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The possible transfer of its troops to Azerbaijan by Turkey is Ankara's sovereign decision. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko told this to reporters Wednesday, in response to a TASS question on whether the Turkish parliament's approval of the order to transfer Turkish troops to Azerbaijan would affect the trilateral agreement—between Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan—on the Nagorno-Karabakh [(Artsakh)] conflict.

"No, it is its [Turkey’s] sovereign decision, which is probably connected with the presence of Turkish troops in the peacekeeping center together with Russian servicemen, who [the Turkish military] will be in charge of the technical monitoring of the situation in connection with the implementation of the agreement," Rudenko he said.

The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved a presidential decree envisaging the transfer of Turkish servicemen to Azerbaijan for a period of one year.

On November 9, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement on a complete cessation of hostilities in and around Artsakh. Accordingly, Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the region to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire and the cessation of hostilities. But this statement also stipulates the handover of part of Artsakh lands to Azerbaijan.

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