How Russians Read the Conflict in the Caucasus

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 13, Azerbaijan launched anaggressive military assaultalong the borders of the Armenian Republic. Observers of politics in the post-Soviet space may be forgiven for thinking that the center of fighting was the disputed, Armenian-inhabited region of Nagorno-Karabakh (also known as Artsakh by Armenians). In fact, however, the attack targeted several towns and villages within Armenia proper, notably Vardenis near Lake Sevan, Jermuk in the rocky Vayots Dzor province, and the leafy town of Goris in Syunik. The attack was only the latest in a series of provocations initiated by Baku,with Ankara’s backing, since …read more

Source:: SL Guardian English