Issue Brief on “Russian Interests in the Nagorno-Karabagh Conflict”

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On October 31, 2020, in a letter to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan formally requested the Russian Federation to ensure Armenia’s security given the escalating conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh (N-K) conflict.[1]

Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the N-K region (located in South Caucasus) began in late September this year.[2] The conflict is a decades-old phenomenon which technically erupted in the year 1988. Hostilities between the two countries over the N-K region led to a full-scale war which began in 1988 and lasted till 1994.[3]

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