No Need for Turkey to Send Peacekeepers on Nagorno-Karabakh: Lavrov

No Turkish peacekeeping missions will be dispatched to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian and foreign media in an interview concerning crucial issues on the international agenda, TASS reported.

“No peacekeeping units of the Turkish Republic will be dispatched to Nagorno-Karabakh. There is a clear provision on that score in the joint statement of the leaders [of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia on complete termination of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh],” he said.

“The boundaries of Turkish observers’ mobility will be limited by the Russian-Turkish center for control over the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh located in Azerbaijan,” Sergey Lavrov said. “The boundaries of Turkish observers’ mobility are limited by those geographic coordinates that will be determined for the location of the Russian-Turkish monitoring center, which is being set up in Azerbaijan, in that part of the territory that is not close to Karabakh and that will be agreed on additionally.”

Russia sees no attempts of disrupting the agreements reached on Nagorno-Karabakh, the top diplomat said. “As yet I don’t see any signs that someone is trying to break these agreements,” Lavrov said.

Russian peacekeepers

Moscow is certain that all parties are interested in Russian peacekeepers’ presence in Nagorno-Karabakh, the foreign minister stated.

“We are fully confident that the parties are interested in the presence of Russian peacekeepers. We made a reservation about the possibility of terminating their mandate, but let’s refrain from making any forecasts now. Let’s support Russian peacekeepers in fulfilling their very difficult and important mandate to make sure that peaceful life reigns in Karabakh, in the entire territory of that entity,” he said.