Azerbaijan-India relations to stay in co-operation despite ‘geopolitical differences’
1 October, 2022 | Pranay Lad
Azerbaijan is cautious to ensure that its growing alignment with Pakistan does not harm its relations with India because the two countries are committed to working together despite having “ma...
Azerbaijan is cautious to ensure that its growing alignment with Pakistan does not harm its relations with India because the two countries are committed to working together despite having “many geopolitical issues.”
Mahammad Mammadov, a Research Fellow at the Topchubashov Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, said in a statement for New Eastern Europe magazine that India declined to invite Azerbaijan to the BRICS summit and further prevented India and Bhutan from reportedly signing a declaration voicing NAM countries with Azerbaijan after radical Shia groups stormed the Azerbaijani embassy in London on August 4.
Widening economic links between Baku and New Delhi prevented the harm to bilateral relationships between the two countries from lasting for too long. The growing split between the two nations was mostly caused by diplomatic affinities in the Nagorno-Karabakh and Kashmir crises.
In addition, India decided to increase its assistance for Armenia while maintaining its “principled approach” to the Karabakh conflict as India’s foreign ministry urged the aggressor side to immediately halt hostilities, according to New Eastern Europe magazine.
In terms of cooperative military exercises and military education initiatives, the military connections between Azerbaijan and Pakistan have also improved.
However, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the sanctions imposed by the west on Russia soon provided new opportunities for Azerbaijan and India to put their differences aside and cooperate in mutually beneficial areas, according to a report by News Eastern Europe citing Mammadov. India became Azerbaijan’s fourth-largest export partner in the first half of 2022.
China is raising tensions in the South Caucasus area, particularly in Azerbaijan, with the support of Pakistan in an effort to circumvent Russia and establish connections with Europe and the Middle East.
China has recently increased the scope of its BRI initiatives. For the past ten years, Beijing has been constructing transportation lines via Europe that avoid Russia.
Due to its role as a bridge between the Middle East, China, Russia, and Europe, the South Caucasus area has significant geopolitical implications.
Second, it is China’s demonstration of might in order to improve connectivity in the area.
The attempt by China to increase its influence in Azerbaijan seems quite likely given that the government of Azerbaijan is now looking into a covert military flight that left Macao, China, for Yerevan, Armenia, according to Portal Plus.