Putin’s War in Ukraine Is Putting Azerbaijan in a Bind

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev speaks during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 22, 2022 (Sputnik photo by Mikhail Klimentyev via AP).
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev speaks during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 22, 2022 (Sputnik photo by Mikhail Klimentyev via AP).

On Feb. 22, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visited Moscow at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin at what was a sensitive moment—just a day after Moscow officially recognized the independence of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, and a day before Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the country. The main agenda of Aliyev’s visit was to sign a new declaration that upgraded the two countries’ relationship to one of “allied cooperation.” The declaration expresses both sides’ intention of strengthening cooperation across a wide range of fields, including regional security issues, military ties, energy and trade, while […]

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