Russia’s military occupied two new sites in the south of Armenia near the Azeri border as an “additional security guarantee” following last year’s war, Russian news agencies reported, citing Armenia’s acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan. The move gives Moscow a bigger footprint in a region where it sent extra troops last year to keep the peace, under an agreement that ended a six-week war in which Azeri forces made far-reaching territorial gains against Armenians. Syunik is a strategic strip of Armenia located between Azerbaijan, the Azeri exclave of Nakhchivan, and Iran. The Armenian defence minister said in February that Yerevan wanted Russia to expand its presence and deploy troops closer to Azerbaijan. To read the full story, check out the article of Reuters.