Nagorno-Karabakh Is No More

By Pepe Escobar

October 02, 2023 – Information Clearing House In the end, Nagorno-Karabakh – or the Artsakh Republic – is no more.

It will cease to exist on 1 January 2024 – also the first day of the Russian presidency of BRICS 11.

All autonomous state structures will be dissolved – according to a decree signed by the head of the Republic, Samvel Shahramanyan.

The population – roughly 147,000, 99% of them Armenian Christians – has a choice that’s not really a choice: “familiarize themselves with the conditions of reintegration presented by the Republic of Azerbaijan” and stay, or leave to Armenia for good.

Predictably, the exodus is on: an interminable serpent of vehicles congesting the mountain roads of a beautiful landscape where generations of Armenians lived for centuries. As of Thursday night, over 70,000 Armenians had left towards the Syunik region.

The Azeri government in Baku sent police/security forces to Stepanakert. Former Foreign Minister Ruben Vardanyan, an oligarch, was detained by Azeri security while trying to leave for Armenia, mingling with refugees. He had renounced Russian citizenship last year when he moved to work in Artsakh. He’ll probably be freed.

Others won’t be so lucky. Everyone leaving is being exhaustively searched. Baku has warned that every Artsakh notable – political and military – will be captured.

This is how it sadly ends: the story of how a bunch of crooks – Team Pashinyan in Yerevan – profited personally from a geopolitical pretext.

Armenian PM Pashinyan announced that in a few days he’ll consider there are no more Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. Translation: those that decided to stay will be considered to be Azerbaijanis.

Yet for Baku, Armenians from Artsakh will always remain Armenians – and thus an object of suspicion.

It’s all about the Zangezur corridor

Armenian priests are starting to ask for people power to come up with regime change in Yerevan to save the nation. It’s clear that Syunik will be the next Armenian territory to fall – considering both Azerbaijan and Turkey have their eyes on its strategic position. If Baku takes Syunik, Armenian Orthodox Christian priests will definitely be in hot water.

The crucial fact is that the November 2020 armistice between Armenia and Azerbaïjan, with Russian involvement, was not respected either by Baku or Yerevan.

Moscow didn’t do much except showing that Pashinyan gave Artsakh away to Baku – which in itself is outrageous and a violation of the armistice: imagine that the object of a war was relinquished by the attacked country to the attacker.

What Baku really wanted was the opening of the Zangezur corridor – and that was also part of the armistice. The corridor was supposed to be controlled by Russian guards.

Yerevan did nothing about it. Baku for its part kept provoking skirmishes in Artsakh and Syunik. And on top of it did not respect a clause stipulating the building of a road allowing Armenians to travel back and forth to Artsakh. In fact Baku blocked Artsakh by taking over the Lachin road.

As corridors go, Zangezur is the proverbial Chinese win-win.

Azerbaijan links with its Nakhitchevan enclave and Turkiye. Russia gets a road that goes through Baku and Yerevan. Armenia opens itself to international trade. And Iran is satisfied that the manager will be the former owner of the place: Russia.

Ay, there’s the rub. The usual suspects were not happy that Russian guards would be back in Armenia. So they sabotaged this clause via their agent Pashinyan.

The record shows how Team Pashinyan behaved these past few months: Armenia’s First Lady visited Kiev; Yerevan transferred “humanitarian aid” to Ukraine; there were joint military exercises with the U.S.; frantic back and forth by U.S. and EU politicos and NGOs.

Relations with Moscow are deteriorating fast. Yerevan – a juicy strategic target – is being taken over by the Hegemon and its vassals. It’s not an accident that Yerevan hosts the second largest American embassy in the world.

So only one thing is certain: the Transcaucasus will continue to be on fire.

Empire of Chaos strikes again

It’s not clear what will happen to Zangezur – and if and when Pashinyan will act on it. There’s always a – remote – possibility that Pashinyan, egged on by his Western handlers, may try to strike a deal with Aliyev to leave Russia out.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has not minced its words, noting how Yerevan “flip flopped on policy and sought Western support over working closely with Russia and Azerbaijan”. And how in meetings in Prague and Brussels under the EU, Pashynian “acknowledged Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, but failed to address the rights and safety of the Karabakh Armenians.”

The Foreign Ministry all but warns Pashynian that “unlike the West which has become quite skilled in organising color revolutions, Moscow does not engage in such activities.”

At the same time, “a frenzied anti-Russian campaign has swept the Armenian media at the behest of the authorities. We are convinced that the Armenian leadership is making a huge mistake by deliberately attempting to sever Armenia’s multifaceted and centuries-old ties with Russia, making the country a hostage to Western geopolitical games. We are confident that the overwhelming majority of the Armenian population realises this as well.”

Well, USAID head Samantha “Batshit Crazy” Power is in Armenia right now, “affirming U.S. support for Armenia’s democracy, sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity and commitment to addressing humanitarian needs stemming from Nagorno-Karabakh”.

Nonsense. This is all about the Empire of Chaos conquering a strategic asset close to Russia: Armenia is a member of the CSTO and the EAEU. There are more than 25 USAID projects being implemented in Armenia. Why would the current administration in Yerevan ever care for a few lost souls in Artsakh?

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11 responses to “Nagorno-Karabakh Is No More”

  1. scrdmgl Avatar

    In view of current events I’m forced to repeat once more, my limited and conditional support of Vladimir Putin’s agenda and accomplishments. First of all his economic recovery of Russia’s finances, even after one of the most vindictive and destructive set of sanctions ever inflicted on any country. Additionally, his revamping of the country’s military strength and equipment of any description with second to none superiority. So far so good, however his conduction of the SMO in the Ukrainian enclave deserves my complete opposition and well founded criticism.
    At a time when Russia is fighting for its very survival against the united forces of the Evil Empire and its NATO partners, Putin strategy is more of a police action than a true war against a deadly enemy, enemy that will never respect anything short of unconditional surrender. Such an approach was successful during WWII when Russia was the determining factor in Nazi Germany’s defeat. This confrontation, had Russia used a frontal attack from day one, should not have lasted a week at the most. Instead we can see a ‘mano a mano’ duel between vastly superior Russian forces and the Nazi foe. It is hurting Russia’s prestige, killing hundreds of thousands of dead people on both sides and a country utterly destroyed. There is no available rational to his actions whatever they might be, none. Still even at this stage, nothing has changed an iota.

    1. Chris Justin Greene Avatar
      Chris Justin Greene

      Well said

    2. Nina Sakun Avatar
      Nina Sakun

      russia is fighting for its survival? honestly folks. please be at least a little bit serious. russia attacked its much smaller weaker neighbor who does not want to be a colony of the russian empire that has enlarged itself over 3 centuries so that it stretches across 11 time zones. 11 time zones and you say it is fighting for its survival. how did you folks learn to love empire so much?

      1. abraham Weizfeld PhD Avatar

        The problem with NATO membership is that intermediate range nuclear missiles would be set up 8 minutes from Moscow.

      2. John M Avatar
        John M

        To Nina Sakun: The same way Americans learned to love American empire so much. It’s unpatriotic to not do so. Russia has 8 military bases in other countries. The U.S. has over 800 in other countries, stretching all across the world, in order to control everyone. And Americans cheer it on, no matter how many millions we kill.

  2. ML Mellander Avatar

    Globalist agenda: all remaining Christians will be persecuted and killed…evidently Artsakh children were having their arms and legs cut off by Azerbaijani militants:

    1. scrdmgl Avatar

      My comment above about Putin’s policies regarding the attack by US/NATO forces in Ukraine, also apply to Armenia, a traditional partner of the Soviet Union. The Evil Empire is attacking Russia’s other flank when she’s busy (still) in the unnecessary Ukrainian quagmire.
      America is also working to subvert Georgia to keep Russia off balance, Putin reacts to the attacks when in fact he should be right up front defending the future of the motherland.
      If he keeps this up, America will keep applying pressure and force Russia towards WWIII and the world’s doom. Wrong policies all along on Putin’s side of the conflict.

      1. Prometheus Avatar

        WW pick-a-number has been running since the simian hominid overreached himself trying to hog the banana tree.

        Putin is trying to muster allies to prevent it going mU$room shaped.

  3. ML Mellander Avatar

    I’m wondering…is Russia or US/NATO sponsoring this forced shutdown of the Armenian Christian population of Artsakh?

  4. braithwa842 Avatar

    Im one of ICH’s donors. Please Tom, can we have multi line comments.

    1. scrdmgl Avatar

      Thank you friend, I sorely miss the excellent old format. The new one is restrictive and does not allow proper exchange o ideas between us.