Turkey Turns Peacekeeper by Establishing Military Foothold in the Caucasus

Turkish soldiers in action. Credit: Wikipedia

Turkey and Russia signed an agreement establishing a joint center to monitor the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday morning and the two countries will work together there, said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan’s comments, in a speech to deputies from his ruling AK Party in Parliament, came after Russian peacekeeping troops deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday under a deal that halted six weeks of fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces.

The Turkish president underlined the importance of the creation of a corridor between Azerbaijan’s mainland and its enclave Nakchivan, which sits on the Turkish border.

He also emphasized the importance of Turkish-Russian cooperation to solve regional conflicts and issues, including in the Caucasus and Syria.

Turkey said on Tuesday a deal to end more than a month of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh had secured important gains for its close ally Azerbaijan in the conflict with Armenia.

“The brotherly Azerbaijan has achieved an important gain on the battleground and table. I sincerely congratulate this sacred success,” Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter. “We will continue to be one nation, one spirit with our Azeri brothers.”