May 2009

Azerbaijan: Is Baku Offering A Natural Gas Carrot To Moscow For Help With Karabakh?

By Shahin Abbasov

As talk of a potential Nagorno-Karabakh deal gains momentum, Azerbaijan appears to be making serious overtures toward Russia in hopes that the Kremlin will push Armenia to make key concessions, analysts in Baku believe. As an incentive, Azerbaijan is playing one of its most strategic cards - cooperation in the natural gas sector.