Reflections

Armenia's Fair-Weather Allies

Apr 6, 2016 | 23:18 GMT
Soldiers take part in a joint exercise of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Peacekeeping Forces at a training ground in Armenia on September 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KAREN MINASYAN (Photo credit should read KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers in Armenia participate in a joint military exercise of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which recently declined to intervene on the country's behalf in the latest Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
(KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

As fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region tapers off, the efficacy of various alliance structures in the former Soviet territories is being called into question. When the conflict began five days ago, Armenian leaders turned to the country's largest backer, Russia, and to its primary military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Since then, media in the Caucasus have been abuzz with questions over whether the CSTO and Russia would intervene to support Armenia in the conflict. But so far, neither has even considered it. ...

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