The Republic of Artsakh is a republic with limited recognition in the South Caucasus region. The Republic of Artsakh controls most of the territory of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (before the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, it also controlled some of the surrounding area). It is recognized by only three other non-UN member states, Abkhazia,South Ossetia and Transnistria. The rest of the international community recognizes Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan. In November 2012, a member of Uruguay‘s foreign relations committee stated that his country could recognize Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence. In 2012, Armenia and Tuvalu established diplomatic relations and it was expected that Tuvalu may recognize Artsakh’s independence. In October 2012, the Australian state of New South Wales recognized Nagorno-Karabakh. In September 2014, the Basque Parliament in Spain adopted a motion supporting Artsakh’s right to self-determination and in November 2014, the Parliament of Navarre, also in Spain, issued a statement supporting Artsakh’s inclusion in taking part in settlement negotiations.
At the present, no diplomatic missions of other countries exist in Artsakh. On the other hand, the republic has built a small network of representative offices around the world. Currently it has representative offices in seven countries.
The Republic of Artsakh and the partially recognized Republic of Abkhazia recognize each other. Both states abolished visa requirements for their citizens and participate in the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations.