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Tangible results of Azerbaijan’s movement towards Russia over the last few months is the development of bilateral cooperation.
The signing of the treaty on alliance and strategic partnership marks the culmination of the tactic Russia has been employing with regard to Abkhazia since May.
The deepening political crisis and the weakening of the pro-Western wing of Georgian Dream may lead to a slowdown in the processes of reform.
Georgia has thus far been West-oriented in political and civilisational terms, but it appears that its future direction is not yet preordained.
The construction of the second branch of the Baku–Tbilisi–Erzurum gas pipeline began on 20 September in Baku.
Despite the good results, the scale of Georgian Dream’s victory is less than pre-election expectations.
Western firms are withdrawing from projects linked to the Southern Corridor probably due to the declining commercial attractiveness of these projects.
The crisis in Abkhazia is still internal and for the time being cannot be regarded in terms of civilisation and political choices.
By deciding to join the Customs Union, Armenia has relinquished yet more of its sovereignty in the areas of domestic and foreign policy and the economy to Russia.
The undisguised purpose of appointment of a new Prime Minister is to strengthen the government, both against internal and external challenges.