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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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Commentary: Lavrov's travels and travails in the South Caucasus

Commentary: Lavrov's travels and travails in the South Caucasus

The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, was in Armenia and in Azerbaijan in the last days. Bilateral issues were discussed in both Baku and Yerevan during his visit, however, it was the regional situation that dominated the discussions in both capitals, and in particular, the implementation in practice of the 10 November “Trilateral Declaration” signed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia. This is proving easier said than done, and some are asking if Russia has not taken on a poisoned chalice.
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Regional issues dominate Armenian-Georgian talks in Yerevan

Regional issues dominate Armenian-Georgian talks in Yerevan

The Georgian prime minister, Irakli Garibashvili, was in Yerevan on Wednesday (12 May) for talks with his Armenian counterpart and other officials. It is a tradition that a new Georgian leader, on taking office, visits the two neighbouring countries, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Garibashvili was in Baku a week before. Armenia and Georgia renewed their commitment to working together to develop bilateral relations in many fields, but there was also considerable emphasis put on regional co-operation.

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GEU Podcast: How should the EU manage relations with its eastern neighbours? – with Viola von Cramon MEP

GEU Podcast: How should the EU manage relations with its eastern neighbours? – with Viola von Cramon MEP

It’s now nearly 12-years since the establishment of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) – a joint initiative bringing together the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In this episode, Will Murray speaks to Viola von Cramon-Taubadel MEP about the EU’s neighbourhood policy to the east and how it should move forwards.
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Turkish-Russian Joint Monitoring Centre for Karabakh has started operations

Turkish-Russian Joint Monitoring Centre for Karabakh has started operations

The establishment of this Turkish-Russian Centre takes the delicate geo-politics of the Caucasus region to uncharted waters. This is the first ever visible co-operation between the Turkish and Russian military in the Caucasus - the two countries have historically considered each other as rivals in the region.
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Iranian foreign minister concludes regional tour with a meeting with the Turkish president

Iranian foreign minister concludes regional tour with a meeting with the Turkish president

Zarif is trying to carve a role for Iran in the region following the changed circumstances following the 44 day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The war ended with a victory for Azerbaijan and with the west, particularly the EU and the US appearing excluded and marginalised by the processes that have ensued since. For Iran the new situation offers both risks and opportunities, and the trip was meant to ensure that it has a role in the region in the future
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Pashinyan calls on his country's military to be optimistic about Armenia's future security environment

Pashinyan calls on his country's military to be optimistic about Armenia's future security environment

Pashinyan has faced demands for his resignation following the  autumn  military defeat, and there were even calls for the army to take over,  but the command of the Armenian armed forces insisted it was not going to get embroiled in politics and will support the constitutional order.
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Iran says it is ready for full cooperation with Azerbaijan on regional projects

Iran says it is ready for full cooperation with Azerbaijan on regional projects

In his current visit to Baku, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif,  affirmed the readiness of Iran to actively take part in economic projects in Azerbaijan via Baku's regional cooperation plan. Zarif stressed that Tehran does not consider any limits for cooperation with Baku as he spoke with his Azerbaijani counterpart,  Jeyhun Bayramov.