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With Russia-NATO Meeting, is Baku the New Caucasian Geneva?

General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, and General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, meet in Baku. (photo: NATO)

NATO's military chief and his Russian counterpart met in Baku, the first such high-level meeting since the two sides froze relations in 2014.

This follows a similar meeting in February between the Russian officer, Valeriy Gerasimov, and the chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joe Dunford. That meeting also took place in Baku. 

Two events may not be enough to suggest a trend or a policy, but it is suggestive of Azerbaijan's suitability as a geopolitically neutral entrepot in the ongoing Russia-West conflict. Azerbaijan sells oil and gas to Europe, while buying weapons from Russia. But it's shown no interest in close political cooperation with either, making it non-threatening to either side.

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