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South Caucasus

Stories under this heading cover the South Caucasus – a region encompassing Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, as well as the unrecognised entities of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

For those interested specifically in Armenian-Azerbaijani relations and events and developments in and around Nagorno-Karabakh following the 2020 44-day war, check out our sister page, KarabakhSpace.eu.

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Aliyev in Moscow amidst intensified clashes on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border

Aliyev in Moscow amidst intensified clashes on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border

The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, arrived in Moscow today (20 July) on the invitation of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. This is Aliyev’s second working visit to Russia this year – the first, on 11 January with the Armenian prime minister – and comes amidst clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

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Opinion: Josep Borrell argues for more engagement with the South Caucasus

Opinion: Josep Borrell argues for more engagement with the South Caucasus

The EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has called for more EU engagement with the South Caucasus. Writing on his blog on the website of the European External Action Service, Borrell said that there is a growing expectation on the side of EU member states and partners for the EU to take a more active role in addressing the conflicts in the Eastern neighbourhood. "We are ready to help rebuild not only physical roads and bridges, but also paths to reconciliation and peaceful co-existence," the High Representative said.
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TRACECA seeks closer co-operation with EU in implementing its connectivity agenda Europe-Caucasus-Asia

TRACECA seeks closer co-operation with EU in implementing its connectivity agenda Europe-Caucasus-Asia

TRACECA seeks a closer co-operation with the European Union as it pursues its plans and activities to promote connectivity Europe-Caucasus-Asia in areas related to transport. This was stated by the Secretary-General of the TRACECA Inter-Governmental Commission, Asset Assavbayev, who this week was on a visit to Brussels  for discussions with EU officials. TRACECA brings together thirteen countries that form a transport corridor stretching from the heart of Europe to the borders of China.
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EU Ministerial Mission concludes whistlestop tour of South Caucasus

EU Ministerial Mission concludes whistlestop tour of South Caucasus

The foreign ministers of Austria, Romania and Lithuania visited Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia 25-26 June as special emissaries of the EU High Representative Josep Borrell. commonspace.eu political editor said in a comment that this was a small but important gesture with the purpose of sending a clear message to the region, and to others interested in it, that the European Union remains committed and engaged.
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EU signals new intensity in relations with the countries of Eastern Partnership and Central Asia, but 3 want more

EU signals new intensity in relations with the countries of Eastern Partnership and Central Asia, but 3 want more

EU leaders stressed the need to further deepen and intensify political, economic and people-to-people ties and co-operation with the Eastern Partners, and underlined their commitment to deepen relations with Central Asia, but Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova want a membership perspective.
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Russia mulls the Armenian elections results

Russia mulls the Armenian elections results

The Russian media has taken a lot of interest in Sunday's parliamentary elections in Armenia. They echoed the Kremlin's position of advocating stability and discouraging street protests. But the newspaper Kommersant says many in Moscow were taken by surprise by the result.
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Opinion: An election with many surprises

Opinion: An election with many surprises

Armenia's parliamentary elections were properly conducted with only minor violations. But Nikol Pashinyan's landslide victory was somewhat surprising says Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed for commonspace.eu Pashinyan's victory means Armenia will continue implementing all written and oral agreements reached with Russia and Azerbaijan after the end of the 2020 Karabakh war, he adds.