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Turkey, Russia strike deal to monitor truce in Karabakh region

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Turkey and Russia have agreed to monitor a truce over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave from a joint peacekeeping center, the Turkish defense ministry said on Tuesday.

The deal came after talks between Turkish and Russian officials as to how the two regional powers would implement a Moscow-brokered ceasefire signed in November between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The two countries concluded the technical details for setting up the joint center and had signed an agreement, the defense ministry said in a statement.

The ministry tweeted that the necessary work was underway to get the center operational as soon as possible, reminding that on November 11 a memorandum of understanding had been signed via video conference by the Turkish and Russian defense ministers, Hulusi Akar and Sergey Shoigu.

The Turkish Parliament on Nov. 17 approved a presidential motion that sought permission for the deployment of Turkish troops in Azerbaijan.

The Turkish troops will be responsible for monitoring the ceasefire agreement that followed six weeks of intense fighting between the two countries.

The motion, which is valid for one year, leaves it to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to determine the number of troops to be sent.

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