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"Russia has let us down": displaced persons from Nagorno-Karabakh make serious accusations

2023-10-03T13:21:24.544Z

Highlights: "Russia has let us down": displaced persons from Nagorno-Karabakh make serious accusations. Almost all of the estimated 120,000 Armenian inhabitants have left the region in recent days. The anger of the Armenian refugees is directed both at the Russian peacekeepers and at the international community, by which they also feel abandoned. The UN mission, which arrived on Sunday, is the first for the area in over 30 years. There are growing concerns that there will also be an open war between Azerbaijan and Armenia.



Status: 03.10.2023, 15:15 p.m.

By: Erkan Pehlivan

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The exodus of Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh is practically complete. The refugees are now in Armenia and are disappointed with Russia.

Yerevan – No sooner have the Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh surrendered than almost all of the estimated 120,000 Armenian inhabitants have left the region in recent days – for fear of retaliation from Azerbaijan. The UN mission, which arrived on Sunday, is the first for Nagorno-Karabakh in over 30 years. The UN had previously announced that it had received the green light from the capital Baku to send a mission to the area this weekend. According to Baku, the main task is to assess humanitarian needs on the ground.

Ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh – Armenian refugees feel abandoned

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of "ethnic cleansing" in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan strongly rejects the accusations. "We cannot accept the accusation of ethnic cleansing or genocide," Hajiyev, the president's foreign policy adviser, told AFP on Saturday. There has been "not a single case of violence or atrocities against civilians," Hajiyev said. Rather, Baku offers a "reintegration program" to every Armenian who wants to stay. According to Baku, Azerbaijani forces are stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh, in particular to protect religious sites.

The Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh feel abandoned by the Russian peacekeepers. "Before the eyes of the peacekeepers, the Azerbaijanis attacked a peaceful population, and they just watched," Aram Grigoryan told The Moscow Times. Grigoryan had to leave his homeland on September 19 and has found refuge with his family in Armenia. The anger of the Armenian refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh is directed both at the Russian peacekeepers and at the international community, by which they also feel abandoned.

Armenians feel abandoned by Russia. © IMAGO/Grigoriy Pechorin

Russia has not kept its promises

By the end of 2020, Azerbaijan had recaptured parts of Nagorno-Karabakh that it had lost to Armenia in the 1990s. President Vladimir Putin promised three years ago that his peacekeepers would enforce the ceasefire, protect the region's predominantly Armenian population, and ensure access to the Lachin Corridor, the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.

Russia has not complied with all this, according to the accusation of the Armenians. The area was cut off from the outside world for nine months before it was conquered by Azerbaijan. In the end, people had hardly anything to eat and medicine was practically non-existent.

Russia dependent on Azerbaijan and Turkey

With the Ukraine war, Russia's dependence on Azerbaijan and its ally, Turkey, has grown. With the latter, it makes big business that Russia is isolated from the West. Turkey, for example, is being used by Russian companies to get hold of Western technology. Ankara has been reprimanded several times by the EU and the USA.

After the fall of Nagorno-Karabakh, there are growing concerns that there will also be an open war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. According to Armenian sources, Azerbaijan had recently shelled the Armenian region of Gegarkunik, killing an Armenian soldier and injuring two others in the town of Kut. (erpe/dpa/AFP)

Source: merkur

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