Tue 31 March 2015 07:43 GMT | 2:43 Local Time
he armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan started as the Soviet Union was falling apart. At this time the ethnic Armenians in Azerbaijan’s province of Nagorno-Karabakh rallied to join Armenia. In front of this situation Moscow, according to the Foreign Affairs Magazine, “armed both sides and played them against each other, turning a local dispute over the status of a territory inhabited by 90,000 people into a regional war.”
For nearly six years, the newly independent countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over this territory, leaving 30,000 dead and creating approximately a million refugees. Ultimately, Yerevan was victorious, and it took control of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other districts in the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan. These aggressive actions of Armenia, which continue to affect this region until the present, are of unprecedented proportions in the world history, not only for the loss of human lives but also for violating four of the UN Security Council Resolutions and over all conducting a protracted warfare for more than two decades by constantly breaching, unilaterally, the cease fire that was brokered in 1994.
It must be noted that from time to time, Moscow has provided information and armaments to Armenia while encouraging the latter to continue with its provocative attitude. According to Foreign Policy Magazine “Russia has thousands of troops stationed in Armenia, it runs the country’s air defenses, and it controls key elements of its economy and infrastructure. As long as Moscow backs Yerevan, Baku can do little to make peace with its neighbor.”
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