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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev speak to the media in Berlin on Jan. 21. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Armenia and Azerbaijan Feel the Effects of the Ukraine Standoff

With Russia's attention drawn to Ukraine, the two Caucasus countries have become more important regionally and in the broader geopolitical conflict between Moscow and the West.

A worker welds together pieces of the South Stream pipeline in 2013. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe and Russia After South Stream

The pipeline project has been laid to rest but both sides are already considering replacements.

Russia Keeps a Wary Eye on the Trans-Caspian Pipeline

Moscow has again expressed its disapproval of the project, which would circumvent Russia's natural gas supplies and transport network.