Turkey’s Foray Into Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Tests Russia’s Influence

Elvera Bartels

Turkey’s job in the expanding clash among Armenia and Azerbaijan—two nations Moscow regards as within its sphere of influence—is introducing a new aspect to a string of proxy fights pitting Turkey and Russia from each individual other and challenging Russia’s longstanding coverage of neutrality around the simmering conflict.

Approximately the measurement of Delaware, the province of Nagorno-Karabakh—a disputed enclave within Azerbaijan—has been a flashpoint among Azerbaijan and Armenia considering the fact that the a long time adhering to the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is regarded internationally as section of Azerbaijan but controlled by professional-Armenian rebels.

About thirty,000 men and women have been killed in preventing around a 6-calendar year period of time in advance of a cease-fireplace in 1994. But hostilities resumed past week, with each individual side blaming the other for a series of shock attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended worked to hold previous Soviet

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