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Turkey Cool to Azerbaijan's Request for Extradition of Karabakh Visitors

A group of Turkish leftist activists meet with the de facto foreign minister of Nagorno Karabakh on September 23. (photo: nkr.am)

Azerbaijan has asked Turkey to arrest and extradite four Turkish citizens who visited Nagorno Karabakh last month without Azerbaijani permission.

The case recalls that of Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin, who was extradited from Belarus to Azerbaijan, imprisoned for seven months for the same offense, and released last month. Turkey, however, in spite of being a close ally of Azerbaijan has not shown much inclination to follow Belarus's example.

The Turks, all leftist politicians and activists, visited Karabakh last month in support of better relations between Turkey and Armenia, which remain frozen over the disputed territory, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but now controlled by Armenian forces.

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Turkey Cool to Azerbaijan's Request for Extradition of Karabakh Visitors

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