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‘Russia, Turkey Will Find A Way To Cooperate In High Stakes Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict”

NEW DELHI: With the Armenia-Azerbaijan military conflict showing no sign of de-escalation, the former has released pictures of one of its Sukhoi-25 warplanes which it said was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet over Armenian airspace, killing the pilot. Yerevan says the F-16 flew from the ‘Ganja’ airport in Azerbaijan. Turkey and Azerbaijan have rejected the statement. Armenia and Azerbaijan are refusing to accept international calls for a ceasefire over Nagorno Karabakh or Astrakh, an ethnic-Armenian region that broke away from Azerbaijan in the 1990s. The former Soviet republics both claim to have inflicted heavy losses on opposing forces, since fighting erupted on September 27. “It isn’t very appropriate to speak of a summit between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia at a time of intensive hostilities,” Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told Russia’s Interfax news agency, adding, “a suitable atmosphere and conditions are needed for negotiations.” Dr Zaur Gasimov, an expert on the region, says “Russia is the most significant player, having interwoven, multi-layered relationships with both Armenia and Azerbaijan.” Speaking to StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi, Dr Gasimov, who’s from the University of Bonn, acknowledges “long term differences of interests” between Russia and Turkey but feels the two “will find a way to cooperate and respect each other’s interests” in the Caucasus, like they have in other areas.

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When the latest fighting started, Turkey’s Foreign Minister immediately extended support “both on the field and at the negotiation table”. Their leaders often refer to “one nation and two states”. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has also vowed to stand by Azerbaijan “with all its resources and heart”. Dr Gasimov though feels Russia holds the key to the region. It has a mutual defence pact with Armenia and a military base there but also has defence and historical relations with Azerbaijan. Moscow is also Turkey’s main energy supplier and a key defence equipment and trading partner to the NATO member state.

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The 'Eye' of the story not the 'I' of the story. That's Amitabh Pashupati Revi's credo from the beginning of his professional journey in 1995. From conflicts in the war zones of Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq to nuances of international politics in the Maldives,Thailand, and South Sudan, Amitabh has reported from all the world's continents, except for Antarctica(so far). Though, he has documented the world's third pole, the Siachen Glacier!
Amitabh reports and produces documentaries on the two-front China-Pakistan threat to India. His ground reports from Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh have received viewership in the hundreds of thousands. Amitabh has interviewed world leaders, top global analysts, and experts in India, Russia, the United States, and Australia as well. Along the way, he’s picked up the Russian language, the Ramnath Goenka Award for his reporting on the 'Islamic State' terrorist group in Iraq, the Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria, and the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship. Last but not least, as a founder member of StratNews Global, Amitabh helps lead the reporting, editorial, production, and administration teams at StratNews Global, BharatShakti, and InterStellar on their journey ahead.