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Why Erdogan seeks fresh military mandate for Azerbaijan

Turkey’s government has obtained a broad parliamentary mandate for military deployment in Azerbaijan, signaling intentions beyond the joint cease-fire-monitoring center agreed with Russia.
Russian peacekeepers patrol at a checkpoint near Shusha along the Goris-Stepanakert road on November 17, 2020. - The first civilians are driving through the six-kilometre Lachin corridor, which is Armenias sole land link with Nagorno-Karabakh following the Moscow-brokered peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over the disputed region. Safe passage of people and goods is ensured by Russian peacekeepers. (Photo by Andrey BORODULIN / AFP) (Photo by ANDREY BORODULIN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Turkey’s fervent support of its ally Azerbaijan appears to be far from over even after Russia brokered a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia and deployed peacekeepers to monitor the truce in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Late on Nov. 17, the Turkish Parliament authorized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to deploy military forces to Azerbaijan amid Turkish-Russian disagreements on the details of a joint cease-fire-monitoring center to be established in Azerbaijan away from the conflict zone in Nagorno-Karabakh. The one-year mandate entitles the president to decide the time, scope and size of military missions.

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