Daily Memo: Russia’s Backyard, Iran’s Cabinet

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GPF Staff |July 19, 2018

It’s a relatively slow news day for us – a welcome reprieve from an eventful week that featured a Trump-Putin summit, an EU-Japan free trade agreement and rumors of opposition to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s rule. But this is a trap. God is always in the details, and for every blockbuster headline in Helsinki, there’s another one someplace else. They may not be as sexy, but they are no less important.

Take the Caucasus. Relations between Russia and Armenia, Moscow’s stalwart ally in the region, are potentially deteriorating. Armenian media reported yesterday that villagers were frightened by recent Russian military drills carried out near their homes. The story grew legs. Armenia’s defense minister raised the issue with the commander of the Russian base and publicly urged Russia to work more closely with his ministry. Then, Armenia’s prime minister described the incident as a “provocation,” a serious blow to otherwise good relations. All things considered, this i

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