The long-awaited peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia seems to have reached the finish line. Moreover, the Armenian revanchists have few options left to "avoid appeasement", as the leading superpower, the US, has taken up peacebuilding in earnest. The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov and Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Washington.
It is becoming clear that the sides will not leave the American capital until they have agreed on most of the terms of a future peace, which will finally have to be agreed in Brussels under EU mediation. And peace will, it is certain, be based solely on respect for the territorial integrity of both countries.
Thus, the fact that Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan, without any reservations about "status" or any "special rights" of the Armenian population, is already a settled issue. Naturally, Azerbaijan guarantees the same rights and freedoms that all Azerbaijani citizens have. It is no coincidence that the US State Department limited itself to "concerns" (intended primarily for its Armenian lobby) regarding the establishment of the Azerbaijani checkpoint on the Lachin road on the border with Armenia, making it clear that this is an internal affair of Azerbaijan.
In the current geopolitical situation, it is the United States which has the greatest interest in ensuring that Russian peacekeepers leave Karabakh (and preferably the entire South Caucasus region) as quickly as possible. If desired, "taking with them" the Armenian "Artsakh" separatists.
And as you may judge, it was Russia that tried its best to "save" the "Artsakh" separatist project after the defeat of Armenia in the 44-day war. It was Russia that the Armenian "Artsakh" separatists pinned all their hopes on, hoping that the Russian "peacekeepers" would stay here "forever", just as they turned into occupiers and remained in that capacity in Abkhazia and Samachablo of Georgia.
Before Russia's aggression against Ukraine and before Russia's opposition to the West as a consequence of this aggression and international outcast, it seemed to many that the "Artsakh" separatists had a chance. If Russia's aggression in Ukraine (which it was pushed to do by the Armenian lobby in the Russian Federation) had succeeded, it would have unlocked Russia's hands in the South Caucasus and then a "miatsum-2" revenge with the help of the Russian army (which, we recall, helped Armenia to win the first Karabakh war) would have been virtually inevitable.
However, Russia is seriously mired in the Ukrainian war and is clearly losing it. This means that Russia's bet on its geopolitical influence through separatism will collapse in the near future in other regions, including the South Caucasus.
For its part, the US, which has bet today on Ukraine's military victory over Russia, it is important to achieve a complete fiasco for its satellites too, who hoped for Russia in other regions with their insane separatist projects. " So that others will not be tolerated".
Of course, the US does not prohibit its Armenian lobby from "crying" about the "genocide" allegedly threatening the Armenians of "Artsakh". They can even send their "crybabies" if necessary (Nancy Pelosi played her role brilliantly). But Washington is really interested in showing to the world, in a very clear and convincing way, what happens to those who stake on Russia.
It became even easier for the USA to do this since their direct protégé, Nikol Pashinyan, is in power in Armenia. Pashinyan started to crap on Russia as soon as he came to power and was destroying the CSTO from within. And now Armenia, for its part, is doing everything to "please" its new masters and patrons. It is doing it in the best traditions of Armenian nationalism - betraying its benefactors and so far formal "allies".
Thus, on the eve of negotiations in Washington the Armenian delegation voted "in favour" of the UN General Assembly resolution, which called Russia the aggressor.
In particular, the document A/77/L.65 "Cooperation between the UN and the Council of Europe" refers to the "unprecedented challenges" facing Europe "following the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, and before that against Georgia". Thus, in order to please the US and kick Russia, Yerevan "overstepped" even its Georgianophobia, which was expressed in the fact that at the UN General Assembly Armenia regularly voted against the return of Georgian refugees to Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.
Resolution A/77/L.65, voted for on 26 April, was supported by China, India and Brazil, considered "almost allies" of the Russian Federation - 122 countries in all. Only five states - Russia, Belarus, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua and Syria - voted against it. "It is also very symbolic that the vote took place three days after Azerbaijan established its checkpoint on the Lachin road, essentially putting an end to the fate of the Armenian "Artsakh" separatists who had relied on Russia.
The following picture is emerging: Armenia has finally decided - it will "bargain" for peace with Azerbaijan and Turkey with the help of the U.S. and the Americans. And "Artsakh" separatists with their "miatsum" are left with Russia that is geopolitically defeated, kicked and betrayed by everyone (including Armenian allies). The best that Russia can do for them afterwards is to give them an opportunity to resettle on its territory, because "Artsakh" activists, drugged by separatism, will hardly want to obtain Azerbaijani citizenship, as it was proposed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to all Karabakh Armenians.
Azerbaijani MP Rasim Musabekov, commenting on the talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia on his Facebook page, states the complete collapse of Armenian nationalist projects, above all the "miatsum", which have brought nothing but misery and grief to the Armenian people themselves:
"Miatsum" has died out, and trust can only be mutual.
Another round of talks is expected in Washington, followed by Moscow and Brussels, in which a determined attempt will be made to move Armenian-Azerbaijani relations out of the rut of hostility and mutual distrust towards peace and good neighbourliness. Armenian politicians and analysts, as well as foreign patrons of Armenians, are calling on Azerbaijan to soften its stance on the so-called "Arsakh" issue, to agree to discuss its status and to take steps to win Armenian confidence. At the same time they do not even think that Armenians themselves need to regain the trust of the Azerbaijani state and society. After all, the so-called "miatsum" initiated by Yerevan and certain circles of the Armenian diaspora abroad caused enormous damage to Azerbaijan. During the thirty years of this conflict, more than 20 thousand of our citizens died, and tens of thousands more died prematurely because of injuries and illnesses. Nearly a million became refugees and displaced persons.
Losses of Armenians are huge. During the conflict, the number of deaths on their side is hardly less than 20,000, of which 5,000-6,000 were killed only during the second Karabakh war. Tens of thousands became invalids, lost their health due to disease and deprivation. About 400 thousand people were forced to leave Azerbaijan. Most of them, as well as another one and a half million citizens of Soviet Armenia emigrated to the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Russia, Ukraine, etc. due to unbearable living conditions.
Unless Armenians reconsider and acknowledge the erroneous and even criminal nature of the so-called "miatsum" and condemn its ideologists and organizers, Azerbaijan's trust in them will not be restored. How can any status be given to Karabakh Armenians, who used the status of NKAO to destroy the Azerbaijani state? Let me remind you that in none of the neighbouring countries (Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Russia) Armenians, unlike Azerbaijan, had any autonomy. So, the restoration of trust is a mutual process, and it should be initiated by those who initiated the hostility and war with their extra-legal claims. The ball is on the side of Armenians, but there, instead of reconsidering their own mistakes, they prefer to howl for peace about an imaginary "genocide" and continue to demand support for the realization of their claims. It's in vain. Only when the myths and phobias are sobered up, irredentism and separatism are abandoned, will there be a real prospect for restoring peace and good neighbourliness in the region". - Rasim Musabekov concludes.
Armenians should finally ask themselves the question: What good has nationalism and national megalomania with dreams of "miatsum" given them? They have lost everything, received only grief, distress and suffering, and are now forced to betray their benefactors in the form of the Russian Federation in order to maintain something. Adding a new shame to the past disgrace. It is time for Armenians to finally get rid of pernicious nationalist myths.