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Iran Russia South Caucasus

Russian-Iranian competition heats up in South Caucasus (Kirill Semenov, Al Monitor)

During Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian’s visit to Moscow on Oct. 5, one of the main topics of the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov was rising tensions in Iranian-Azerbaijani ties. At a press conference in the Russian capital, Iran’s top diplomat voiced a range of complaints against Baku, focusing on Azerbaijan’s dealings with Israel. In turn, Lavrov made it clear that Russia is “against the buildup of military activity” in the South Caucasus and “against provocative exercises,” which should have been a signal to the Iranian side about the need to reduce the tension.

Russian-Iranian competition heats up in South Caucasus  – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

 

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China India South Caucasus

South Caucasus States Keen to Cash in on China’s, India’s Transportation Expansion (Aslan Doukaev, The Jamestown Foundation)

With the emergence of China and other manufacturing powerhouses in Asia that constantly seek access to new markets, the Caucasus has become attractive as a transit route for the movement of goods between the two parts of the Eurasian continent. Georgia (and by extension Armenia) have a historic chance to capitalize on this economic reality.

South Caucasus States Keen to Cash in on China’s, India’s Transportation Expansion – Jamestown