Turkey says Russian officials to visit on Nagorno-Karabakh peacekeeping

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said a Russian delegation will visit Turkey on Friday to discuss the peace deal reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan to stop fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“Tactically and technically, it will be discussed who will locate where and who will do what (in Nagorno-Karabakh), Akar told parliament's planning and budget committee on Thursday, according to Anadolu.

"The point we are trying to arrive at is a permanent ceasefire, providing stability, peace and normalisation, opening the borders, spreading prosperity, ensuring that no one violates another's rights," he said.

Turkey declared its firm support of Azerbaijan shortly after clashes erupted on Sept. 27, saying it was ready to do whatever is necessary to eject Armenian separatists from the enclave located within Azerbaijan’s borders.

Russia, which has a security pact with Armenia but also has cultivated warm ties with Azerbaijan, brokered a ceasefire signed early on Tuesday that allows Azerbaijan to keep the territory it captured in Nagorno-Karabakh, including the region’s second city of Shusha, a historical and cultural centre. It also envisages the deployment of Russian peacekeeping troops in the region as observers.