Immediately upon viewing the regions near the Seas you note the nine (9) nations:
Ukraine (armed conflicts in Novorussia & Crimea), Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran in that Russian diplomacy faces NATO challenges.
Meanwhile as mass-media headline armed violence in Syria and Ukraine borders, please keep the entire region in focus as the war escalates or for new diplomatic efforts to emerge. And I am surprised I have not found more diplomacy from neighboring countries; if you read about diplomacy then please share what you found.
The state of world affairs are so bad that virtually no diplomacy for peace comes from the West or the United Nations.
Why isn’t there a diplomatic peace consortium of nations being held, is the question that should be asked by everyone each time a world war headline is in the news.
The so-called Washington leadership has the White House escalating NATO military activities, paying private military contractors (or mercenaries) as well as leading the campaign for economic sanctions against Russia.
Recently heavy military assets (including long range missiles that can target to/from Land, Sea, and Air) have been strategically placed along the Russian border by NATO/Kiev forces and Russia.
Putin said: “Armenia is Russia’s strategic partner in South Caucasus” (this is the northern border for Iran and Turkey as well), and I wonder about the possible covert operations that could spark a military campaign in any of those nations.
Putin also accused Ukraine of trying to provoke a new conflict over Crimea…
Not only are cool heads needed, but also intentional focus on stopping the war before it escalates.
Look at the map below for a glimpse into the NATO/Kiev strategy:
Below is a ethnolinguistic (cultural linguistics) map providing more information:
If the war continues to escalate with NATO confronting Russian military the resulting Ukraine map may eventually look more closely to this:
Who knows the outcome for certain?
The point being that, some organized force is financing and pursuing armed conflict where civilians are being harmed and family-cultural relations are threatened.
War is a Racket.