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By Pete Moore On September 27th, 2020

Heavy fighting has erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, with both civilians and combatants killed.

It’s as if the last thirty years never happened. That sentence decribes exactly what happened when the Soviet Union broke up. The Azeris are muslims aren’t they? That’s my mind made up.

5 Responses to “SO WHOSE SIDE ARE WE ON?”

  1. Like most sensible people I’m on the side of whichever one wins 😉

  2. Heavy fighting has erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region,

    I didn’t even know there was a disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region,

  3. Always knew there was tension between AZE and ARM but not details .
    When I used to play proper chess in my fighting days
    We had a GM Teimour Radjabov AZE play GM Levon Aronian ARM and the commentators would talk about it. As far as I remember these 2 gents would always shake hands . Great guys

  4. Ultimately, as with many things in the international arena, the answer is complicated.

    In the 1920s the Soviet acting Commissar of Nationalities, a certain Georgian individual by the name of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, decided (due to anti-Armernian pressure from the Turks – who the Soviets were hoping to bring into their sphere of influence) that the Azerbaijani exclave in Armenia (Nakhchivan) would be part of Azerbaijan while the Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh) would also be part of Azerbaijan. Had it been about territorial integrity then Nakhchivan would be Armenian, and had it been about the wishes of the local population then Nagorno-Karabakh would be Armenian. However both were given to Azerbaijan largely to court the Turks who were pretty much solely interested in fucking over the Armenians.

    Ultimately with the Soviet Union fully in control of both countries the issue became dormant, though did continue to bubble away under the surface. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union the conflict reared its head again.

    It is a complicated issue. Under international law the area is part of Azerbaijan. However also under international law the Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh have the right to self-determination. To add a complication it has also become a proxy with the Russians backing Armenia and the Turks backing Azerbaijan (and so is likely another proxy front in the Syrian Civil War).

    Personally I would be more sympathetic to the Armenia – the population is Armenian after all. That being said some of the conduct of Armenia in the disputed territories has been nothing short of ethnic cleansing. Nagorno-Karabakh used to be 25% Azerbaijani. Now there are virtually no Azerbaijani people living there.

  5. The Turks are backing the Azerbaijan regime.

    What a surprise.