Going Rogue In Asia: Turkey Is Dragging NATO Into Another Conflict
Ankara's declaration especially creates the danger of a showdown between Turkey and Russia, since Moscow regards Armenia as a client, if not an outright protectorate
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October 2, 2020 - by Ted Galen Carpenter for nationalinterest.org
This week, armed clashes erupted between the forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan, exacerbating already serious tensions in the Caucasus.
The underlying reason for the latest incident is the long‐standing struggle between the two countries for control of Ngorno‐Karabakh. That ethnically Armenian region is legally part of Azerbaijan, but Armenia assumes responsibility for guaranteeing the minority enclave's self‐declared political independence.
The inherently unstable arrangement has led to several previous outbreaks of violence over the past three decades, but the latest incident seems especially serious.
Both countries have declared martial law and commenced full military mobilization. "We are a step away from a large‐scale war," warns Olesya Vartanyan of the International Crisis Group, an NGO focused on preventing and resolving deadly conflicts.
The default assumption of most Americans might be that this obscure dispute is...
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