Armenia marks new era with French military purchases

Neil Hauer in Yerevan November 28, 2023

After its army was battered in the 2020 Second Karabakh War, and with its traditional supplier, Russia, both unable and unwilling to send arms shipments, Yerevan has been desperately seeking other procurement partners.

Turkey equipping Moscow’s war machine, data shows

bne IntelIiNews November 27, 2023

While Ankara records show “dual-use” goods going to Central Asia and Caucasus, trade registry discrepancies across region indicate items actually go to Russia.

Azerbaijan arrests independent journalists amidst claims of foreign espionage

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2023

The crackdown follows a state media campaign alleging that there is a "network of U.S. spies" operating in the country that needs to be "cleansed".

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

Serbia moves away from dependence on Russian gas with new Azerbaijan supply deal

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2023

Serbia has agreed to buy 400mn cubic metres of natural gas a year from Azerbaijan from 2024, diversifying away from Russia.

COMMENT: US, Europe, and Russia jostle for influence in the South Caucasus

Zachary Weiss in Tbilisi November 6, 2023

More than a month after Azerbaijan attacked ethnic Armenians living in its Nagorno-Karabakh region, displacing 120,000 people, foreign political influence in the Caucasus is still shifting.

Turkey fails to respond to Iran call for ban on shipping oil to Israel

bne IntelIiNews November 2, 2023

At an Ankara press conference, Turkey’s top diplomat leaves boycott appeal voiced by his Iranian counterpart hanging in the air.

COMMENT: Aliyev could still lose in the Great Game he started

Robert Ananyan in Yerevan November 1, 2023

The Azerbaijani dictator is refusing to engage with the European format of negotiations with Armenia but the West could still force him to take part.

UAE's Masdar to build 1 GW of clean energy plants in Azerbaijan in first phase

Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles November 1, 2023

The strategic agreements cover the first phase of a 10-GW pipeline of renewable energy projects in Azerbaijan signed in June 2022.

Oil continues to flow to Israel via Turkey despite Erdogan’s vehement speeches on plight of Gaza

bne IntelIiNews October 30, 2023

Observers recall 2020 Netanyahu comment that Turkish leader “used to call me Hitler every three hours, now it’s every six hours but thank God trade with Turkey is up’”.

Turkmenistan: Homage to Anatolia

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin October 27, 2023

Turkey will be key to ensuring Turkmenistan can get its gas riches to customers in Europe. This and more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke Bulletin.

Armenia unveils Crossroads of Peace initiative as Silk Road forum kicks off in Georgia

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi October 27, 2023

Plan proposes that Azerbaijan and Turkey reopen their land borders and connect through several routes passing through Armenia.

COMMENT: When there is no conflict in the South Caucasus, there will be no need for Russia there

Robert Ananyan in Yerevan October 26, 2023

It is realistic to expect Armenia's strategic turn to the West and Russia's final withdrawal from the South Caucasus after the settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani and Armenian-Turkish relations.

Iran calls on Russia to stop UN resolution against Palestine

bne IntelIiNews October 24, 2023

Iran used October 23’s so-called “3+3” meeting intended to discuss the Armenian-Azerbaijan situation to urge Russia to thwart a United Nations Security Council resolution on Palestine.

State Department denies Blinken warned about risk of Azerbaijan attacking Armenia

Ani Avetisyan October 16, 2023

Fears of a new escalation have grown in Armenia since Azerbaijan’s attack on Nagorno-Karabakh in late September, with many fearing that Baku might want to take the “Zangezur corridor” in the south.

Absent Armenia remains elephant in room as Putin prepares for CIS summit in Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelIiNews October 13, 2023

Trip abroad is Russian leader’s first since International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest.

COMMENT: The new Iran – Azerbaijan transit route reflects shifting geopolitical realities

Fuad Shahbazov October 12, 2023

The revised Zangezur Corridor project through Iran will enable Azerbaijan to restore diplomatic relations and facilitate trade with its big neighbour, while Armenia will remain in play as a future partner for regional transport connections.

ING: Azerbaijan at inflection point following retaking of Karabakh

Dmitry Dolgin, James Wilson October 12, 2023

As a low-risk financial powerhouse, gas-rich country would be an attractive borrower, if it were to need the money.

Aliyev says Tehran and Baku have agreed on corridor to Nakhchivan via Iran

bne IntelIiNews October 11, 2023

Tehran had expressed its opposition to the idea of the so-called Zangezur corridor, which would cross Armenia’s Syunik province and effectively disconnect Iran from its partner in the Caucasus.

Armenia refuses to take part in CIS summit and CSTO military drills in Kyrgyzstan

Ani Avetisyan October 11, 2023

No shows are more signs of the worsening relations with Russia, Armenia's onetime ally and protector.