American newspaper: “Armenian-Azerbaijan” conflict could be a new battleground between Russia and Turkey

Selava Omar –

The American newspaper “Washington Times” reported, that one of the longest frozen conflicts in Eastern Europe has exploded into a hot war in recent days, as the bloody clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed “Nagorny Karabakh” region threatening to draw nearby Turkey and Russia into a direct military confrontation.

And while Moscow has long supported Christian Armenia, Ankara has openly supported Muslim Azerbaijan.

Regional analysts say that the situation has become more complex and dangerous in the recent period, amid escalating tension between Turkey and Russia on other fronts in Syria, to Libya and the eastern Mediterranean.

The Artsakh / Karabakh dispute has also become increasingly linked to the dispute between Moscow and Ankara over oil and gas pipelines running through the region.

As the United States and the European Union seek to exert influence, concerns are growing about the prospect of an all-out regional war that could draw larger players into the conflict.

Amid confusion on the ground, analysts called on world powers to intensify pressure on both sides – as well as their backers in Russia and Turkey – to resolve the situation diplomatically.

Where analysts say tensions between Turkey and Russia are rising over oil and gas pipelines near the mostly mountainous Artsakh / Karabakh region, an area the size of Delaware.

And energy sector experts have been warning for some time that the infrastructure controlled by Turkey and Azerbaijan involved in shipping oil and gas from the Caspian Sea to global markets is located near combat zones.

Specifically, there are pipelines under construction through Georgia and Turkey, the completion of which could significantly reduce Western Europe’s dependence on Russian gas supplies.

Turkey and Armenia also have a complex and bloody history, as “Yerevan” presses through a global campaign accusing the Ottoman Empire of carrying out genocide against Armenians.

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