkish troops would set foot on Nagorno-Karabakh soil. There is therefore no question, as the Turkish authorities suggested, of a Turkish-Russian co-management of the dossier, or of joint military patrols, as is the case in northern Syria.

As soon as the peace treaty was signed, Moscow sent some of the 2000 “peacekeepers” to secure the de facto borders along the line of engagement between Azeri and Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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