Armenia pulled into Russia-Turkey clash in Syria

The Washington Times covers how the Russia-Turkey spat is spilling over into the Caucasus and how it is generating debate over whether Armenia has become a satellite state of Russia. In the aftermath of Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane, Russia is beefing up its military presence in Armenia near the Turkish border. Yerevan does not have any true allies in the region and is dependent on Russia for its security. Additionally, Moscow can use the Azeri-Armenian conflict over the contested Nagorno Karabakh region conflict to bully Armenia into accepting Russian demands. Turkey is allied with Azerbijan and Russia supplies arms to both sides.


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