New collision of Turkey and Russia, now in the Caucasus

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New collision of Turkey and Russia, now in the Caucasus

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Originally appeared at Politika, translated by A. Djurich/А. Ђурић exclusively for SouthFront

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh will further strain relations between Ankara and Moscow, which were damaged at the end of last year after the shooting down of the Russian aircraft in the border area of Syria.

Armenia and Azerbaijan are again on the brink of war adventure clashes resume, the fiercest one since twenty years ago when the province Nagorno-Karabakh seceded from Baku and declared independence.

The two sides, under pressure from the international community, two days ago reached an agreement on a cease-fire, but he does not seem to be respected. Still occasionally shooting is going on, but so far there is no movement of units. In Baku argue that Armenians continue to shoot Azerbaijan and that in recent days six civilians were killed, including two children. In Yerevan they deny this.

Analysts warn that the conflict in the Caucasus could escalate, especially as in this region the interests of many countries, especially Turkey and Russia, are coliding. Baku and Yerevan are pawns in the game that someone obviously pulls to the side when it suits him.

Anyway the current conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh turns out, it will further strain relations between Ankara and Moscow who are damaged after the shooting down of the Russian aircraft in the border area of Syria.

Ankara and some western countries support Azerbaijan because this way they want to control the flow of Caspian petroleum. Moscow has strategic relations with Armenia, while Iran holds the side, but so far does not reveals the true intensions.

Turkey has no diplomatic relations with Yerevan because of a dispute over genocide during the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire committed against Armenians. Ankara persistently denies that this ever took place.

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