What the Chill in Russian-Armenian Relations Means
Jan 21, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
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- Tight ties between Armenia and Russia have long been a mainstay in the Caucasus, but rising tensions between Yerevan and Moscow could significantly undermine their relationship.
- The tensions especially threaten Armenia's military ties with Russia, although they could also impact natural gas flows between the countries.
- If the Russian-Armenian relationship continues to fray, other powers, including the United States, Iran and Turkey, could make inroads in the Caucasus country and weaken Russia's position.
- This, in turn, could force Russia to focus more on bolstering ties with one of Armenia's biggest nemeses, Azerbaijan, raising the prospect of greater instability in the region.