Russia Will Assist Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, Threatening a Regional War

Turkey reiterates support for rival Azerbaijan

Three ceasefires up and three ceasefires down in Nagorno-Karabakh, the war is looking not only poised to continue, but to expand across the entire region, as major powers are positioning themselves as committed to one side or the other.

Over the weekend, the Russian Federation has committed to commit “all necessary assistance” to Armenia if the conflict looks to expand outside Nagorno-Karabakh. That indeed looks very likely, with Azerbaijan already claiming their cities have been hit outside of the enclave.

Russia isn’t the only exterior power likely to get involved,  as Turkey has been praising Azerbaijan’s efforts to “liberate the occupied Karabakh” and seems quite eager to jump in against Armenia.

While NATO has been encouraging peace, Turkey seems to be egging Azerbaijan on, and Russia’s comments seem likely to encourage Armenia to keep supporting the secessionist Nagorno-Karabakh.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.