Russian FM Lavrov dismisses ‘rumors’ of Turkey planning military base in Azerbaijan

Russian FM Lavrov dismisses ‘rumors’ of Turkey planning military base in Azerbaijan
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[Ed. – It never ends.  Turkey has had a military basing agreement in Qatar since the late Obama administration, and is looking to build up a military presence in Libya with its support to the UN/NATO-recognized Government of National Accord, which is nominally in Tripoli though it has firm control of almost none of Libya.  Russia doesn’t want the idea of Turkey in Azerbaijan to get traction, but the reality is, it already has.]

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dismissed speculation that Turkey could build a military base in Azerbaijan as “rumors.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a visit to Baku this week that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility Ankara could build a military base in Azerbaijan under an agreement he and President Ilham Aliyev signed on June 15.

The so-called Susa Declaration on Allied Relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey calls for stepped-up cooperation between Ankara and Baku in the military sphere. …

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on June 18 that Moscow is closely monitoring developments around a potential Turkish base in Azerbaijan.

Such a move by NATO-member Turkey could require Russia to take steps to ensure its own security and interests.

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