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On a major development weekend, Russia said that if Azerbaijan spreads its military operations against Armenia beyond the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, it will give "all necessary assistance" to Armenia, with which Moscow has a defense pact:

Russian foreign minister Lavrov said his country would be ready to provide "all necessary assistance" to treaty partner Armenia if the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict extends to Armenian territory.

This is after there have been no fewer than three failed ceasefire attempts in the past month, with the last two, Russian and American, lasting a few hours before large-scale bombing resumed on both sides. Now on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan a small Russian military camp, complete with a flag, has been seen to highlight Moscow's position.

The Russian statements make the possibility of the conflict more likely to turn into a regional war, as Turkey has already made similar votes to its ally Azerbaijan. The Turkish government has openly called for the "liberation" of ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh. And the Armenian army has accused Turkey of already actively supporting the Azerbaijani army through air support and foreign mercenaries transferred from northern Syria. So far, Russia has kept itself on the sidelines, both for not being directly involved, both for the good relations it had so far with Azerbaijan, and for not causing an escalation with Turkey, but now it seems that a well clear that cannot be overcome without leading to a real conflict with Moscow

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The article RUSSIA READY TO SIDE BY ARMENIA comes from ScenariEconomici.it .

This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/la-russia-pronta-a-mettersi-al-fianco-dellarmenia/ on Tue, 03 Nov 2020 08:23:41 +0000.