Upheaval in Kyrgyzstan
As a result of the confrontations, president Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who still remains in office, declared the state of emergency in the capital until October 21, ordering the armed forces to organize so as to combat the instability. Prime minister Kubatbek Boronov resigned last Tuesday, after electoral results were declared invalid, but protestors are still calling for the president’s resignation.
Former president Almazbek Atambayev, who was sentenced to over 11 years of prison on corruption charges, was released this week by protesters, after which he was allegedly the victim of an assassination attempt in Bishkek.
These developments are being closely followed by Russia, who still retains a large degree of influence in the region, while still not involving itself directly.
Developments in Nagorno-Karabakh
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh seems not to slow down. According to Armenian president Nikol Pashinyan, Russia is reported to have an agreement where it considers a threat to Armenian territorial security as a threat to its own security, although the latter is reluctant to involve itself in the conflict.
On the other hand, Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu declared his support to Azerbaijan in the conflict, although the situation is reaching an alarming point for Iran, who seems in the conflict a high probability of collateral damage. The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani met with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, having brought these concerns to the table.
Recently, Canada has also suspended the sale of arms to Turkey, after reports that these were being sent to Azerbaijan.
- Turkey withdrew the drillship Yavuz from Cypriot waters, de-escalating the tension between Cyprus, Greece and the European Union.
- The Head of Saudi Arabia’s Chambers of commerce has called for a boycott on Turkish goods, in response to the hostilities from Turkey against Saudis.
- Taiwan wants to spend more in Defense. After a conference between officials from Taiwan and United States, the Taiwanese have proposed a budget of 15.2 billion dollars in American military equipment acquisition (a 10% increase over 2019’s budget.
- The Turkish lira hit a new low, to 7,8787 per dollar, after a warning from the US to not test the Russian-made S-400 air defense system, recovering slightly by the end of the week to 7,93 per dollar.
- Fatah and Hamas have reached as agreement to stabilize the internal political division in Palestine.
- The UK and Ukraine have reached a partnership agreement to counter Russian influence.
- Due to the political instability in Belarus and their accusations of encouraging the government opposition, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Slovakia have recalled their ambassadors for “consultations”.
- The Iranian Foreign Minister has visited China, on Friday, for discussions about bilateral partnerships and regional and international political issues.
- The death of Mohammad Reza Shajarian, an Iranian anti-government vocalist, brought thousands of people to a memorial, outside of the hospital, that quickly turned into a anti-government protest with chants of “death to the dictator”.