Russia is making common cause with Iran and its Persian Gulf neighbours in a bid to kickstart the much touted “new world order”, albeit at the risk of becoming entirely beholden to West Asia’s main players.
Moscow’s carrot-and-stick diplomacy routinely receives a lukewarm response from Tbilisi, yet Georgia’s top brass has proven time and time again that its tough talk on Russia cannot be taken at face value.
The war in Ukraine has all but turbocharged the inevitable coalescing of both the Russian and Iranian rogue states, which are bound solely by their blatant disregard for the rules-based international order. This reality is of particular relevance to the security of the South Caucasus.
The Kremlin has done little to forestall the mass exodus of draft dodgers, suggesting that this announcement could have been a fear-mongering charade aimed at flooding Europe and Central Asia with disaffected young Russians.
In the eastern parts of the European continent, 1918 is remembered not only as the end of the First World War, but also saw the emergence of newly-independent states and the rise of geopolitical struggles which are felt until this day.