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Russian Interests in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

October 7, 2020

Episode Notes:

The armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which began last week after the collapse of a decades-long ceasefire, shows no sign of letting up. Both sides have shelled each other’s cities, deployed drones and long-range rocket artillery, and suffered military and civilian casualties. The conflict has drawn in key regional powers, especially Turkey.

Michael Kofman joins the Warcast to discuss another key player in the South Caucasus — Russia. Michael is director of the Russia Studies Program and senior research scientist at CNA Corporation, and a fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. The views expressed here are his own.

 

[ 01:01 ] Is Russia involved in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

[ 02:28 ] How does the Russian military view the South Caucasus?

[ 05:46 ] What is a red line for Moscow in the dispute?

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