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Dmitry Medvedev

Here's why a 'frozen' conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has gotten hot

Here's why a 'frozen' conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has gotten hot

For more than two decades, a little-noticed conflict in a remote, landlocked sliver of the former Soviet Union has resembled a chronic disease: Every time it appeared to be dormant, a relapse snapped it back to life.

Each spring or summer, troops from Azerbaijan would clash with ethnic Armenians over the breakaway enclave, Nagorno-Karabakh. They would exchange fire, shoot a soldier or two, capture and swap prisoners. Then Azeri, Armenian and separatist officials would exchange derogatory diatribes and accuse each other of breaking a 1994 cease-fire.

But this spring, things were different.

More than a hundred soldiers, volunteers and civilians have been killed this month,...

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