Kremlin lobby in Yerevan. How the Armenian diaspora is trying to draw attention from Ukraine to Karabakh – media
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Recently, opinions have been heard more and more loudly in Europe that Russia's war against Ukraine is reminiscent of the Karabakh conflict. This is true, but not in the sense in which some European, in particular, French politicians want to present it, the Today.ua resource writes. According to journalists, they are trying to compare Armenia and Ukraine – allegedly both states are victims of the aggressors – Azerbaijan and Russia.
Thus, according to the AZfront telegram channel, France recently agreed on the issuance of two large loans to Armenia – for 100 million euros and 100 million dollars. At the same time, an aggressive information campaign is going on, in which they try to portray Armenia as a victim of the Karabakh conflict. According to Igor Chalenko, head of the Center for Analysis and Strategies, Azerbaijan is presented in this campaign as an analogue of the Russian Federation during the war in Ukraine.
“This is absolutely wrong, does not correspond to the existing reality. Neither in historical retrospective, nor in international terms,” the expert is convinced.
He recalled that in mid-November, a “contradictory and undemocratic resolution” was adopted, in which it is required to impose an embargo on the supply of Azerbaijani oil and gas. And thus, the resources that today go to support Ukraine in the war with Russia should be directed to support Armenian separatism.
Meanwhile, writes Today.ua, this resolution harms not only Azerbaijan, but also the EU, which, in an attempt to get rid of energy dependence on Russia, is looking for alternative oil and gas supplies. And, journalists emphasize, it is Azerbaijan that is the best way out of this dilemma, it is one of the main strategic partners of the EU in the energy sector.
Today.ua notes that not only in Yerevan, but also in Moscow, they dream of pinching Azerbaijan with sanctions. It is no secret that Armenia and Russia are long-term partners: this can be seen even in the actions and statements of Armenian politicians in relation to the war in Ukraine. Journalists note that Azerbaijan has always opposed Russia – both during the Karabakh conflict, when it did not give the Kremlin the opportunity to freeze the conflict and strengthen control in the region, and in the war against Ukraine, unambiguously taking the side of the Ukrainians. It was Azerbaijan that provided Ukraine with free fuel, food and medicine and sheltered thousands of internally displaced persons who fled the war. While Armenian politicians travel to Moscow, organize pro-Russian actions and block anti-Russian resolutions at all levels, they write in Today.ua.
Of course, there are many analogies with the war in Ukraine in the Karabakh conflict. As Channel 5 recalls, just as Russia used the separatist sentiments of Armenians in the South Caucasus to increase its influence in the region in the 90s, it acted in the Ukrainian Donbas in 2014. The same missiles that bombed 80 Azerbaijani settlements during the Second Karabakh War in 2020 are destroying Ukrainian cities and killing civilians. And it is the Azerbaijani successful experience of warfare with the help of drones that Ukraine uses.
Today.ua notes that if we compare the Karabakh conflict with the war with Ukraine, then emphasizing that Azerbaijan and Ukraine are its victims, and the aggressors – Armenia and Russia. And the opposite narratives promoted by French politicians, according to journalists, harm not only Ukraine or Azerbaijan, but also undermine the energy security of the EU.