Pashinyan refuses to sign CSTO declaration after bloc's failure to help Armenia

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan November 25, 2022

Getting the CSTO to send military assistance to Armenia and to condemn Azerbaijan's attacks were two of Yerevan's fundamental demands going into the summit.

EBRD warns of risk of 'zombification'

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

Development bank recommends countries should now gradually dial down help to vulnerable companies, so they can either learn to adapt to the new climate of higher interest rates or exit the market by going into insolvency.

TEHRAN BLOG: Iran takes aim at ‘gambler’ and ‘political dwarf’ Aliyev as Azerbaijan tensions simmer

bne IntelIiNews November 11, 2022

Amid rows over Baku’s designs on Armenian territory, Iranian establishment figure claims Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev has been “taunting” Iran and implicitly threatening its neighbour with a military attack.

Eurasian central bank governors battling inflation with mixed success

Ben Aris In Samarkand November 7, 2022

Inflation appears to be under control in Uzbekistan and to have peaked in Georgia and Armenia, but with prices still rising in Kazakhstan the regulator is ready to raise rates “as much as necessary,” the countries' central bank governors said.

IMF reaches agreement with Armenia on $165mn stand-by loan

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan November 3, 2022

IMF said the three-year deal would support the Armenian government's economic programme to preserve macroeconomic, fiscal, and financial stability

Putin's negotiations with Armenia and Azerbaijan don't bring any concrete results

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan, Cavid Aga in Baku November 1, 2022

The Sochi summit underscored Russian efforts to regain the initiative in the Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiating process from the EU and US.

Too early to call time on the CSTO

Kamila Ibragimova, Peter Leonard for Eurasianet October 14, 2022

More than a military alliance analogous to Nato, the bloc is a political entity. But analysts have never agreed on its exact purpose.

Putin’s dwindling circle of friends in Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews October 11, 2022

The number of European countries friendly towards Moscow has dwindled to just a handful since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February.

Kyrgyzstan scraps military drills in latest sign of Russia’s waning influence in Central Asia

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty October 10, 2022

Move to cancel CSTO exercises made following border fighting with Tajikistan and with Armenia already angry that military bloc has been ‘missing in action’.

VISEGRAD BLOG: European family gathering mostly avoids fights

Robert Anderson in Prague October 9, 2022

European Political Community isolates Russia, welcomes back UK and reassures EU candidate countries.

Ukraine war leads to traffic jams in Georgia

Nini Gabritchidze for Eurasianet October 7, 2022

International transport routes through Ukraine and Russia have been disrupted, and Georgia has become a popular alternative.

Turkish, Armenian leaders go ahead with first-ever face-to-face meeting

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan October 7, 2022

Little evidence of progress in normalising Yerevan-Ankara relations or resolving conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan following Prague encounter.

Displaced from Karabakh watch reconstruction process with hope, concern

Heydar Isayev of Eurasianet October 6, 2022

Azerbaijani IDPs are eager to return home. But they are uncertain about how their new lives are going to look.

Armenia’s Pashinyan, Turkey’s Erdogan set for unprecedented face-to-face Prague meeting

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan October 6, 2022

Encounter is “huge” says analyst. However, hopes for a breakthrough in resolving Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict are low.

Armenia reacts with outrage to another video of apparent Azerbaijani war crimes

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan October 3, 2022

In the video Azerbaijani soldiers are apparently executing six Armenian POWs during its invasion on September 13-14.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

Azerbaijani offensive leaves Armenia shaken

Neil Hauer in Sotk September 23, 2022

The attacks marked the first time in the three-decade conflict that such heavy fighting has taken place on the territory of Armenia itself.

Russian media airing increasingly Armenia-sceptic narrative

Ani Mejlumyan of Eurasianet September 23, 2022

Armenians could usually rely on favourable coverage from the media of its strategic ally. Following another escalation, that no longer seems to be the case.

Baku angered by Pelosi's comments about its 'illegal and deadly' invasion of Armenia

Cavid Aga in Baku, Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan September 19, 2022

"Pelosi's baseless and unfair accusations against Azerbaijan are unacceptable," says Azerbaijani foreign ministry.

PANNIER: Putin arrived with little to offer an SCO summit that showed no real clout

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 18, 2022

Disparate interests of organisation’s member nations meant many major issues of the day could not even be discussed. But there was only one dominant member: China.