Moscow, Russia – The Nagorno-Karabakh crisis between Azerbaijan and Armenia is on the agenda of the international press. Reuters cited an analysis of the area where Russian peacekeepers entered after the signing. “Russia has drawn a red line to Turkey on Russia’s southern flank with the Nagorno – Karabakh agreement,” he said.
The Nagorno-Karabakh crisis between Azerbaijan and Armenia ended when Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan admitted defeat. A joint statement was signed, mediated by Russia, and it was decided to create a peacekeeping force in the Nagorno-Karabakh and Lachin corridor. A peacekeeping force consisting of 1,960 soldiers, 90 armored personnel carriers, 380 vehicles and special equipment will patrol the corridor where the Russian troops will be located.
These developments in the region are also on the agenda of the international press. Reuters news agency cited an analysis of what happened in Nagorno-Karabakh. The analysis, titled” Putin drew a red line to Turkey on Russia’s southern flank with the Nagorno – Karabakh agreement, ” commented that Russia, who took on the role of mediator, prevented the strengthening of Turkey’s presence in the region, which he considered his backyard.
In the continuation of the analysis, the following definitions are made:
Six weeks of intense clashes between Azerbaijani and ethnic Armenian forces have put Russia’s influence in the South Caucasus, formerly part of the Soviet Union, to the test. Moscow considers this region crucial for defending its own southern flank.
Three previous truce attempts, at least one of which had been brokered by Russia, had ended in failure. But in the end, Russia has fulfilled its dream of deploying peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh, which Russia has dreamed of for at least 20 years. The peacekeeping force will remain in the region for at least five years and can be renewed again. Russia has so far kept out Turkish troops who will be stationed at the ceasefire observation centre outside its territory.
This increases Russia’s military influence, significantly ending the geopolitical rivalry between Russia and Turkey in the region. A similar rivalry continues between the two countries in Syria and Libya.
In fact, Russia has prevented the total control of Nagorno-Karabakh, which it says is only days away from the fall of Armenian forces, from being completely controlled by Azerbaijanis supported by Turkey. In addition, Russia’s influence in the region, which mediated the agreement, for which Turkey is not a signatory, was confirmed.
“The deal points in many ways to Russia’s main interests in conflicts and is probably the best outcome Russia can achieve, at least in the short term”, the Eurasia Group’s research note said.” Russia has deployed 2,000 peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh. This is something Moscow has wanted to do since 1994 but has not been able to do. Turkish peacekeepers will not be military, which is very important for Russia,” the statement.
Turkey will probably not feel too disappointed about the course of events, the statement said.
“Turkey continues its role, but this is clearly a secondary role compared to Russia, ” the Eurasia Group’s research note said. Turkey probably has no problem with this. Turkey’s military support for Azerbaijan made a big difference, while it was not too costly for Turkey and allowed Turkey to gain a nationalist gain and some advantages over Russia,” the statement said.