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

A new round of fighting erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan, threatening to unravel a cease-fire brokered by the Kremlin and testing its support for traditional allies during the war in Ukraine.

The violence, which is among the deadliest since the end of a war between the two countries in 2020, is the latest security challenge in Russia’s sphere of influence since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February. Isolated by the West during the war, Russia has diminished leverage over some of its erstwhile partners in the post-Soviet world.

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