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Still a powder keg: Why the flare up between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

FRANCE24, 18 Nov 2021
Why the flare-up between Armenia and Azerbaijan? A Russian-brokered ceasefire seems to be holding so far after the worst fighting since last year's 44-day war over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. This time, it is also a border dispute - one that was being negotiated. We ask about the stakes surrounding what is a crossroads for neighbors like Iran and Turkey and the role played by Russia, broker of last year's truce and allied both with Armenia - where it has a military base - and with oil-rich Azerbaijan, whose leader Ilhan Aliyev has proved deft in courting both Moscow and Ankara. Can the Kremlin play peacemaker in the Caucuses while it takes on Nato and the EU on its Western front. 30 years on, what does it all say about the former Soviet Union?

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