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 Path to Peace in the South Caucasus – Part Two

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Geopolitical Competition

The momentum in the peace process has been undoubtedly generated by the intensifying geopolitical competition brought about by events in Ukraine.

Recently there has been the 2 October meeting in Geneva between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, the 5 October meeting in Prague between President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia, the 14 October 2022 meeting in Astana between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the Sochi meeting between the heads of both states presided over by the Russian President on 31 October.

Significantly, the meetings have taken place under the auspices of international states on both sides of the geopolitical divide, with the President of Russia still mediating the main process but with events facilitated by the President of the European Council, and supported by the US Secretary of State and the U.S. National Security Advisor augmenting (or competing with?) the process.

Before Sochi, the last time the Armenian and Azerbaijani heads of state and Putin had met was on November 26, 2021 to discuss the realisation of the November 10, 2020, and January 11, 2021, Trilateral statements. At that time, Russia was holding a tight grip over the Armenia–Azerbaijan negotiation process, and it seemed that no one could challenge the Russian position which had been gained by Putin’s successful management of the ending of the War in November 2020.

However, since then, came the Russian Special Military Operation in Ukraine and the West has seized its chance to recover influence in the process lost by the years of failure by the OSCE Minsk group. The European Union, and recently the US, have re-engaged in active involvement in the Armenia–Azerbaijan negotiations. European Council President Charles Michel has organised 4 Armenia–Azerbaijan summits in Brussels (December 2021, April, May and August 2022). The next talks in this format are preliminarily scheduled to take place in Brussels later this month.

The U.S. entered the process in mid-September 2022, bringing Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers to New York and the Secretary of the Armenian Security Council and top foreign policy aide to President Aliyev to the White House in late September 2022. As a result of the EU and the U.S. mediation efforts, the sides approved the Prague statement on October 6, 2022, which recognised mutual territorial integrity, reinforcing the UN Charter and Alma-Ata declaration of 1991 (The UN Charter established the principle of territorial integrity of states, while the Alma-Ata protocols stated that communist-era administrative boundaries became state borders after the Soviet Union’s collapse).

Simultaneously, the U.S. ambitiously proposed a signing of an Armenia-Azerbaijan peace treaty by the end of 2022. According to the Secretary of the Armenian Security Council, Armenia and Azerbaijan had agreed to sign a peace agreement and finish the border delimitation process by the end of the year during September 27, 2022, meeting in the White House. 

The active re-involvement of the U.S. in Armenia–Azerbaijan negotiations while generating competition that has injected momentum into the process has also the potential to bring the South Caucasus peace process within the framework of the U.S.–Russia geopolitical confrontation.

The renewed U.S. involvement in the South Caucasus has undoubtedly concerned the Kremlin which believes that the primary goal of the U.S. is to use influence over the Armenia–Azerbaijan peace agreement to push Russian peacekeepers out of the remaining Armenian rump of Karabakh as a part of a global strategy against Russian interests. The Russian logic is that if Armenia and Azerbaijan were to sign a peace treaty, Azerbaijan would be influenced not to extend the mandate of the Russian peacekeepers beyond the initial five-year term, which ends in November 2025. Moscow is concerned that an Armenia–Azerbaijan peace treaty and withdrawal of the Russian peacekeepers from Karabakh would be the first step to push Russia out of the region and increase Western influence in the South Caucasus, on the borderlands of the Russian Federation. 

The West would undoubtedly like to encourage the demand for the withdrawal of the Russian military base and border troops from Armenia itself. But to achieve this it would have to bring about the normalisation of relations between Armenia and Turkiye. President Erdogan has reiterated that Turkiye would normalize its relations with Armenia immediately after the signature of an Armenia–Azerbaijan peace treaty.

Within Armenia itself, some political forces and intellectuals are already demanding the withdrawal of the Russian military base at Gyumri from Armenia and argue that Armenia should leave the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The normalization of Armenia–Azerbaijan and Armenia–Turkey relations will undoubtedly strengthen these pro-Western voices in Yerevan. In August, Azerbaijani military action forced the handing back of the Lachin corridor between Armenia and Karabakh to Azerbaijan. This demonstrated to the Armenians that the Russians were not prepared to militarily intervene on their behalf and sounded alarm bells in Yerevan and among the Armenians of Karabakh, who see the Russians as their guarantors of security. These alarm bells rang again in September when Azerbaijani forces crossed the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan in some places after a military confrontation with Yerevan’s forces.

The most important thing about the September military escalation for Yerevan was who stopped it. The war of 2020 was stopped by Moscow and its ending carefully managed by the Kremlin. But in September the Armenians certainly believe that calls from Washington to Baku were sufficient in rescuing them from defeat while the Russians stood idly by.

The West’s diplomatic offensive in the South Caucasus reached its peak at the European Political Community summit held in Prague in early October, where the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders met in person and agreed to allow an EU observer mission to the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. This was something that would have been difficult to imagine a few months ago, before the events in Ukraine. Yerevan’s decision to involve the European Union in the border delimitation process on the ground, and the EU’s agreement to do so, was probably the immediate cause of Moscow’s dissatisfaction with what it perceived to be an EU attempt to enhance its role from a facilitator of the peace process to one akin to that of a mediator, like Russia. Azerbaijan has subsequently blocked the EU observers from appearing on its side of the border.

The most striking statement to come out of this summit, however, was the aforementioned declaration that the signing of a peace treaty between Azerbaijan and Armenia was expected by the end of the year.

In late October, Moscow attempted to regain the initiative which was being wrested from it by Washington and the EU. The Russian President hosted the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Sochi.

The Sochi statement itself tends to suggest this was a kind of holding operation. There was still some momentum in the Russian peace process. But nothing looked like it had changed. The major importance of it was the things that were omitted from the statement. Pashinyan’s wanting a reference to the future “status” or future negotiations on “status” were not in the statement. And certain territorial gains Azerbaijan has made, which Pashinyan wanted the Russians to reverse, were not overturned or even referred to in the statement. So, the most significant thing about the statement is what was not in the statement.

At Sochi, President Aliyev made it clear that the question of special “status” for the Armenian-populated parts of mountainous Karabakh was not on the table. He emphasized to Yerevan that Azerbaijan will only sign a peace treaty with Armenia if that treaty fixes the existence of all of Karabakh as an integral territorial administrative unit of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan again rejected any ethnic-based Armenian autonomy for Karabakh.

The Armenians were concerned that Washington was ready to support this position if it forced a Russian retreat from the region.

Some Armenian sources have suggested that the primary Moscow goal in the Sochi summit of October 31 was not to achieve a breakthrough in Armenia–Azerbaijan negotiations but to prevent the signature of a potential US-mediated peace agreement. This argument suggests that the Kremlin is satisfied with the current status quo with Karabakh being a de jure part of Azerbaijan but part of it remaining de facto controlled by Russia and its peacekeeping presence. The best case scenario for Russia, it is argued, would be to extend this situation for at least another 5 years after 2025 to maintain leverage over all parties. The Kremlin would then be able to use the absence of a peace settlement as justification for its continued military presence in the region.

On the other hand, a peace agreement would undermine the basis of the Russian military presence. Putin made the remark to Prime Minister Pashinyan that if he wished to sign an agreement with President Aliyev he could – but he would be taking his chances with the West if he did and, in that event, there would no longer be “Russian protection”. That was probably designed to concentrate Armenian minds on the value of the Russian presence.

On 27 October, when asked a question by a journalist at the Valdai Club, Putin answered by saying that there were now two competing peace plans: One was represented by a Washington plan recognising “Azerbaijan’s sovereignty over Karabakh as a whole”. The second was the Russian plan which recognised the complexities of Karabakh, taking account of the Armenian presence as well as Azerbaijan’s sovereignty.

This was undoubtedly Putin’s play to Yerevan in providing a carrot along with the stick, to maintain Armenia’s adherence to the Russian peace plan, lest they be tempted away by Nancy Pelosi, Washington and the EU into a new Promised Land of Western milk and honey. 

A few days before the Sochi summit, Pashinyan said he was ready and willing to sign a document in Sochi that would extend the Russian peacekeepers’ mandate by up to 20 years. However, the Sochi statement did not extend the mandate, currently set to expire in 2025.

Certainly, if Russia’s primary goal during the Sochi summit was to obstruct progress it succeeded. It was shown that Armenia and Azerbaijan could not agree on an extensive joint statement because of disagreements. President Putin was able to present the argument that if Armenia and Azerbaijan could not agree on an extensive statement, how could they ever agree on a final peace agreement? Both Armenia and Azerbaijan confirmed the significant role of the Russian peacekeepers and agreed not to use force or the threat of force in the future. The Sochi summit, therefore, succeeded in obstructing any hopes Washington had in detaching either Armenia or Azerbaijan or both, at present from the Russian process.

After Sochi Edmon Marukyan, Yerevan’s Ambassador-at-large said that Armenia’s negotiators were “satisfied” with the Sochi summit because it showed that two competing peace tracks — a Western one and a Russian one — are not “contradictory.” This was very much in line with Armenia’s policy of riding 4 horses at once – US, France, Russia and Iran – waiting to see which horse delivers the best deal for them. However, the fact that these 4 horses are riding off in different directions will surely make this policy unsustainable and hazardous.

Some pro-Western observers have suggested that Baku should jump at the Western offer and embrace the Washington peace process as an alternative to the Kremlin’s. But Baku is wise to express caution at “Greeks bearing gifts”. For one thing, any such move would drive Yerevan firmly toward Moscow and the protection of Russian power. The Azerbaijan Government would be wary of Western Governments, particularly those of the US and France, with their influential Armenian diasporas and interest groups, presenting themselves as “honest brokers” when they have been pro-Armenian before, during and after the wars over Karabakh.

The Azerbaijani experience of the OSCE from 1994-2020 would not have engendered confidence in Baku in the objectiveness of Western diplomacy. The historical experience of the 1920s, when the Western Governments abandoned the Azerbaijan Republic to the Red Army also could not be forgotten. A year or two earlier Russia was down and out and on its knees, with Britain in control of the South Caucasus. By 1920 Russia was back in the region for a further 70 years. Predictions of Russian disaster should always be treated with a pinch of salt by any statesmen who have to deal with the reality of power in the region!

Another possible platform for the peace process is emerging in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), where, as SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming said in March 2022, the granting of observer status to Azerbaijan and Armenia is now being actively discussed. The 3+3 regional formula proposed by the Azerbaijani and Turkish Presidents remains relevant too. This format could bring Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia together with Iran, Russia, and Türkiye in order to deal with regional issues. At present this proposal is handicapped by Georgia’s reluctance to participate within such a format due to its unresolved territorial disputes with Russia over the two breakaway entities, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, that unilaterally declared their independence from Georgia in 2008.

The hedging Armenian policy, and the West’s toleration of Yerevan’s links with Russia and Iran, which would not be intolerable in relation to other countries, makes Azerbaijan’s position a difficult one. It can only pursue a principled position in relation to Moscow and Washington and react to Yerevan’s opportunistic choice when it comes. All this resembles a game of Chess on the South Caucasus chessboard.

The first part of the Path to Peace in the South Caucasus report was published on November 21, 2022. 

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Iran has made it clear that it’s closely watching the situation and won’t accept any geopolitical changes on its doorstep. 

Over the last few days, the authorities of Baku and Yerevan traded accusations of trying to initiate new major military escalations. Videos and photos circulating on social media indicated that the accusations may be rooted in reality as both countries have moved to reinforce their troops along the border. 

In parallel, the leaders of Baku and Yerevan started discrete diplomatic campaigns to win over regional and international heavyweights in apparent anticipation of a major escalation of tensions. 

Iran is closely following the developments as they unfold. 

On Saturday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi received a phone call from Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan as part of the Armenian premier’s diplomatic push to fend off a potential war with Azerbaijan. 

For context, the Republic of Azerbaijan has been calling for the establishment of a corridor called “Zangezour” that links the exclave of Nakhchivan to mainland Azerbaijan ever since it won the 2020 Karabakh war. 

The corridor, if established, would cut off Iran’s access to Armenia, potentially depriving Iran of an alternative route to Europe. Iran has made it crystal clear that it won’t accept this geopolitical change all while highlighting the need for maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

But it seems that Iran’s continued calls for peace and security have fallen on deaf ears in Baku and Ankara, which are clearly trying to impose new geopolitical realities. 

President Raisi once again reiterated Iran’s firm position regarding the situation in the South Caucasus region. 

Responding to a report about the situation in the region presented by Pashinyan, Raisi reiterated the serious opposition of the Islamic Republic of Iran to any tension and changes in the historical borders of the region, according to a readout by the official website of the Iranian presidency. 

Raisi emphasized the readiness of Iran as a powerful neighbor to play an effective role in preventing new conflicts and any changes in the geopolitics of the region.

Announcing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s support for the territorial integrity of all countries in the region, President Raisi said, “We believe that regional issues should be resolved through dialogue between the countries of the region, and we are seriously opposed to the involvement of foreign countries in the Caucasus region’s issues. Iran is ready to play its role to help resolve issues through diplomatic talks.”

In another part of this telephone conversation, President Raisi expressed his satisfaction with the report of the Prime Minister of Armenia on the favorable progress of economic cooperation and the implementation of the agreements and the readiness of our country to further develop economic and commercial interactions and accelerate the implementation of agreements with Armenia.

In this telephone conversation, Pashinyan, while presenting a detailed report on the latest developments in the South Caucasus region as well as the field developments in the Caucasus, stated, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always played an effective and constructive role in establishing, maintaining and strengthening peace, stability, and security in the region.”

While appreciating the positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Caucasus region, the Prime Minister of Armenia also presented a report on the latest status of economic cooperation between the two countries, as well as the measures taken to accelerate the implementation of the agreements reached during his visit to Tehran last year.

Simultaneously, an Iranian military delegation met on Saturday with Zakir Hasanov, the defense minister of Azerbaijan in Baku. 

The two sides discussed security issues in the region, according to Fars News.

The timing of the meeting suggests that the Iranian delegation might have conveyed a message from Iran regarding the prospect of new escalations between Baku and Yerevan. 

Iran has offered help to achieve peace and security in the South Caucasus region through diplomatic means. But it also said it cannot accept any use of force in the region to dictate new geopolitical realities. It remains to be seen whether Baku and Yerevan heeded the Iranian calls. 

By Sadegh Fereydounabadi

First published in Tehran Times

The Lachin Corridor remains closed until now but could reopen as Azerbaijan reassesses its position following hints that Armenia could accept Russian aid through an alternative route that crosses Azerbaijan.

On condition that leaders of Nagorno-Karabakh accept aid from Azerbaijan and not only from Armenia, the Azeri government agreed to reopen the Lanchin corridor linking Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh, according to information citing a senior Azerbaijani official in POLITICO on Saturday. 

Yerevan, Baku agree to reopen Lachin Corridorposted at 07:37:42 UTC via Mehrnews English
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Iran closely watching South Caucasus regionposted at 14:58:46 UTC via en.mehrnews.com
In what appeared to be a warning to Azerbaijan, President Raisi said Iran is ready to prevent any changes in regional geopolitics. 

UN Security Council convenes emergency meeting on Artsakh … – Armenian Weeklyposted at 12:19:58 UTC via “Wagner group in Armenia” – Google News
UN Security Council convenes emergency meeting on Artsakh …  Armenian Weekly

Azerbaijan could reopen Lachin Corridor on certain conditionposted at 12:10:07 UTC via english.almayadeen.net

  • By Al Mayadeen English
  • Source: Politico
  • Today 11:34
  • Activists block a road from Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, to Azerbaijani Aghdam demanding the reopening of the blockaded Lachin Corridor linking Karabakh to Armenia on July 18, 2023. (AFP) Activists block a road from Stepanakert, the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, to Azerbaijani Aghdam demanding the reopening of the blockaded Lachin Corridor linking Karabakh to Armenia on July 18, 2023. (AFP)

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Geopolitical Competition The momentum in the peace process has been undoubtedly generated by the intensifying geopolitical competition brought about by events in Ukraine. Recently there has been the 2 October meeting in Geneva between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, the 5 October meeting in Prague between President Ilham Aliyev of…
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Iran has made it clear that it’s closely watching the situation and won’t accept any geopolitical changes on its doorstep.  Over the last few days, the authorities of Baku and Yerevan traded accusations of trying to initiate new major military escalations. Videos and photos circulating on social media indicated that the accusations may be rooted in…
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UN Security Council convenes emergency meeting on Artsakh …  Armenian Weekly

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Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi spoke Saturday, as tensions escalated on Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan. Pashinyan and Raisi discussed issues including the blockade of the Lachin corridor leading to the Nagorno-Karabakh region by Azerbaijan, and the buildup of the Azerbaijani military around the disputed…
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Azerbaijan denies deal reached to reopen Karabakh-Armenia road  KDAL
 
2 killed, 4 wounded in renewed Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes | Daily Sabah  Daily Sabah
 

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is ready to hold urgent talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to reduce tension on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, Azernews reports.

The illegal activity under the false pretext of “presidential elections” by the puppet regime created as a result of the occupation by Armenia is a gross violation of the Constitution and legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as norms and principles of international law, Azernews reports, citing the statement of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

The food convoy sent from Baku for the Armenian residents of Garabagh has been on the Aghdam-Khankendi road for twelve days already, Azernews reports.

According to the joint cooperation memorandum of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society and the Russian Red Cross Society at the initiative of the Russian government, the Russian Red Cross Society sent a TIR loaded with food and non-food products to meet the needs of the Armenian minority living in Azerbaijan’s Garabagh economic region, Azernews reports.

On September 9, the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov received the delegation of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, led by Major General Mohammad Ahadi visiting Azerbaijan to participate in the meeting of the Azerbaijan-Iran Joint Commission, Azernews reports, citing Defense Ministry.

Moldova does not recognise the so-called “presidential elections” in Garabagh as contradicting the norms and fundamental principles of international law, Azernews reports.

Reza Deghati’s exhibition in France presents photos dedicated to Azerbaijan. Exhibitions of famous photojournalist Reza Deghati continue in the regions of France, Azernews reports, citing Day.az.

“Azerbaijan did not received a proposal from the Armenian government to hold urgent talks with President Ilham Aliyev” Hikmet Hajiyev, assistant to the Azerbaijani president and head of the foreign policy department of the presidential administration, told Reuters on Saturday, Azernews reports.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has condemned the holding of the so-called “presidential election” which took place on 9 September in the territory of Karabakh (Republic of Azerbaijan), Azernews reports.

21:10, 9 September 2023 STEPANAKERT, SEPTEMBER 9, ARMENPRESS. Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) authorities announced Saturday that Russian aid will be delivered through the Aghdam road and that at the same time an agreement has been reached to restore humanitarian transit along Lachin Corridor. “The Russian government has initiated the provision of…
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09:32, 30 August 2023 YEREVAN, AUGUST 30, ARMENPRESS. A French humanitarian convoy for Nagorno-Karabakh is en route to the Armenian village of Kornidzor where the entrance to the Lachin Corridor is located. Previously sent aid convoys have been blocked by Azeri border guards at an illegal checkpoint.  Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo is personally…
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Ukraine’s deputy defense minister said Kyiv’s forces had recaptured the village of Urozhaine, a small step in its grinding campaign to break through Russian defenses in the south.
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(Reuters) -Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said on Saturday that Armenian forces had fired on its troops overnight, and that Azerbaijan army units took “retaliatory measures”.It said Armenian units opened small arms fire on Azerbaijani soldiers in Sadarak in the north of Nakhchivan, an exclave of Azerbaijan that borders Armenia, Turkey and Iran.The…
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Injuries, flight disruption in Moscow after new Ukraine drone attacks  Arab NewsThe post Injuries, flight disruption in Moscow after new Ukraine drone attacks – Arab News first appeared on The South Caucasus News.
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Mon, 10th Jul 2023 Article tags EnergyPoliticsRegulationEuropeGlobalCountry Analysis Azerbaijan’s gas exports to the EU have risen significantly since 2021. However, Azerbaijan’s pledge to double gas flows to the bloc by 2027 will remain constrained by infrastructure capacity and rising domestic consumption.Russian imports have…
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Turkey-allied Azerbaijan is seeking dominance over Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh and two key land corridors. Russia and Iran may stand in the way. A man near Yerevan on September 26, 2021, mourns a relative killed in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war that ended with Armenia’s defeat against Azerbaijan. © Getty Images × The conflicts highlight…
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Turkey-allied Azerbaijan is seeking dominance over Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh and two key land corridors. Russia and Iran may stand in the way. A man near Yerevan on September 26, 2021, mourns a relative killed in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war that ended with Armenia’s defeat against Azerbaijan. © Getty Images × The conflicts highlight…
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Baku, September 9, AZERTACAzerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov has held a telephone conversation with US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Yuri Kim. During the telephone conversation, the sides discussed the latest situation in the region.Minister Jeyhun Bayramov underscored that the increasing…
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A telephone conversation took place between the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and the President of France Emmanuel Macron, Press Service of the Armenian government reports. Issues related to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh as a result of the illegal blocking of the Lachin Corridor, the accumulation of Azerbaijani troops…
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TBILISI, Georgia — Nino Takaishvili, an ethnic Georgian from Moscow, clearly remembers Aug. 8, 2008, the day that the Russian army invaded her ancestral homeland while she was on her first trip abroad in Paris. She also remembers the surprise she felt when her Russian-speaking guide began the tour with words that seemed to have been plucked from…
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16:30, 9 September 2023 YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 9, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan spoke by phone on Saturday with his Georgian counterpart Irakli Garibashvili to discuss issues related to the current situation in the region, the Prime Minister’s Office reported. PM Pashinyan and PM Garibashvili discussed the worsening humanitarian…
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16:30, 9 September 2023 YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 9, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan spoke by phone on Saturday with his Georgian counterpart Irakli Garibashvili to discuss issues related to the current situation in the region, the Prime Minister’s Office reported. PM Pashinyan and PM Garibashvili discussed the worsening humanitarian…
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Bilateral relationsAzerbaijan–Israel relations Israel Azerbaijan Azerbaijan and Israel have engaged in close cooperation since 1992.[1] Azerbaijan is one of the majority Muslim countries, alongside Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sudan, Kosovo, Morocco, Albania, Gulf countries and the other former Soviet republics…
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4 min readi24NEWSForeign policy adviser to Azerbaijani President Hikmet Hajiyev in i24NEWS studio in Jaffa porti24NEWS spoke with Hikmet Hajiyev, foreign policy advisor to the President of Azerbaijan on defense cooperation, Iran, and the Azerbaijani Jewish community.In March of 2023, Azerbaijan became the first Shia Muslim country to open an embassy…
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Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan and Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration, Hikmet Hajiyev, recently discussed the benefits of the defense cooperation with Israel. Hajiyev’s remarks came during an interview with the Israeli I24 News TV channel on Wednesday. “We are thankful to the State of Israel…
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In the spring of 2022, as the West watched Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine unfold, one of the greatest surprises was what it revealed about Russian military strength. When the assault began, many Western leaders and analysts assumed that Ukraine would be quickly overpowered by Russia’s vast army, powerful air force, and deep reserves…
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 9. Azerbaijani Ambassador to Iran Ali Alizada shared photos of ruins of Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli city destroyed during the Armenian occupation, Trend reports. The diplomat wrote on his page on X (Twitter) that this was done by Armenia, and these facts are countless. “Despite all these facts, Azerbaijan offered the hand of…
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Iran experts may carry out humanitarian demining in Armenia  NEWS.am
Armenia, UAE abolish visa regime – Public Radio of Armenia  en.armradio.am
Karabakh Separatist Leaders Say Deal Reached With Azerbaijan On Transport Corridors  Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Deal reached to open roads to Azerbaijan’s breakaway Karabakh …  Reuters
Armenia, Iran leaders discuss escalation of tensions in the region …  Public Radio of Armenia
World media exposes Armenia’s political manipulations – AZERTAC  AZERTAC News

*Azerbaijan reports exchange of fire, no word of casualties*Armenian PM calls Blinken, Macron, Scholz and Raisi*Azerbaijan condemns vote in Karabakh, calls it puppet regime(Adds Armenian PM’s calls to Blinken and leaders of France, Germany and Iran; Azerbaijan statement on Karabakh)Sept 9 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said on Saturday that…
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With a number of credible reports of foreign fighters engaged in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh on behalf of Azerbaijan, a number of journalists and analysts have looked to one of the world’s most infamous private mercenary companies (PMC), Russia’s Wagner PMC, as a potential actor in the conflict. However, there has not been any firm evidence showing…
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Welcome back to World Brief, where we’re looking at political infighting following the Wagner Group revolt, a deadly missile strike in Ukraine, and the French president’s rare rebuke of racist policing. Welcome back to World Brief, where we’re looking at political infighting following the Wagner Group revolt, a deadly missile strike in Ukraine, and…
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Why did the second plane of Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin head for Azerbaijani capital Baku, ask Azerbaijani media. One of Prigozhin’s Embraer ERJ-135bj Legacy 650 planes went to Baku on Thursday. This is evidenced by flight tracking service Flightradar, according to which, this plane left Moscow at 3:30pm and landed in Baku at 7:04pm. Russian…
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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The prime minister of Armenia said Tuesday that his country has refused to host military drills planned by a Russia-dominated security pact, an announcement that reflected the Armenian government’s growing tensions with Moscow.Nikol Pashinyan has repeatedly criticized Russian peacekeepers for failure to secure free transit along…
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The Armenian telegram channel Bagramyan 26, considered close to Pashinyan, reported on September 8 that Russia was preparing a coup in Armenia with the help of members of the mercenaries from the private military company Wagner.We publish this material with some abbreviations:At the time of Prigozhin’s death, there were about 3,000 fighters of the Wagner…
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A shift in leadership dynamics: Samvel Shahramanyan becomes a key figure of Armenians in Karabakh Baku/01.09.23/Turan: September 1 marked a significant turning point for the Armenians residing in the populated areas of the Karabakh Economic Region of Azerbaijan. Samvel Shahramanyan assumed the d …… Turan News Agency Turan News Agency…
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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a press conference with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS Acquire Licensing RightsSept 8 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday that…
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By Andrew OsbornLONDON (Reuters) -Azerbaijan is ready to allow Red Cross aid from Armenia into the ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh enclave if Red Crescent aid from Azerbaijan is let in at the same time, Hikmet Hajiyev, foreign policy adviser to President Ilham Aliyev, told Reuters.Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but…
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A glass door bears a commemorative seal marking 75 years at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, U.S., July 8, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsMOSCOW, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, which is trying to recruit more Russians as spies, has released a video targeting Moscow officials with an appeal…
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A study has shed light on how the number of sexual partners British people have changes as they age, and new findings have surprised researchers.While the frequency of sexual partners among heterosexual people declines steadily from age 40, the study found stark gender disparities within some age groups.Researchers from the University of East Anglia…
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An individual employed by a Washington DC-based organization with international offices was targeted with powerful hacking software made by NSO Group, researchers have claimed, raising new concerns about the proliferation of spyware that can infect Apple devices.How NSO became the company whose software can spy on the world The alleged attack was discovered…
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India, the host, hoped to advance an economic agenda to aid poorer nations even as the Russian and Chinese leaders skipped the gathering.
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in India for G20  Arab News Pakistan

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on the sidelines of the Eurasian Economic Union summit in Moscow, Russia May 25, 2023. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsSept 6 (Reuters) – Armenia said on Wednesday it would…
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The Russian foreign ministry has taken the step of summoning the ambassador from its long-standing ally, Armenia, in protest against several recent developments, signaling tensions that are putting strain on their close relations.In an official statement, the ministry pointed to what it described as a series of unfriendly actions by the Armenian leadership…
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The self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh – internationally recognized as Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region – is facing probably the most difficult period in its 32-year history. Baku seems determined, one way or another, to establish full control over the territory where ethnic Armenians make up the majority of the population, although they refuse to reintegrate…
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Receive free Non-Fiction updatesWe’ll send you a myFT Daily Digest email rounding up the latest Non-Fiction news every morning. The secret report about Ukraine reached British intelligence in February. It said that the Russians knew the Ukrainians were “hostile to them and their ideas”, and that the Ukrainians wanted to know what foreign support they…
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The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold hearings on the situation in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region. The hearing will be held on September 14, News.Az reports citing the website of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.Senior Advisor for Caucasus Negotiations at the US Department of State Louis Bono and Acting Assistant…
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At around 5:30 pm Moscow time on August 23, the Embraer Legacy 600 private business jet took to the skies. Launching from an airport near the Russian capital, the 13-seater plane, which has a white body and blue tail, has been linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the brutal Russian mercenary outfit Wagner Group.At 5:46 pm, once the plane was clear…
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For right or wrong, Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskiy has come to epitomize for many in Washington and Brussels the endemic corruption that has held Ukraine back economically and politically since its independence more than three decades ago. The 60-year-old businessman, who is blacklisted by the United States, has over the years sent armed men to…
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On July 6, Albanian President Bayram Begai visited Azerbaijan and engaged in discussions with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev on bilateral political relations, joint activities in international organizations, trade, economic matters and investment opportunities (Kaspi.az; Report.az, July 8). These talks underlined Baku’s increased attention…
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12:27, 31 August 2023 YEREVAN, AUGUST 31, ARMENPRESS. The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova who claimed that the situation in the Lachin corridor is a consequence of the fact that referring to the Alma-Ata Declaration, in Prague, October 2022 Armenia recognized Nagorno-Karabakh…
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According to an October 2022 Pew survey, “88% of US adults say that marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use.” While marijuana legalization is gaining more and more cultural acceptance, effectively regulating drugs has long flummoxed policy and lawmakers. Some are even starting to have second thoughts, especially when it comes to how…
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Zelensky awarded Budanov the rank of Lieutenant General  Odessa Journal
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Catch up quickly with the stories from Central and Eastern Europe that matter. Russia’s war on Ukraine Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this week appointed Rustem Umerov, a Crimean native with extensive business and political experience who has chaired Ukraine’s commission monitoring international financial and military aid to the country’s war…
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A new face at Ukraine’s defence ministry: Emerging Europe this week  Emerging Europe
Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Could it escalate again?  DW (English)
 
Pashinyan Says Peace Will Guarantee Armenia’s Independence  Hetq Online
 
Karabakh separatist leader resigns amid deepening blockade crisis  Yahoo News
 
Arman Tatoyan: Azerbaijan concentrating special military units …  NEWS.am
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Kidnapped Nagorno-Karabakh students reportedly released after 10-day detention in Azerbaijan  ARMENPRESS
Revealed: Autocrats’ children who own £250m of British properties include Azerbaijan’s ruling family, the fugi  Daily Mail
 
Karabakh army: Azerbaijan continues carrying out information preparations for another provocation  NEWS.am
 
How to prevent the hunger in Artsakh  Armenian Weekly
 
Armenian Foreign Minister meets with UAE Federal National Council President  ARMENPRESS
Armenian Foreign Minister meets with Emirati counterpart in Abu Dhabi  ARMENPRESS
President Ilham Aliyev received Chief of General Staff of Turkish …  AZERTAC News
 
Ilham Aliyev receives Ministers of Turkic states  AKIpress
 
President of Nagorno-Karabakh convenes Security Council session to discuss measures for returning kidnapped citizens  ARMENPRESS
Azerbaijan prevents illegal Armenian armed formations to install …  AzerNews.Az
 
Azerbaijan – safe country for Israelis, 50,000 visit country annually …  Trend News Agency
 
Nagorno-Karabakh: ‘People are fainting queuing up for bread’  bbc.com
Azerbaijan starts contradicting itself, official’s statement falsely denying blockade exposes ‘aid’ was publicity stunt  ARMENPRESS
Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold hearing on crisis in …  Public Radio of Armenia
UAE President meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia  Gulf News
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Pro-Armenia Protesters Blockade Freeway – Burbank Leader  OutlookNewspapers.com
 
Ararat Mirzoyan holds telephone conversation with senior U.S. …  mediamax.am
Pro-Russian blogger, Sputnik journalist detained in Armenia  Ukrinform
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Armenian Foreign Minister holds phone call with U.S. acting Assistant Secretary of State for European, Eurasian Affairs  ARMENPRESS
Armenia FM, acting US assistant secretary of state discuss regional …  NEWS.am
Azerbaijan presidential assistant continues claiming there is no …  NEWS.am
 
Abkhazia doesn’t want to be part of Russia / JAMnews  JAMnews
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A tragic lesson – Economy and ecology  IPS Journal
‘This Is Ethnic Cleansing… They Want to Finish What They Started’: Inside the Siege of Nagorno-Karabakh – Byline Times  Byline Times
President Ilham Aliyev examined construction progress of Lachin …  AZERTAC News
 
NSS confirms release of three kidnapped Nagorno-Karabakh students from Azeri custody  ARMENPRESS

The stores in Stepanakert are still open, but the shelves are empty. Food, medicine, toiletries, fuel — everything is in short supply in the de facto capital of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is internationally recognized as the territory of Azerbaijan. The disputed region is inhabited mainly by Armenians. Goods are supplied via one access…
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On August 29, President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron made a phone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, News.Az reports. During the telephone conversation, the situation in the region, the issue of the opening of the Aghdam-Khankendi and Lachin-Khankendi roads were discussed.The head of state said that Armenia and…
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President Lula da Silva’s Symbolic Ride: Unifying Brazil through Tradition Alarming Rise of Wild Poliovirus Cases in Peshawar and Karachi Sparks Concern Facing Annexation Claims: Israel’s Legalization of West Bank Outposts Romania’s Defense Ministry Responds to Russian Attacks on Ukraine: No Direct Military Threat…
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Radio Azadliq underwent a leadership transition after the closure, with a new director, Ilkin Mammadov, put in charge of Azadliq’s Prague office – where RFE/RL is also headquartered – in early 2015.Mammadov’s arrival kickstarted a process of pushing out journalists who produced content critical of the Azerbaijani government – and producing content that…
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Demonstrators in Amsterdam call for sanctions against Aliyev regime for genocide in Nagorno-Karabakh  ARMENPRESS
 
Austrian lawmakers call on Azerbaijan to open Lachin Corridor in line with ICJ order  ARMENPRESS
 
United States again calls for reopening of Lachin Corridor  ARMENPRESS
 
US State Department: We reiterate our call to immediately reopen Lachin corridor  NEWS.am
 
EU ‘strongly believes’ Lachin Corridor must be unblocked, calls for …  ARMENPRESS
 
Azerbaijan starts contradicting itself, official’s statement falsely denying blockade exposes ‘aid’ was publicity stunt  ARMENPRESS
 
Secretary Blinken’s Call with Azerbaijani President Aliyev – United …  Department of State
 
Council of Europe Committee of Ministers discusses Lachin Corridor, Nagorno-Karabakh crisis and genocide warnings  ARMENPRESS
 
United States tells Azerbaijan to reopen Lachin Corridor  ARMENPRESS
 
Congressional Human Rights Commission holds hearing on Lachin …  en.armradio.am
 
In Calling on Aliyev to Lift Artsakh Blocakade, Blinken Backs Baku’s Alternate Road Option – Asbarez.com  Asbarez Armenian News
 
Artsakh Political Factions Agree On New President – Asbarez.com  Asbarez Armenian News
 
Pashinyan warns of Azerbaijan’s intentions to commit new military provocations,calls on UNSC members to prevent outbreak  ARMENPRESS
 

A Ukrainian Grad launcher fires rockets at Russian positions in the Zaporizhzhia region. The General Staff of the Ukrainian military said 34 combat clashes took place on the front line during the day on September 7 and that the situation in the east and south of Ukraine “remains difficult.” The Ukrainian military repelled attacks…
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The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Monday the appointment of a new commander for its temporary peacekeeping contingent in the Karabakh (Garabagh) region of Azerbaijan. Major-General Kirill Kulakov officially assumed his position, succeeding Alexander Lentsov, on September 3, as confirmed by the ministry. Kulakov, aged 54, previously led a branch…
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Medvedev says Russia may annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia  Yahoo News
 
Armenia says Azerbaijan preparing fresh ‘military provocation’  FRANCE 24 English
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Ukraine conflict: Five Russian anti-war songs  openDemocracy
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Tensions between Yerevan and Moscow continued to escalate as the Kremlin on Tuesday reacted to remarks by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan who told an Italian publication that Armenia’s heavy reliance on Russia has proven to be a “strategic mistake.” The Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov hit back at Pashinyan’s assertions, saying Russia has no intention…
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Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili arrives for his address to the 77th Session of the United Nations Generl Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 22, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar Acquire Licensing RightsMarch 13 (Reuters) – Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili accused Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of…
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The demise of Wagner boss Yevgeniy Prigozhin and the diminishing role of mercenaries in Ukraine has done little to assuage fears inside the North Caucasus of the return of thousands of mercenaries formerly convicted of robbery, rape, and murder. In April, a 38-year-old resident of Tskhinvali (Tskhinval), South Ossetia, was stabbed to death in the…
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Medvedev says Russia can annex Georgia’s breakaway regions of …  Anadolu Agency | English
 
Georgia Moves to Impeach President Who Defied Foreign Trips Ban  Bloomberg
 
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