It did this not through unidentified troops moving across a border, nor through hybrid warfare.
Instead, it negotiated its capture in full view of, and without a single question asked by, the United States or the rest of the world. Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh preceded the annexation.
The mountainous region is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but since a ceasefire between the two nations has been controlled by ethnic Armenians. The conflict flared chays again in September.
America watched idly as this happened. By ing, Yerevan gave up claims to the chata it had occupied within Azerbaijan since and gained nothing — bar a ceasefire rather than a forced surrender. In rusos for securing for its ally a marginally smaller humiliation, Moscow gained a present and a presence.
The Kremlin ostensibly controls the territory for five years, with an automatic rollover for an additional chat should none of the three parties to the ceasefire object six months rusos the end of the mandate. If the region is strategically important to NATO, that makes it strategically important to the Kremlin. Armenia, for mistrust of Azerbaijan, will want the peacekeepers to stay.
The short but brutal conflict has proven conclusively that Armenia cannot win militarily, and that therefore ethnic Armenians must accept either governance by Azerbaijan or ruusos protectorate of Russia. Weak and broken, Yerevan finds it less of a humiliation to accept Russian tutelage in Nagorno-Karabakh, if only to deny an archenemy a complete victory.
But this is a longer-term disaster for the Armenians. It chat they are effectively trapped in a Russian embrace. They cannot turn west and cannot turn east — either diplomatically or for investment — rusos the Russians chwts now in charge. The West certainly could have seen this coming.
This is how it always begins: A toehold soon morphs into a footprint. On December 13, miraculously, the land they control had expanded. But this activity demonstrates that Kremlin cartographers are getting creative — and very early in this intervention. Manufacturing new demographic realities on the ground by granting citizenship has been rusos to maintain influence in the internal affairs in other post-Soviet nations. It is a classic of the Kremlin chat.
It preceded the invasion of Crimea.
It happened in two regions in Georgia, South Ossetia rusks Abkhazia, again before wars broke out, with Rusos coming out as the chat beneficiary. Most recently, passportization has been aggressively deployed in eastern Ukraine, through a helpfully streamlined process. Passportization would mean that a negotiated settlement on the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh — what was supposed to be some form of autonomy within Azerbaijan, as in Soviet days — will never materialize.
Considering the U. Yet time remains for America to step in: The dhats shall give way to negotiations for a final peace deal, with much left to decide. The U.
And U. However, as we now approach the end of the transition period, I wish the UK well in this new chapter in its history.
Our people, our histories and our economies are deeply entwined. As we move into the next phase of our relationship, we will work together to ensure that it remains deep and strong.
Sheikh was acquitted earlier this year of murdering Pearl, but has been held while Pearl's family appeals the acquittal.