WASHINGTON, Oct 24 — S&P Global Ratings downgraded the outlook on Azerbaijan’s debt to negative, even while holding the credit rating stable at BB+ amid the rising risks from the conflicted ignited in September with neighbouring Armenia.
“The military confrontation could exacerbate Azerbaijan’s economic, external, and fiscal vulnerabilities at a time when the economy has been weakened by Covid-19 and the collapse in oil prices,” S&P said in a statement.
The conflict will weigh on the nation’s economy and finances as it “may take quite some time to resolve.”
Hundreds have already been killed in the latest flare-up of fighting over Karabakh, a region of Azerbaijan long controlled by ethnic Armenian separatists.
Efforts by world governments to broker a peace have so far failed. — AFP