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Gordon Reiterates Washington’s Backing for Quick Karabakh Settlement

The United States is committed to ensuring a quick resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs said on Tuesday.

Russia Must Recognize Karabakh’s Independence, Says Russian Duma Leader

“If Nagorno-Karabakh declares independence, then Russia must recognize that,” a leading member of the Russian Parliament said on Friday, speaking at the European and Asian Media Forum in Moscow.

Armenian Deployment In Afghanistan Set For February

Armenia will send a small contingent of troops to Afghanistan in February to help the United States and its NATO allies fight the Taliban insurgency, according to the Armenian military.

Nagorno-Karabakh: War, Peace, Or BATNA?

When Presidents Serzh Sarkisian of Armenia and Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan meet in St. Petersburg, they are expected to reach a breakthrough on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the military phase of which was ended 15 years ago by what has become the world’s longest self-maintained cease-fire.

Russian, US Diplomats Discuss Karabakh

MOSCOW–The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed in talks Tuesday between the US Ambassador to Russia John Bayerli and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, the Russian Foreign Ministry website revealed. On the agenda of their meeting was a discussion of the former Soviet Union’s unresolved conflicts, focusing on the conflicts in Georgia’s breakaway regions of South

Gul Claims Regional Energy Cooperation to Boost Peace

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)–Turkish President Abdullah Gul Friday claimed that regional cooperation in energy would contribute to regional peace, stability and welfare. "Energy safety requires development of cooperation among energy producing, consuming and transit countries, and we should turn our mutual independence in energy projects, like Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, into a lucrative cooperation that brings together regional

Russia Backing Iran-Armenia Rail Link

TEHRAN (Iran Daily)–Russia could participate in the construction of a major railroad linking Iran and Armenia, according to the president of Russia Railroads. President of Russia Railroads Vladimir Yakunin said the company is ready to participate in the construction of the rail line should Iran, Armenia and Russia agree on the project’s finance, Fars News

Turkish Foreign Minister Upbeat on Normalizing Ties with Armenia

ISTANBUL (DPA)–Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ali Babacan on Friday expressed optimism that long-running disputes between Turkey and Armenia, and Armenia and Azerbaijan can be resolved and that Turkey was determined to push forward in the interests of regional peace. "These two tracks could move fast because there is good political will," Babacan said at a meeting

Russa, Turkey Competing for Influence in Caucasus, Says Safrastyan

YEREVAN–Turkey and Russia are competing for strategic influence over the South Caucasus, waging their struggle for regional dominance in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Director of the Oriental Institute at the National Academy of Sciences in Armenia’said on Wednesday. “Today Russia and Turkey are struggling for the South Caucasus, and the Karabakh conflict is one of the most