Iran and Azerbaijan have made a surprise decision to form a joint defense commission; a move that may indicate a conspicuous geopolitical shift in the South Caucasus.
During his April 20 visit to Baku, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqa proposed selling arms to Azerbaijan. The move came just as US President Barack Obama indicated that Washington would support reducing sanctions against Iran as soon as it introduces new restrictions on its nuclear program.
Azerbaijan, faced with growing tensions with Armenia over Nagorno Karabakh, has not yet indicated a willingness to buy. But Iran’s offers for military cooperation go in other directions, too.
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