The presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan, held telephone talks on Thursday, February 18, during which they discussed the work of the Russian-Turkish monitoring center for the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. This was reported by TASS, citing the office of the Turkish leader.
The report noted that the heads of state talked about regional issues and steps to be taken to develop relations between Moscow and Ankara.
Erdogan indicated during the phone conversation that the joint center in the Aghdam region had successfully begun work to monitor the observance of the ceasefire in Karabakh. He also pointed to the need to “make joint efforts on all issues to maintain the ceasefire” in the region, the office of the Turkish leader said.
Putin and Erdogan also discussed the Karabakh settlement “in the context of the implementation of the agreements recorded in the statements of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia of November 9, 2020, and January 11, 2021,” according to the Kremlin press service. The statement said that “it is meant to coordinate the actions of Russia and Turkey for the socio-economic development of the region.”
In addition, the press service said that the two leaders raised the topic of cooperation in the fight against the pandemic coronavirus. The politicians considered prospects for increasing cooperation in countering the spread of COVID-19, “including the possible supply and organization of production of Russian vaccines in Turkey.
Earlier, Azerbaijan announced the launch of the Russian-Turkish monitoring center in Karabakh.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, 2020.
On November 9, the heads of Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan adopted a joint statement on a cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting November 10. Russian peacekeepers were sent to the Karabakh region.
Under the agreement, the Agdam district came under Azerbaijani control on November 20, the Kelbajar district on November 15, and the Lachin district on December 1.