04 October 2022

Azerbaijan frees 17 Armenian prisoners as US mediates


The move highlights the growing Western engagement in the volatile Caucasus region, where Russia -- distracted by its war in Ukraine -- is visibly losing influence after decades of domination. Last month, at least 286 people were killed on both sides before a US-brokered truce ended the worst clashes since the neighbours' 2020 war. Baku and Yerevan fought two wars -- in 2020 and in the 1990s -- over the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-populated enclave of Azerbaijan. "I highly [...]