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How Armenia, Azerbaijan Size Each Other Up in the Poker Game of Peace

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan at a meeting in Russia’s Sochi hosted by President Vladimir Putin in August 2014. The pair is expected to meet again by the end of this month in Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

More than two months after a fresh round of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan are again pledging to pursue a peaceful resolution to the decades-long conflict. At the same time, they are looking for change.
 
“The status quo is not acceptable,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a June 7 appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, RFE/RL reported. Meanwhile, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan wants Aliyev to refrain from “childish behavior” – he recently predicted the Armenian leader will enter the Guinness Book of World Records for lying – that could undermine future talks. 
 
The pair is expected to meet by the end of this month in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg, but a date has not yet been announced. Whether or not Putin will participate in the meeting is also unclear.
 
A May meeting in Vienna, mediated by the OSCE’s Minsk Group, which oversees negotiations between the two sides, resulted in the usual calls for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, but little more.
 

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