How many have considered the impact of recent wars erupting between neighbors of Russia? This week sees Nancy Pelosi announcing solidarity with Armenia in their local conflict with Azerbaijan. Today, we learn of Tajikistan clashes with Kyrgyz forces.
According to Kyrgyzstan, Tajik forces again open fire on its outposts and clashes take place along the border with Tajik forces using tanks, armored vehicles, and mortars. Tajikistan accuses Kyrgyz forces of shelling one of its outposts and several villages. How did this conflict begin?
A border conflict began between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on 28 April 2021. The events regarding the conflict’s outbreak are disputed, but clashes reportedly began due to an old water dispute between the two Central Asian countries. Some sources report an immediate reason for the conflict was the dissatisfaction of the local population with the installation of surveillance cameras near the border. At least 55 people were killed in the events and more than 40,000 civilians were displaced. In January 2022, sporadic clashes resumed, killing at least 2 Tajik nationals and wounding many more.
Jewish TV Channel recently published breaking news of the latest round of clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In that clash, energy supplies to the EU plays a pivotal role as Europe seeks alternative fuel sources from Russia. The conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has its roots in water supply, another vital regional commodity.
As we see Russian and Western involvement in these local conflicts, there are other major international players. Iran and Azerbaijan share, to a large extent, the same history, religion, ethnicity, and culture. The territory of what is now called the Republic of Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, China supports Azerbaijan’s development path independently chosen by its people. The two sides need to view and plan for bilateral relations.