The Bug Pit
Russia is responsible for human rights violations in the aftermath of the 2008 war with Georgia over South Ossetia, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.
When Azerbaijan shot down a Russian military helicopter in the last hours of the war with Armenia, Moscow appeared to initially accept Baku’s explanation and apology that it was a tragic accident.
But now, nearly two months later, Russian military prosecutors have said they intend to pursue more serious charges and formally reclassify the case as one of “murder,” Russian media have reported.
This post has been edited to reflect new developments as of September 29, 2020.
As fighting between Armenians and Azerbaijanis continued for a second day, Armenian officials accused Turkey of directly intervening in the conflict by supplying weaponry and soldiers. Turkish officials and media, meanwhile, continued to loudly cheer on the Azerbaijani military offensive with unprecedented enthusiasm.
When wide-scale fighting broke out over the weekend between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces, it did not come as a surprise.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has complained to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about Moscow’s arms sales to Armenia. The rare rebuke comes as the geopolitical alignments in the Caucasus are shifting somewhat following last month’s sharp outbreak of fighting.
A series of clashes on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border has resulted in the deaths of three Azerbaijani soldiers in the heaviest fighting between the two sides in years.
Each side accused the other of starting the fighting, which included heavy artillery fire from both sides.
After the Georgian government won a case in international arbitration against a scofflaw American oil company, the company’s supporters in Congress have accused the ruling party in Tbilisi of doing Russia’s bidding.
A long-awaited documentary film produced by a mixed Armenian-Azerbaijani team has gotten a partial public release, even as the full film remains under wraps due to the sensitivity of the subject.