Yerevan/Moscow/Baku: Russia has assured that if the ongoing Armenia-Azerbaijan war becomes more comprehensive, Russia will provide Armenia with all necessary support. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had written to President Vladimir Putin demanding defence cooperation from the country. The letter mentions Turkey’s open support to Azerbaijan in the war while also reminding Russia of its 1997 deal with Armenia. A severe reaction emerged from Azerbaijan over the potential Russia-Armenia cooperation with its President warning against the involvement of any other country in the conflict.
The battle broke out between the Central Asian nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan on September 27th. Despite appeals from the international community, both countries have refused to back down. The efforts to establish a ceasefire have only resulted in flaring the war further. The current state of the war is said to be attributed to the aggressive behaviour of Turkey, which has extended its support to Azerbaijan.
In the past two weeks, Azerbaijan is believed to have taken control of some parts from Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas. Azerbaijan, therefore, appears to have attained a slight lead in the war. To gain more ground, Azerbaijan will most likely attack Armenia with Turkey’s assistance. Given the possibility, the Armenian Prime Minister has reminded Russia of the defence pact.
As per the deal, Russia can supply arms to Armenia. Russia is even said to have a military base in the country. Russia thus holds strategic significance for Armenia. Although Russian President Putin has assured Armenia of assistance, he had also clearly stated that they would step into the war if it reaches the Armenian territory.
The battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan between 1991 and 1994 had claimed the lives of 30,000 people. Also, more than 200 were killed in the conflict between them in 2016. During both wars, Russia had provided military assistance to Armenia.