Putin’s bargain to end Karabakh War takes Turkey back to his garden

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Russia’s president Vladimir Putin brokered an agreement to end the 44-day war in the Nagorno-Karabakh area of the conflicts after an agreement by Armenians to stop fighting and withdraw their armies, facing the Azerbaijani Army’s defeat.

On Tuesday, under the agreement reached with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Russia began deploying nearly 2,000 soldiers as peacekeepers to develop conditions for a long-term, substantive solution to the crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh, “Putin said in a televised statement.

While he is not a signatory, the agreement is also a strategic victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has helped Azerbaijan to enter the backyard of the Russian Caucasus with his vocal support. In a televised speech to the nation early Tuesday, Aliyev said that Turkish troops would join the Russian mission for peace.

The peace deal provides Erdogan with possible land links to Azerbaijan and to the republics with wealth of Central Asia through southern Armenia for the first time, even as Turkey refuses diplomatic ties and closes its shared frontier with its Armenian neighbor.

“We have what we expected,” Aliyev said in his TV speech, mocking Pashinyan for “summons” in the fight. “You said you would not give an inch of the land of Azerbaijan back. Pashinyan, what happened? “He said.” He said.

Pashinyan said on Facebook that it was “very hard” to consider the offer. “But we have come to the point that the military has set us the mission to fix the crisis as quickly as possible.”

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According to the website of the Azerbaijani Leader, Aliyev and Erdogan spoke on Tuesday about establishing a Turkish-Russian peacekeeping center for monitoring cesses fire.

The deal does not discuss the presence of Turkey and there are no proposals to put the Turkish armed forces into Nagorno-Karabakh itself.

The Deal essentially signals the end of the USA and France, allowing Putin and Erdogan to hold talks on any possible Armenia-Azerbaijan settlement. Russia, France and America, after Moscow brokered a 1994 truce to stop a war killed 30 000 and displaced one million by the breakup of the Soviet Union, did and failed for decades as foreign mediators to convince both sides to reach a peace deal.

The Arrangement allows for safe access to Armenia for Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh through an Azerbaijani corridor, which the Russian forces would be responsible for. It also helps citizens to pass across southern Armenia to Azerbaijan, again with Russian protection at the land in the Naxcivan border with Turkey.

“This is the best deal for Mr. Vladimir Frolov, a former Russian diplomat now a foreign policy analyst in Moscow, considering his unwillingness and failure to battle the war on the Armenian side,” he said. “To stop a big battle, it maintains a working relationship with the Erdogan.”

On Monday, Armenian officials remembered that control of the major city of Shushi had been ceded to Azerbaijan by Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh only ten kilometers (6 miles). There the government had cautioned that the loss of the town in Azerbaijan known as Shusha would cause the whole country to collapse.

Nagorno-Karabakh Chairman Arayik Harutyunian said on Facebook that the dissemination of the coronavirus among Armenian troops led to a decrease in morale. “I don’t know what appraisal history this decision has to offer, but we had to take this decision,” he said, getting Azerbaijani troops just 2-3 kilometers from Stepanakert.

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