Azerbaijan ATTACKS Armenia!

In the largest escalation since the 44 day Karabakh war in the fall of 2020, Azerbaijani forces have begun large-scale strikes across the line of contact with the self declared “Artsakh Republic”. The Artsakh Republic is an Armenian unrecognized state in the Nagorno Karabakh region which is internationally recognized as Azerbaijan. The map below shows the current situation in the region:

Stepanakert is the capital of the Artsakh Republic and their recent elections are part of Azerbaijan’s cassus belli for going in again. Turkey and Azerbaijan are as close if not closer than even Russia and Belarus so this latest invasion does not occur without explicit Turkish approval. Of course as Christians we should be saddened at a Christian people continually being pushed back and boxed in by surrounding muslim forces but unfortunately the Armenian people didn’t do themselves any favors in electing Soros backed, pro western Nikol Pashinyan to the Prime Ministership. He has already said he will do nothing to defend the Armenians of Artsakh.

Pashinyan is only still in power because prior to and especially in the aftermath of the 2020 Karabakh war he purged the Armenian MOD of Armenian nationalists and pro Russian officers. Russia is a historic ally of Armenia (both being members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization which is similar to NATO) and has defended the interests of ethnic Armenians in the past but Pashinyan has betrayed and insulted the Russians at every turn. He has strongly supported the Ukrainians in the conflict in the Donbass despite the popularity among Armenians for intervening in Artsakh and protecting the Armenians there, a situation entirely analogous to Russia’s SMO into Ukraine. Pashinyan had the audacity to say Russia betrayed Armenia by not adequately defending Artsakh when Armenia itself under Pashinyan’s rule refused to ever recognize its formal existence.

This move by Azerbaijan and by extension Turkey is part of a broader move to ultimately secure the southern panhandle of Armenia proper, the Zangezur corridor, connecting the Azeri heartland with their Nakhchivan exclave that borders Turkey. With these two regions connected, highways, rail, and mass infrastructure can be built between not just Turkey and Azerbaijan, but across the entire central asian Turkic belt which extends from Istanbul to Baku, across the Caspian to Turkmenistan and some would say even into China where the Turkic Uighers reside. Ultimately we know Turkey has attempted to wipe out all ethnic Christian presence in these regions (recall the Armenian and Greek genocides) towards the end of uniting this ethno-religious civilizational superstate in the heart of Eurasia.

It would be extremely ambitious and risky for Baku to move on Armenia proper (they do occupy several mountain passes and a few villages along the borders but Russian peacekeepers also are in these regions) but the securing of Nagorno Karabakh and the driving out of ethnic Armenians and their separatist regime secures crucial high points and strategic roads that would be necessary to secure the aforementioned Zangezur corridor. Armenians are already a largely diaspora people with the ever shrinking Armenian homeland now sitting at a population of less than 3 million. At the writing of this article Armenian nationalists are in the streets demanding the removal of the traitor Pashinyan. Pashinyan recently invited US forces into Armenia to train Yeravan’s riot police for this exact situation. For their sakes let us hope there are enough patriots in the Armenian military to do the right thing.

Conrad Franz is a Staff Writer at Turley Talks.

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