Armenia on the Brink of Another Russian-Turkish War

By Grigor Hakobyan

Summary:

While meetings between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aiyev in Munich have caught the attention of international community and political observers another major conflict is quickly brewing in the Middle East where Russian and Turkish strategic interests have clashed in Syria with greater frequency and intensity. The inability of both countries to resolve their differences is threatening the region with major conflagration that may not leave Armenia and Azerbaijan unscathed. Furthermore, the Armenian communities in Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq may face renewed threats to their existence due to their extreme proximity to the epicenter of the Russian-Turkish conflict. To understand most likely scenarios that may unfold in case if Russia and Turkey do not find a way to resolve their differences one needs to look no further in history than the last five hundred years of Russian-Turkish wars which have made their mark in shaping the present day Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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