JRL NEWSWATCH: “Armenia, Azerbaijan Agree to Develop War-Ravaged Nagorno-Karabakh” – Wall Street Journal/ Ann M. Simmons
“A Russian-brokered peace deal appears to be holding but challenges over POWs and displaced people have yet to be resolved.”
“… Deep-seated hostilities [reportedly] will make it tough for Armenians and Azeris to live side by side, at least in the short term …. [T]he region [has a] history of ethnic animosity between … largely Christian Armenians and mostly Muslim, Turkic-speaking Azeris. … Russian troops [expected] … for at least … five years, in accordance with the peace agreement … arouse a mixture of gratitude and distrust …. Moscow had no forces in Azerbaijan until now. Some analysts … warn … the Kremlin could leverage the peacekeeping … into a permanent military deployment in both countries … work[ing] to integrate the militaries of the former Soviet states into Russian-dominated command structures. …”
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