Turkey’s parliament green lights peacekeepers for Karabakh

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By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08819518 A handout still image made available 14 November 2020 by the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry shows Russian military armored vehicles at the Erebuni military airport outside Yerevan, Armenia. Russian officials have said Ankara’s involvement will be limited to the work of the monitoring centre on Azerbaijani soil and Turkish peacekeepers would not go to Nagorno-Karabakh. Armed clashes erupted on 27 September 2020 in the simmering territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory along the contact line of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as Artsakh). Russia have sent tens of military transport planes with Russian peacekeepers and equipment to Armenia to control the ceasefire and the halt of military operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the presence of Turkish troops and, “if needed, civilian personnel from our country, will be to the benefit of the peace and prosperity of the regional people and necessary for our national interests”. EPA-EFE/RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY

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Turkey’s parliament approved the deployment of troops to join Russian forces at an observation post in Nagorno-Karabakh after Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-brokered ceasefire to end fighting over the region. Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is historically an ethnic Armenian region, has been the focal point of the conflict between the two nations. As part of the ceasefire, signed on November 10, the Turkish troops will stay there for one year. EPA-EFE/RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY HANDOUT HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT/BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

A handout still image made available 14 November 2020 by the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry shows Russian military armored vehicles at the Erebuni military airport outside Yerevan, Armenia. Russia have sent tens of military transport planes with Russian peacekeepers and equipment to Armenia to control the ceasefire and the halt of military operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet republics, have been involved in a territorial conflict since they gained independence in the 1990s. Armed clashes erupted on 27 September 2020 in the simmering territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory along the contact line of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as Artsakh). Some 2,000 Russian peacekeeping troops are also deploying to the region.