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Turkey-Russia Antagonism Playing Out in Karabakh

All smiles before the Russian jet shoot-down and the renewed fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

The enmity that has been building between Turkey and Russia is spilling over into the Karabakh conflict.
 
Heavy fighting in Karabakh between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces on April 2-5 marked the bloodiest point of the decades-long conflict since 1994. A two-day-long ceasefire appeared at risk of collapsing on April 7, as both sides accused the other of violations.
 
The Karabakh conflict now threatens to turn into a proxy fight between two regional powers – Turkey and Russia. Bilateral relations between the two states went into a tailspin last November, when the Turkish military shot down a Russian jet on a mission in Syria. Ankara has rankled Moscow with clear-cut statements of support for Azerbaijan, a country with which Turkey has close linguistic and cultural connections.
 

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Dorian Jones is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.

Turkey-Russia Antagonism Playing Out in Karabakh

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