The bad blood between Russia and Turkey is spreading to Armenia and Azerbaijan

For those that are unfamiliar with the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, it revolves around a disputed area named Nagorno-Karabakh. The population of the area is predominantly ethnically Armenian, but in the split-up of the Soviet Union, the area was placed under Azeri control. I have visited both countries, and have been on the Line of Conflict in the war that has never been ended with a peace treaty. Azeri forces often commented that once they had upgraded their equipment via oil sales, they would reclaim Nagorno-Karabakh. While it is true that the rift between Turkey (a traditional Azeri ally) and Russia (a traditional Armenian ally; also there is a Russian military base in Armenia) likely doesn’t aid relations between the two nations, it is a situation that has been brewing for some time even before the fall out between Turkey and Russia. Another potential hotspot between NATO and Russia.


December 2015TURKEYEscalating tensions between Russia and Turkey have spread to the Caucasus, a volatile region where both powers have long contested each other’s influence. After Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane that allegedly flew into Turkish airspace last week, a Cold War-style war of words erupted between Ankara and Moscow. Turkey has refused to apologize for the incident, while Russia has blocked sales of tourism packages to Turkey, imposed sanctions on Turkish fruits and vegetables, and accused Turkey of buying oil from the Islamic State. Now the two sides are squaring off over the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two tiny former Soviet republics that have been at loggerheads since a six-year war over an ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan called Nagorno-Karabakh ended in 1994.
“This is largely talk right now, but the problem is neither Turkey nor Russia really need war in the…

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