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Azerbaijan is Changing the Whole Dynamics of the Region by Taking Back Its Settlement Area from the Armenians

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It appears that Armenian leaders in the Nagorno-Karabakh region have surrendered to Azerbaijan’s demands.

 

Azerbaijan said on Wednesday it had regained full control over a separatist Armenian enclave, a development that could create thousands of new refugees and spell the end of Armenian provocations to dominate the mountainous Caucasus region.

Addressing his nation, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that pro-Armenian authorities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which has been under the control of Armenian separatists for more than 30 years, surrendered after only two days of clashes.

At the end of the speech, the Azerbaijani leader raised his fist and said, “Karabakh is Azerbaijan.”

Nagorno-Karabakh, which is slightly larger than Rhode Island in area, is a part of Azerbaijan internationally and domestically.

Mountains Karabagh
Mountains Karabagh

The return of the enclave to Azerbaijani rule is likely to alter power dynamics in the South Caucasus, a region that for centuries has been at the crossroads of geopolitical interests of Russia, Turkey and Western nations.

The Armenian separatists’ surrender could hasten the decline of Russian influence in the Caucasus, where Moscow’s role as an arbiter in the decades-old Nagorno-Karabakh conflict made it a pivotal power. It could also threaten instability in Armenia, where Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has sought to build closer ties with the West despite a military alliance with Russia.

Mr. Aliyev said that Azerbaijani authorities would meet with representatives of the breakaway government on Thursday to the discuss reintegration of Armenians under Azerbaijani rule.

 

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