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European court rules Russia responsible for crimes following 2008 war with Georgia
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.
Russia raises stakes in Azerbaijani helicopter shoot-down case
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.
Armenians accuse Turkey of involvement in conflict with Azerbaijan
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.
New Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting a long time in the making
When wide-scale fighting broke out over the weekend between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces, it did not come as a surprise.
Aliyev airs grievances to Putin over arms shipments to Armenia
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.
Armenia, Azerbaijan resume 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.
U.S. lawmakers call to investigate Georgian government's Russian ties
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.
Joint Armenian-Azerbaijani documentary on Karabakh released
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.
The couple in what has been called the “Caucasus’ most legendary love-hate relationship,” Armenia and Georgia, now has a new topic to argue about: the coronavirus.