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Russia Again Calls for Peace Between Armenia and Azerbaijan After Broken Ceasefire

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The Russian government has renewed its call for an end to hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

According to The Guardian, Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoygu spoke to the Azeri and Armenian ministers of defence and urged them to respect the conditions of their previously agreed-upon ceasefire.

The Russian government brokered the truce on October 9, yet hardly a few minutes after signing both Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of violating it.

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Azerbaijan claims Nagorno-Karabakh because it lies within its borders. Armenia claims the territory because a majority of ethnic Armenians populate and govern it. Both sides have accused the other of ratcheting the conflict up into full-blown violence and targeting civilians.

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More than 500 people are said to have died throughout 17 days of fighting.

Big League Politics’ Richard Moorhead wrote the following about the conflict when it first broke out:

Ethnic warfare over the area first erupted in 1988 as the two nations separated from the collapsing Soviet Union, and has flared up intermittently since then.

The region is largely internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and Azeri attempts to assert sovereignty over the mountainous region have been met with fierce resistance from the local population before. The fighting exploded over the weekend when Azerbaijan attempted to move its military personnel into the area, and it appears that the latest round of fighting has been the most vicious so far.

The warfare escalated when Armenia accused Azerbaijan of deploying artillery and airstrikes against pro-Armenian fighters in the region, with Azerbaijan claiming it only used the weapons in response to Armenian attacks of the same variety.

Armenia is Christian, and Azerbaijan is Muslim. The former has conditional backing from the Russian Federation, while Azerbaijan is staunchly supported by neighboring Turkey. Many Armenians are staunch in their defense of the region as an Armenian territory, citing the legacy of the Ottoman Empire’s genocide of the Armenian population of Anatolia following World War I.

Russia is in a difficult position and it’s good to see them actively working for peace. Despite Turkey’s assistance to the Azeris, it would not be wise for Russia to give too much assistance to their Armenian allies. A large-scale regional war with the backing of major powers risks greater escalation and devastation that’s not worth it for anyone.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Endorses Donald Trump’s Reelection

Ties have grown between America and Brazil in recent years.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced his endorsement of President Donald Trump in an event signing a new trade agreement between the United States and Brazil on Tuesday in the South American country.

God willing I will be able to attend Trump’s second inauguration,” said Bolsonaro at a press conference detailing the new agreement with US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. Bolsonaro wanted to emphasize that he does not wish to “interfere” with the US election, but that his support for President Trump comes from the heart.

Bolsonaro and Trump have coordinated on policy to contain Venezuelan and Cuban-style Communism within South America. NSA O’Brien stated that relations between the US and Brazil have “never been stronger” at the trade agreement signing. The US designated Brazil a “non-NATO” ally in 2019, and the two countries have worked together on environmental policy to deter wildfires in the Amazon rainforest.

The new “mini-trade deal” signed between the two countries will regulate telecommunications exchanges between the US and Brazil. Brazil, which is the second-most populous nation in the New World with 211 million people, is an increasingly significant country in global business and diplomatic affairs.

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Bolsonaro himself is somewhat of a right-wing populist in the veins of global leaders such as Viktor Orban, Andrzej Duda, and President Trump. He won election in 2018 in a landslide, capitalizing on alienation among the Brazilian electorate for the socialist-style governments that had governed the country for over a decade, mass crime, and preferences for gun rights.

Establishment liberals frequently receive endorsement from globalist leaders across the world, and never think twice about not crying “foreign interference” in the event that it benefits them. President Bolsonaro isn’t an American, but it certainly bodes well to see the leader of the Americas’ second largest country develop a strong working relationship with President Trump.

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