Conflict & Diplomacy

19 October 2018
Putin Splashes Out on Uzbek Trip

Commercial, military, and scientific cooperation with Tashkent are all set for a boost.

 
17 October 2018
Russia’s Grand Strategy
Is Putin using the Syria conflict to turn Turkey into Moscow’s proxy?

Is Putin using the Syria conflict to turn Turkey into Moscow’s proxy?

By Mustafa Demir
 
5 October 2018
U.S. Indicts Seven Alleged Russian Hacker-Spies Premium

Moscow hits back with claim of many deaths at secret U.S.-run bioweapons lab.

 
5 October 2018
Ukraine, Hungary Expel Diplomats in Passport Dispute Premium

Kyiv calls on Budapest to refrain from ‘unfriendly steps’ as a diplomatic row over the Hungarian minority deepens.

 
1 October 2018
Macedonian Name Change Referendum Fails Due to Low Turnout Premium

Prime Minister Zaev vows to hold vote in parliament over name change that, if approved, would pave the way for EU and NATO membership.

 
27 September 2018
Slovak Police Swoop on Kuciak Slaying Suspects Premium
The journalist’s professional-style murder rocked the country and almost took down the populist government.
 
20 September 2018
Split Heirs of Europe

Will Bulgaria follow the Visegrad group or toe the Brussels line?

By Boyko Vassilev
 
19 September 2018
Azeri, Armenian Leaders Enlist Sons in Karabakh Conflict Premium

Nikol Pashinyan lauds son’s decision to serve on the front line, declares Karabakh should be part of Armenia.

Nikol Pashinyan lauds son’s decision to serve on the front line, declares Karabakh should be part of Armenia.Nikol Pashinyan lauds son’s decision to serve on the front line, declares Karabakh should be part of Armenia.Nikol Pashinyan lauds son’s decision to serve on the front line, declares Karabakh should be part of Armenia.Nikol Pashinyan lauds son’s decision to serve on the front line, declares Karabakh should be part of Armenia.Nikol Pashinyan lauds son’s decision to serve on the front line, declares Karabakh should be part of Armenia.The son of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev has joined the armed forces, a rather unusual step for the offspring of senior officials, Eurasianet.org writes.

 

Coincidentally, or not, the son of enemy Armenia’s prime minister recently joined his country’s army too.

 

When Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced his 18-year-old son Ashot’s enlistment in May and said he would serve in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Baku called the move “cheap populism,” Eurasianet says.

 

Ilham Aliev’s son Heydar was sworn in as a member of the State Security Service on 16 September in a ceremony attended by his parents and other family members.

 

Unlike the younger Pashinyan, Heydar Aliev will not be stationed in a conflict area. He will serve with a unit based in Baku, in what Eurasianet calls “an apparent exception to the usual rule that conscripts serve outside their home region.”

 

While some Azeris hail Heydar’s patriotic step, others say he is setting a bad example. Journalist Khadija Ismayilova – once jailed after exposing corruption in high places – wrote on Facebook: “The country is at war. The president is sending his son not to the army, but to the State Security Service. That is, he does not trust the army with his son,” JAMnews says.

 

 

 

·         In July, Chief of the Armenian General Staff Artak Davtyan said 320 Armenian citizens had returned home since Prime Minister Pashinyan urged young Armenians who have gone abroad or otherwise skirted military service to come home and join the armed forces. Davtyan said 156 of the group had previously evaded their mandatory military service, JAMnews reported.

 

·         Since taking office at the head of a reform movement, Pashinyan has kept Yerevan’s close relations with unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh and even broached the normally taboo subject of incorporating it into Armenia. “I see Karabakh as part of Armenia,” he recently told Russia’s Armenian business community. Karabakh has functioned practically as an Armenian protectorate since the war with Azerbaijan ended in 1994.

 

·         A top aide to Ilham Aliev commented on Ashot Pashinyan’s deployment to the Karabakh region yesterday on Facebook. "It is necessary to ask the prime minister who says that the ‘NKR’ [Nagorno-Karabakh Republic] is an ‘independent state’ and about the need for Azerbaijan to negotiate with this ‘state’: why does your son serve in this ‘independent state’? Taking this step, he actually confirms not only the fact of occupation, but also recognizes that it is Armenia that is a party to the conflict,” Ali Hasanov wrote, as cited by Azernews.

 
18 September 2018
U.S. Defense Chief Urges ‘Yes’ Vote in Macedonia Referendum Premium

Jim Mattis accuses Russia of trying to scuttle deal with Greece.

 
18 September 2018
Poland in More Hot Water Over Judicial Reforms Premium

Warsaw could be hit with further EU sanctions this week, reports say.

 

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