Turkey and Russia will do their best for sustainable peace in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Tuesday.
Speaking during a joint press conference with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Çavuşoğlu said: “Turkey-Russia joint center in the region will soon be active. We will also intensify efforts to normalize ties with Armenia.”
Both ministers said they paid priority to the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement while discussing the international agenda.
“We welcome Ankara’s desire to help the parties to the conflict fulfill their obligations. In particular, within the framework of the agreement signed by the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan, and the prime minister of Armenia on Nov. 9, as well as within the framework of the Russian-Turkish joint center for monitoring the implementation of cease-fire obligations,” Lavrov said.
Çavuşoğlu also called recent U.S. sanctions on Turkey illegitimate and against the country’s sovereign rights.