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Zangezur Corridor: A new bone of contention between Baku and Yerevan

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Zangezur corridor a very sensitive stretch along with the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan heated the debate once again after Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev asked Armenia to announce a date of opening of this corridor which Armenia poses a serious threat to the territorial integrity and country’s sovereignty.

Azerbaijan president and Armenian Prime Minister after a trilateral meeting hosted by Russia in which Vladimir Putin olive branch diplomacy didn’t reduce the atmosphere of tension. Just after a few days both the countries back to the formal rhetorics and accusations.

After the statement of Ilham Aliyev on ‘Zangezur Corridor’ Armenian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday by urging Russia, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the UN Security Council, and the OSCE Minsk Group to react on the Baku statements in which Yerevan’s termed it as a threat to the territorial integrity and country’s sovereignty.

Armenia also stated that the statement of President Ilham Aliyev undermine the trilateral working group efforts for setting up a peaceful atmosphere in the region.

What’s the reality and myth of the ‘Zangezur Corridor’ and how did this dream come true for Azerbaijan according to the existing challenges it would be hard to predict.

How easy for Azerbaijan and Armenia to open the ‘Zangezur Corridor’ it seems that’s its another bone of contention between both the countries. Another important factor of the ‘Zangezur Corridor’ is the Russian’s consent that is this affordable for Moscow to accept the direct access and influence of Ankara in the South-Caucasus.

Turkish footprint has been increasing gradually and steadily in South Caucasus. For Russia to accept the increasing interface of Turkey would hardly be acceptable. Recently Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with his Turkish counterpart on his concerns about Turkish drones in Ukraine.

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