Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan issued a joint statement on the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. The ceasefire came into force on Monday. Once again, the presence of George Soros has been a point of contention.
The pro-Western orientation of the government of Nikol Pashinyan, supported in its anti-Russian policy by the structures of the American billionaire George Soros, worked against the interests of Armenia, according to the Russian and Armenian press.
After the announcement of the ceasefire Armenians stormed government buildings in Yerevan. Prime Minister Pashinyan, who had neglected the military, is likely to be removed from office after protesters damaged official buildings and called for the resignation Pashinyan. “Nikol has betrayed us,” they chanted.
“The authorities must ban all activity of the Soros Foundation, and this ‘fifth column’ of Turkey must leave Armenia!” said Golos Armenii. The Yerevan newspaper evoked at length the pro-Turkish article of billionaire George Soros (main financier of the “color revolutions” in post-Soviet countries), published in the daily the Financial Times on March 4, 2020.
Present in Armenia since 1997, Soros’ Open Society has supported and funded, to the tune of 48 million dollars in total, more than 200 Armenian associations and NGOs, and many citizens live from this funding, according to the Russian newspaper of Ekaterinburg Vetchernié Vedomosti.
To fight the Covid-19 pandemic for example, Armenia, had to rely on the $ 600 000 offered by Soros.
Armenia had to agree to the ceasefire after Azerbaijan gained control of the strategic town of Shushi. Azerbaijan, on the other hand, was forced to the negotiating table after its forces shot down a Russian Mi-24 military helicopter over Armenia, killing two crew members and injuring a third. Further such hostilities would have brought Russian forces into play.
Gaïdz Minassian, professor at Sciences Po in Paris and a specialist in the Caucasus, deciphered the consequences of this total ceasefire agreement.
“The Russians are the big winners because they managed to keep Turkey out of the diplomatic game. Moscow once again becomes the regional arbiter. Putin once again holds the keys to the final settlement. It was initially not certain, because they were first struck by the irruption of Turkey in this affair. They did not expect such Turkish interference in the southern Caucasus and such massive military support to the Azeris. They took a long time to assess the situation. They wanted to preserve two things: their relationship with Turkey, which is a partner in many areas, and their rather good relationship with Azerbaijan.
“And then, with Putin, there was a desire to annoy the Armenian authorities. The Russian president did not appreciate the few signs of independence shown by the new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The latter, for example, imprisoned former Armenian President Robert Kotcharian, who is close to Putin. As former Soviet republics like Belarus play bad boys, Putin is not unhappy to bring Pashinyan back in line.
“Russia is back in the center. It’s a way of saying to the Armenians: ‘Look, if we hadn’t intervened, you would have lost everything’.”
Some 2 000 Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the region to guard the Lachin corridor which links the Karabakh capital, Stepanakert, to Armenia.
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