COMMENT: Don’t disregard potential for Armenia and Azerbaijan’s war to spiral into something much bigger

COMMENT: Don’t disregard potential for Armenia and Azerbaijan’s war to spiral into something much bigger
Screenshot of unverified footage (see second video embedded in article below) said to show an attack on an Armenian arms depot by Azerbaijani forces using a Turkish Bayraktar TB2 armed drone.
By bne IntelIiNews September 27, 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan are on the brink of a full-scale war and observers should think twice before determining that analysis which concludes this could spiral into a wider conflict—bringing in (at the very least) Turkey and Russia—is simply alarmist. There is the prospect that hostilities could be dampened and contained, but the worst case scenario cannot be dismissed out of hand.

That is the consensus of bne IntelliNews correspondents who cover the South Caucasus. Better to be safe than sorry, international mediators surely know the stakes involved here. As if they needed reminding, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian on September 27 called on the international community to ensure that Turkey does not involve itself in the conflict.

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