The Bug Pit
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.
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.
With some blunt remarks, Russia’s top diplomat has managed to put his counterparts in both Armenia and Azerbaijan on the defensive, with the latter apparently under threat of losing his job.
Reports that Iranian trucks have been delivering fuel to Nagorno-Karabakh have sparked a sharp reaction in Azerbaijan, with Baku summoning Iranian diplomats and accusing Tehran of exacerbating the conflict over the territory.
Georgia, the United States and the UK have blamed Russia for a massive cyber attack against Georgia last October.
The coordinated statements by the three countries laid the blame on Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, for the attack that took down about 15,000 websites in Georgia, including that of the president.