After a period of estrangement, Baku has laid out its terms for getting back on friendly terms with Washington. The suggestions may have come in the form of commentaries from local news outlets, but the medium is the message in Azerbaijan, where most mainstream media is under the government's thumb.
Ultimately, Baku's demands boil down to being accepted for what it is; an increasingly authoritarian regime, by estimates of any international human rights watchdog, and that the US should quit trying to change it.
Granted, it’s made that point before. But now Azerbaijan has particular incentive to lay it on strong. The July 14 Iranian nuclear deal and Azerbaijan’s offers for Tehran to sign onto its Europe-bound pipeline projects potentially could give Baku new bargaining chips with the West.
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