Armenia, Azerbaijan Clashes Test Russia’s Support for Regional Ally

A brand new spherical of combating erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan, threatening to unravel a cease-fire brokered by the Kremlin and testing its assist for conventional allies through the conflict in Ukraine.

The violence, which is among the many deadliest because the finish of a conflict between the 2 international locations in 2020, is the most recent safety problem in Russia’s sphere of affect since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February. Remoted by the West through the conflict, Russia has diminished leverage over a few of its erstwhile companions within the post-Soviet world.