COLCHIS: Georgia’s Karabakh conundrum

Alexander Scrivener of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network October 22, 2020

As the death toll mounts among both Armenians and Azeris in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the situation in nearby Georgia feels a million miles away. In the throes of both a parliamentary election and a growing Covid-19 epidemic, the fact

25th day of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict brings little to no sign of peace

bne IntelIiNews October 22, 2020

Prospects of Azerbaijani offensive into heavily populated core of enclave are reportedly rising. Turkey calls Minsk mediation group "brain dead".

Russia knocked Turkish drones out of sky in Armenia claims report

bne IntellIiNews October 21, 2020

Also amid Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, another report says Russia has deployed a “large” number of border guards to work with Armenian counterparts assigned to protect Armenia’s only border with Iran.

Armenia ‘finds Canadian components on Turkish drone downed in Nagorno-Karabakh’

bne IntelIiNews October 21, 2020

Canada lately banned such military exports to Turkey. Armenian PM urges international community to follow its example.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Erdogan, Trudeau and the killer drones

Akin Nazli in Belgrade October 20, 2020

By banning military technology exports under pressure from campaigners, Canada’s PM has thrown a wrench in the works of Turkey’s drone programme. But regimes everywhere know there is no consistency in this morality, perhaps Erdogan's most of all.

Azerbaijani, Armenian foreign ministers to ‘meet Pompeo in Washington’

bne IntelIiNews October 20, 2020

Possibility of trilateral session not ruled out as hopes rise for new effort to bring Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to an end.

Nagorno-Karabakh forces quoted as saying ceasefire generally held on October 18

bne IntelIiNews October 19, 2020

Day, however, sees angry exchanges with Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming each other for breaching humanitarian truce.

Second attempt at Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire declared

bne IntelIiNews October 17, 2020

Agreement announced on day Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of killing at least 13 civilians in Scud missile strike on residential buildings in Ganja.

Amid war, Armenians closely watching the signals from Russia

Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet October 16, 2020

The messaging from Moscow has been pro-Armenia but critical of its government. And some Armenians are questioning their leaders’ flirtation, as mild as it’s been, with the West.

Karabakh coverage looks at Turkish military exports to Baku and possible execution of Armenian soldiers

bne IntelIiNews October 16, 2020

Azerbaijan’s lobbying operation in Washington and Aliyev’s denial that Turkey has sent Syrian mercenaries to battle front also focus of media on day 19 of conflict.

Russia criticises Turkey for pushing military solution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

bne IntelIiNews October 15, 2020

Russian foreign minister adds that it would be right to deploy Russian military observers on line of contact, but that it was up to adversaries Azerbaijan and Armenia to decide.

'Calls grow for France to side with Armenia in enclave conflict with Azerbaijan’

bne IntelIiNews October 14, 2020

Armenian diaspora pushes Paris, angry at what it claims is Turkey’s deployment of Syrian mercenaries, to give up neutrality. Iran, meanwhile, reportedly dealing with potential rise in “pan-Turkism”.

Azerbaijan demands seat at table for Turkey in Karabakh conflict talks

bne IntelIiNews October 13, 2020

Russia says there is no plan to change mediation format. Armenia accuses Baku of allowing Ankara to take over its foreign policy.

Nagorno-Karabakh truce teeters on edge of collapse after weekend of claimed attacks

bne IntelIiNews October 11, 2020

Azerbaijan’s foreign minister had warned the cease-fire would only last for as long as it took the Red Cross to arrange the exchange of the dead. Allegations of shelling flew within minutes.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree temporary ceasefire

bne IntelIiNews October 10, 2020

Breakthrough in Moscow talks comes in early hours of October 10. “Substantive talks” are now to begin.

‘Half of Nagorno-Karabakh civilians abandon homes amid fighting’

bne IntelIiNews October 7, 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to accuse each other of indiscriminate shelling. Armenian PM says Vladimir Putin has told him Russia will “uphold certain security commitments” to Yerevan if matters deteriorate to a certain point.

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of attempted cluster rocket attack on oil and gas pipelines

bne IntelIiNews October 7, 2020

Yerevan calls Baku’s claim “outright lies”. Markets nervous successful strike could wreck plan to export Azerbaijani oil to European Union from November.

Karabakh’s critical supply line fights to stay open

Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet October 6, 2020

The road through Lachin is a critical supply line between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and it’s coming under regular attack from Azerbaijan.

Armenia could make Karabakh concessions if Azerbaijan does same says PM

bne IntelIiNews October 6, 2020

Russia’s foreign intel head says “already even thousands” of Islamist radical mercenaries now in conflict zone. States: “We can’t not be worried that the South Caucasus is capable of becoming a new launch pad for international terrorism."

EEU riven by instability from Bishkek to Belarus

Ben Aris in Berlin October 6, 2020

What’s wrong with the Eurasia Economic Union (EEU), the economic block set up by Russia that is a copy of the EU and was supposed to promote stability and prosperity throughout the Eurasian landmass?