Ties with Azerbaijan are too important for Ankara to risk offending Baku by a rushed reconciliation with Armenia; and its interest in regional leadership too great for it to play the West’s game against Russia.
Moldova is a key component of the EU’s Eastern Partnership to be launched in Prague next week. But Bucharest’s call for its ‘reunification’ with Romania on ethnic and linguistic grounds, dramatised in riots by pro-Romanian elements in Chisinau in April, creates a serious contradiction at the heart of the Union’s Eastern Partnership scheme
Bordering Afghanistan, Central Asia’s second smallest republic (population 7.7 million) is caught between a disastrous fall in income from its migrant workers abroad and the offer of American money for the use of its territory for transit to Afghanistan.
As General Patreus, head of US Central Command, continues to tour ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, seeking bases for logistic support to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, experts see traps for both sides and fear the region’s destabilisation.