Nagorno-Karabakh War - Armenia vs Azerbaijan

"Maria Zakharova cautioned Yerevan against creating favorable conditions for Washington and Brussels to pursue a policy course that she said was hostile toward Russia"

MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Moscow is dissatisfied with Yerevan's statements that bilateral ties will be unaffected by its clearly anti-Russian moves,"

"clearly anti-Russian communication with the Kiev regime as well as their joint exercise with the United States"

"We expect Armenia to realize the danger of Westerners’ latest campaign. Hopefully, the Armenian government will be wise enough politically to make decisions that benefit both its country and the entire region," she concluded."

Hummm...? ) On the 11th the Armenians began a join military exercise with the US, and today (8 days later) hostility break out?

Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh underway along entire contact line — report​

"Hostilities are underway along the entire contact line. The Azerbaijani Armed Forces uses artillery, rockets, strike drones, military aviation," the report says."

" Residents of the Armenian capital took to the streets to protest outside the Armenian government building, blaming the country’s leadership and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for the situation.

There is still a chance to solve the situation without much blood.
Nagorno-Karabakh urges Azerbaijan to start negotiations

YEREVAN, September 19. /tass/. The unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) has appealed to Azerbaijan to cease hostilities and sit down at the negotiating table.

This is reported by the Yerevan portal 24News with reference to the info headquarters of the NKR.

"The Artsakh side (NKR - approx. TASS) appeals to the Azerbaijani side to immediately cease fire and sit down at the negotiating table to resolve the current situation," the statement reads.
Нагорный Карабах призвал Азербайджан начать переговоры
Très étrange : La semaine dernière, sans avoir lu ni entendu qu'il y avait à nouveau un conflit en cours en Arménie, j'ai eu envie d'écouter mes 2 artistes arméniens préférés que j'avais négligés depuis une bonne année : TIGRAN HAMASYAN et SYSTEM OF A DOWN. . C'est évident, nous sommes tous connectés...


Armenian leader warns of potential ‘coup’

"Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan warned about a possible “coup” looming over Yerevan on Tuesday amidst widespread protests erupting"

Pashinyan said in a statement, pledging to uphold “law and order” and react to the alleged “coup attempts” accordingly."

"turmoil in Armenia, as hundreds of protesters flooded the streets of Yerevan. They congregated in the heart of the Armenian capital and attempted to disrupt traffic. The demonstrators called for Armenia’s military involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis, accusing Prime Minister Pashinyan of being a “traitor” to their nation."

BREAKING: In Yerevan, clashes have broken out between gathered citizens and the police near the Government building.

And, here comes the USA...

US warns Azerbaijan to end military operation​

Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the attack on Nagorno-Karabakh “unacceptable”

“Azerbaijan’s unacceptable military actions risk worsening the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh,” Blinken said in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday. “We call for an immediate end to hostilities and for direct dialogue.”

And this from Reuters: (So they are right in the middle of the military exercise with the US now. And for 2 more days.)

"The 10-day "Eagle Partner" exercise involves 85 U.S. and 175 Armenian soldiers and is designed to prepare the Armenians to take part in international peacekeeping missions. It is taking place at two training grounds near the capital Yerevan." (again that is today)

This is the most important thing. It seems that the fighting has been stopped.
Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh ceases

The authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh reported that the fighting in the republic stops from 12:00 (Moscow time).

"With the mediation of the command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh, an agreement was reached on the complete cessation of hostilities from 13:00 on September 20, 2023.

An agreement has been reached on the withdrawal of the remaining units and servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia from the deployment zone of the Russian peacekeeping contingent and the disbandment and complete disarmament of the armed formations of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army and the withdrawal of heavy equipment and weapons from the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in order to dispose of them as soon as possible.

The issues raised by the Azerbaijani side on the reintegration, ensuring the rights and security of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as issues of ensuring the vital activity of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh within the framework of the Constitution of Azerbaijan, according to the agreement reached, will be discussed at a meeting between representatives of the local Armenian population and representatives of the central authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which will be held in the city of Yevlakh on September 21, 2023 and in during subsequent meetings."

12:10. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry confirmed the agreement on the suspension of anti-terrorist activities in Karabakh from 13:00 local time (12:00 Moscow time).

The disarmament of the Armenian formations in Karabakh and the withdrawal of the Armenian military are being ensured in coordination with Russian peacekeepers, the Azerbaijani ministry added.

And now let's see if the cunning Pashinyan will be able to sit in his place.
In Yerevan, security forces cleared the square of protesters and unblocked the Russian embassy
The situation in Yerevan has stabilized after large-scale protests against Nikol Pashinyan

After large-scale protests against Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the center of Yerevan regained calm. There were no protesters on Republic Square in the morning, all the tents were dismantled.

On the previous day, clashes between protesters and law enforcement agencies reached a peak. However, the next morning, only security forces in full gear are on duty at the government building: with shields, in helmets. Special equipment is also parked on the spot. Information about detentions or victims has not been received at the moment.

Information sources report that the police used measures to disperse the protesters, and judging by the current situation, they turned out to be effective. Nevertheless, analysts warn of the possibility of resuming protest actions, given the mood of part of the population.

Earlier, the protesters demanded the immediate resignation of the head of the Armenian government, but Pashinyan himself refused to leave his post.
В Ереване силовики зачистили площадь от протестующих и деблокировали российское посольство

And this is so, for the big picture.
Moscow was not aware of the beginning of Azerbaijan's anti-terrorist operation in Karabakh
The head of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee, Andrey Kartapolov, stated the need to find out the reasons why Azerbaijan did not warn Russia about the start of a military operation in Karabakh. This issue has caused concern at the highest levels of the Russian government.

According to Kartapolov, Moscow was confronted with a fact: it learned about the so-called "anti-terrorist measures" of Azerbaijan just a few minutes before their official start. This information was confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Kartapolov expressed confidence that it would take only "a few days" to resolve this conflict. According to him, in the near future, major diplomatic players, including the Russian side, will hold a series of consultations aimed at developing a mutually acceptable solution to the current situation.

"We expect a constructive and responsible approach by all parties to resolve this issue," the head of the committee stressed.
Москва не была в курсе о начале антитеррористической операции Азербайджана в Карабахе

Это самое главное. Похоже, что боевые действия удалось остановить.
А теперь посмотрим сумеет ли усидеть на своем месте хитрюга-Пашинян.
А это так, для общей картины.
The sad prospects of many residents of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Pashinyan does not want to let the residents of Karabakh into Armenia, and repressions are waiting for them in Azerbaijan

Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin said that Azerbaijan, from a legal point of view, operates on its territory in Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, in his opinion, it is important to ensure the safety of civilians living in the region and respect for their rights.

"About the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. In order to correctly assess the causes of what is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh, it is necessary to take into account the decisions taken earlier. A year ago, in October 2022, a summit was held in Prague under the auspices of the European Union, at which Armenia and Azerbaijan reaffirmed their commitment to the UN Charter and the 1991 Alma-Ata Declaration of the CIS. This means that both sides recognized each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty within the borders of the former Soviet republics when Nagorno-Karabakh was part of the Azerbaijan SSR. In a word, Nikol Pashinyan agreed that Nagorno—Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan," Volodin stressed.

He added that in May 2023 in Brussels, this was re-confirmed at another summit under the auspices of the European Union, where the territories of the two countries were designated to the nearest square kilometer. "Based on these decisions, from a legal point of view, Baku operates on its territory today. The situation in Nagorno—Karabakh is an internal matter of Azerbaijan. At the same time, it is important that the rights and security of the civilian population living there are ensured. Our country has always been in favor of resolving any conflicts in a political and diplomatic way. Russian peacekeepers are doing everything necessary to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to the population of Nagorno—Karabakh," the speaker of the Russian parliament summed up.

Mika Badalyan, a well-known blogger and leader of the Azatagrum movement from Yerevan, believes that Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh are threatened with repression by Azerbaijan. "Pashinyan will not let the Artsakh people into Armenia. According to my information, one of the conditions for the surrender of Artsakh by Armenia was not to provide the residents of Artsakh with a corridor to Armenia. The people of Artsakh will either have to take Azerbaijani citizenship and live under their jurisdiction, or they will be able to leave through Baku, where an investigation will be conducted on everyone and only if Baku decides that this or that person is not guilty of anything, he will be able to leave. It goes without saying that 95% of the male population will not be able to leave through Baku. Moreover, it becomes clear that these agreements have been reached for a long time, since a prison for 10,000 people has already been built in Aghdam for these purposes. It is quite clear that it was built precisely under these agreements. It was naive to believe that Pashinyan would let the Artsakh people into Yerevan, because he is afraid of them like fire, and after the final loss of his home, no red berets and stun grenades will stop them from retaliation. At the moment, the authorities of Artsakh and representatives of Russia are negotiating with Azerbaijan and trying to prevent such a development of events. It is important to understand that everyone who does not come to the Republic Square today will be an accomplice not only to the surrender of Artsakh, but also to the Armenian Genocide of Artsakh," Badalyan explained.

Meanwhile, a group of protesters blocked Tigran Metz Avenue near the Armenian government building in the center of Yerevan, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, whom they accuse of "surrendering Nagorno-Karabakh" to Azerbaijan.
Пашинян не хочет пускать жителей Карабаха в Армению, а в Азербайджане их ждут репрессии
[Réaction] « Pour les habitants de l’Artsakh, ce sera la valise ou le cercueil »
Par Marc Eynaud - "Le gouvernement de la république autodéterminée d’Artsakh a décidé de se rendre aux négociations avec l’Azerbaïdjan"

[Reaction] “For the inhabitants of Artsakh, it will be the suitcase or the coffin”By Marc Eynaud - “The government of the self-determined Republic of Artsakh has decided to enter into negotiations with Azerbaijan”
Attempts to draw Russia into the conflict do not stop.
The explosion at the base of Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh was filmed on video
A video is being distributed on the Internet, which, apparently, shows a strike on the territory where Russian peacekeepers are based in Karabakh. So far, there is no information about the dead or injured as a result of the incident.

Judging by the comments of the author of the video, who was directly on the territory of the base at the time of the strike, the attack was directed at the warehouse. In the video footage, characteristic explosions are heard and smoke is visible rising above the site of the alleged impact. It is particularly alarming that the probability of an accidental strike is minimal, since the base has clearly defined borders and the Azerbaijani side was aware of its existence. The information that we are talking about the RMK base was confirmed by military correspondent Alexander Kotz.

At the moment, there have been no official statements from the Russian side or representatives of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry about this attack.

It should be noted that in one of the episodes of confrontation in the region, Russian peacekeepers were killed – their vehicle was under fire from the Azerbaijani side.
Взрыв на базе российских миротворцев в Карабахе сняли на видео

The reaction of ordinary people to the death of peacekeepers.
Yerevan residents carry flowers to the Russian Embassy in memory of the peacekeepers

YEREVAN, 23 Sep - RIA Novosti. Yerevan residents are carrying flowers to the Russian Embassy on Saturday afternoon in memory of the peacekeepers killed in Nagorno-Karabakh, RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
Several families and one woman brought flowers, one of the residents of the Armenian capital who came said that she was shocked by the death of Russian soldiers.

"My deepest bow to mothers, wives, sisters, daughters. Be strong. I am grateful to these guys who came from Russia and served in Nagorno-Karabakh," said one of the residents of Yerevan named Alla.
The situation on Saturday afternoon at the Russian diplomatic mission is calm, the strengthening of the police that has been in front of it lately has been removed.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday that a car with Russian peacekeepers was shelled with small arms in the area of the settlement of Janyatag in Nagorno-Karabakh, the military were killed. The ministry added that Russian and Azerbaijani representatives of investigative bodies are working on the spot. As the Kremlin's press service reported on Thursday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin that a thorough investigation will be conducted into the deaths of Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh, the perpetrators will be punished.
Жители Еревана несут цветы к посольству России в память о миротворцах

Such statements also do not contribute at all to ending the conflict or restoring normal relations.
"Armenia will cease to exist. We will restore control over this territory": United Russia MP spoke about the need to take Armenia under control
Yevgeny Fedorov, a State Duma deputy from the United Russia party, became the object of public attention and criticism after his sharp statements to Armenia. In his speech, the MP claimed that Russia would restore control over the territory of Armenia, while calling into question the existence of the state in the future.

"Armenia will cease to exist. We will regain control of this territory. The governor or something else will be there," the Infoteca 24 edition quotes Fedorov as saying.

These words quickly provoked a reaction both in Russia and abroad. Representatives of the Armenian society and political figures condemned Fedorov's words, considering them provocative and not reflecting Moscow's official position towards Yerevan.

The United Russia party has not yet commented on the words of its representative.
"Армения перестанет существовать. Мы восстановим контроль над этой территорией": Депутат "Единой России" высказался о необходимости взятия Армении под контроль

Не прекращаются попытки втянуть Россию в конфликт.
Реакция обычных людей на гибель миротворцев.
Вот такого рода заявления тоже совсем не способствуют ни прекращению конфликта, ни восстановлению нормальных отношений.
The color revolution continues according to plan. Pashinyan stubbornly does what he was put in the prime minister's chair for.
Pashinyan: Armenia's security structures are ineffective

Moscow, September 24 - AIF-Moscow.
The security structures that Armenia currently consists of are ineffective, said Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who addressed a message to the citizens.

"The external security structures in which we participate are ineffective from the point of view of Armenia's state interests and security," the politician said.

According to him, this is evidenced by the attacks on the state carried out by the Azerbaijani side.

Prior to that, Nikol Pashinyan stated that Russian peacekeepers bear part of the responsibility for what is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Earlier, media manager Margarita Simonyan expressed the opinion that the situation in Karabakh is a colossal tragedy for the Armenian people. According to her, the responsibility for current events lies with those who voted for Pashinyan.
Пашинян: структуры безопасности, в которых состоит Армения, неэффективны

Цветная революция продолжается по плану. Пашинян упрямо делает то, для чего его посадили в кресло премьера.
As previously reported, Armenia's troubles may not be limited to the loss of Karabakh.
Pashinyan's third surrender? Azerbaijan is preparing to seize Zangezur due to the deployment of units from Karabakh there
Turkish media report on the upcoming battles for Zanzegur. According to the Turkish intelligence services, the Armenian formations that have left Karabakh are heading for the Zangezur corridor. The main battle is supposed to be on the axis of Zangilan-Zangezur.

It is reported that after a 23-hour operation in Karabakh, as a result of which the Karabakh formations were liquidated, the Azerbaijani authorities gave the Armenian side in Yevlakh time to integrate with Baku on issues such as the liquidation of the illegal administration, local governance, economy, transfer of all state institutions and organizations, citizenship, currency, etc.

However, it was found that some Armenian groups were sent to the Zangezur corridor for new provocations.

"It was found that some Armenian formations were transferred to the Zangezur corridor for new provocations. Although it is reported that the Iran-France-Armenia troika has strengthened the Zangilan-Gubatli-Kelbajar line and is preparing for a new war, it is claimed that the main big war will unfold in the direction of Zangelan-Zangezur," the Turkish newspaper reports

Experts note that if such information is true, then Azerbaijan and Turkey can easily capture Syunik, completely cutting off Armenia from the border with Iran
Третья капитуляция Пашиняна? Азербайджан готовится захватить Зангезур из-за развёртывания там подразделений из Карабаха

Как уже сообщалось ранее, потерей Карабаха неприятности для Армении могут не ограничится.

How is the US involved in Armenia?

"From funding friendly media to building biolabs, Washington has sunk tens of millions of dollars into the Caucasian nation"

"Within days of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power (:scared:) touched down in Yerevan with promises of “support for Armenia’s sovereignty.” RT explores how USAID is attempting to reshape the country with the aid of its pro-Western prime minister."

"Additionally, the Pentagon is currently seeking to build a “biological threat reduction” facility in Armenia."

(these are the bullet points, more on each one in the article below)

1-How did we get here?
2-What is USAID doing?
3- American influence
4-Russia’s response

Armenia is a former Soviet republic and a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Russia-led defense bloc roughly analogous to NATO. The Russian Foreign Ministry warned on Monday that Pashinyan is “making a huge mistake” by turning to the West, arguing that while Russia and Armenia have “largely common interests in the fields of security and development,” the US is only taking interest in Armenia to “inflict strategic damage to Russia” and “destabilize the Eurasian region.”

Quite a famous person. Let's see what his patriotism will cost him.
The Border Service of Azerbaijan confirmed reports of Vardanyan's detention
September 27, 2023, 14:05

"Ruben Vardanyan was detained at the exit point from the state border "Lachin" while moving from the Republic of Azerbaijan in the direction of Armenia," the message reads.

The State Border Service notes that Vardanyan was taken to Baku. The businessman has been handed over to law enforcement agencies for further decision-making.

Earlier, Veronika Zonabend stated that her husband was detained while trying to leave Karabakh. According to TASS, Vardanyan was detained while trying to cross the Akari Bridge. The businessman was going to leave for Goris in the Syunik region of Armenia.

Ruben Vardanyan was appointed Minister of State of Nagorno-Karabakh in November 2022, in February 2023 he was removed from office. Vardanyan is an Armenian citizen, in 2022 he decided to give up his Russian passport and went to live in Nagorno-Karabakh. In 2022, Vardanyan's fortune was estimated at a billion dollars.
Погранслужба Азербайджана подтвердила сообщения о задержании Варданяна

Достаточно известная личность. Посмотрим во что ему обойдется его патриотизм.
To the best of my knowledge,

As of recently there were 120k people in Karabakh, 10k of them are military that Pushinyan will not allow back into Armenia because they feel betrayed by him, so, well “no entry for them!” Now just a few hours ago Tass reported that 97K Karabakhians are on the way to Armenia. That leaves approx. 23k left of which at least 10k are military. Not many people left for considering themselves an independent “country”. Maybe it should just be call over now. But….

The US-iad is there to “help” and the UN is mounting a “mission” to go have a look see in the next few days.

Rarely mentioned are the Israelis who have a military base in Azerbaijan, also train and supply the Azerbaijani military.
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