Armenpress: Expert says Russia would not tolerate Turkey’s actions to populate NK territories with Syrians

Expert says Russia would not tolerate Turkey’s actions to populate NK territories with Syrians

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 09:07,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. Turkey’s plans to populate the territories of Nagorno Karabakh, which have come under the Azerbaijani control, with Syrians will not be accepted by both Russia and Iran. Russia would not allow it or will take anti-terrorist measures later, Expert on Turkish studies Ruben Melkonyan told Armenpress, commenting on the foreign and local media reports according to which Turkey is transferring Syrians to the territories of Nagorno Karabakh currently controlled by Azerbaijan.

The expert said these reports, even they are not coming from real facts, have a very serious potential of becoming a reality.

According to him, the issue should be viewed from two important domains. “The first one is that Turkey’s open participation to the recent war [in Karabakh] made us suppose that after the war as well Turkey will continue to keep its active presence in this matter. And it’s natural that Turkey will try to take some steps in its policy priorities. Secondly, we need to take into account that the demography policy or the demographic engineering has a very important place in Turkey’s policy. It is based on a state tradition and has a history of centuries. In the occupied territories Turkey is immediately starting the policy of neutralizing the further threats and creating additional threats for the enemy countries”, the expert said.

Melkonyan reminded that before the Armenian Genocide Turkey has populated various territories of historic Armenia with different Muslim nations which later played a role in the implementation of the Armenian Genocide. He said Turkey, by occupying several territories in Syria, is populating them with people faithful to it. According to the expert, Turkey is trying the same also in the territories of Artsakh which have come under the Azerbaijani control. “My analysis is based on the principles of the Turkish demographic policy, and these principles allow to claim that populating the occupied territories of Artsakh with people faithful to Turkey is very realistic”, he said.

Melkonyan is sure that some of these people will be terrorists with their families who can turn from a ‘peaceful civilian’ to an extreme terrorist at any moment, by participating in military or terrorist operations. “In other words, by populating that territories with that people, Turkey in fact is deploying a special division of the army in the face of terrorists and their families”, the expert on Turkish studies noted.

Asked why there is no wish to populate those territories with Azerbaijanis, Melkonyan said the question should be viewed in the context of expected public developments, complaints in Azerbaijan and we should understand whether Azerbaijan’s statement that the refugees want to move to Aghdam and other territories is true or is another myth.

Melkonyan also stated that Turkey’s such plans are not in the interests of Iran and Russia.

“Russia should not allow transfer of terrorists to that region which is closer to its borders. But if we look at the issue from political perspective, the presence of terrorists in this territory would allow Russia to take certain steps at any moment under the anti-terrorist war flag or other”, he said.

Ruben Melkonyan proposed to wait for developments and understand which priority will be more influential for Russia – the humanitarian one or the anti-terrorist one. The expert, however, believes that both Russia and Iran would not accept these steps and may take some actions either now or later. “Nevertheless, we need to understand that this issue is going to be one of the key points of the Russian-Turkish or Turkish-Iranian clash”, Ruben Melkonyan said.

Interview by Anna Grigoryan

Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan

Armenia exports and imports drop 4,4% and 13,7%

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. The export volumes of goods and services from Armenia in January-September 2020 totaled 1 billion 828 million 122 thousand US dollars at current prices. The figure dropped 4,4% compared to 2019, while the import volumes (according to the country of export) totaled 3 billion 219 million 918,7 thousand dollars – a 13,7% drop.

According to the Statistics Committee, exports from Armenia to CIS countries in the reporting period totaled 494 million 424,9 thousand dollars (12% drop), and imports from these countries totaled 1 billion 332 million 696 thousand dollars (5,1% increase), from which the exports to EEU countries totaled 472 million 683,5 thousand dollars (11,8% drop), and imports totaled 1 billion 230 million 686 thousand dollars (6,7%).

Exports to European Union countries dropped 27,5% (325,9 million dollars), while imports stood at 662 million (16,1% drop).

Exports volumes from Armenia to other countries grew 11,9% and totaled 1 billion 7 million 774,5 thousand dollars, and imports dropped 26,8% – totaling 1 billion 225 million 213,8 thousand dollars.

The figures don’t include information on energy carriers.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

Armenia exports and imports drop 4,4% and 13,7%

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. The export volumes of goods and services from Armenia in January-September 2020 totaled 1 billion 828 million 122 thousand US dollars at current prices. The figure dropped 4,4% compared to 2019, while the import volumes (according to the country of export) totaled 3 billion 219 million 918,7 thousand dollars – a 13,7% drop.

According to the Statistics Committee, exports from Armenia to CIS countries in the reporting period totaled 494 million 424,9 thousand dollars (12% drop), and imports from these countries totaled 1 billion 332 million 696 thousand dollars (5,1% increase), from which the exports to EEU countries totaled 472 million 683,5 thousand dollars (11,8% drop), and imports totaled 1 billion 230 million 686 thousand dollars (6,7%).

Exports to European Union countries dropped 27,5% (325,9 million dollars), while imports stood at 662 million (16,1% drop).

Exports volumes from Armenia to other countries grew 11,9% and totaled 1 billion 7 million 774,5 thousand dollars, and imports dropped 26,8% – totaling 1 billion 225 million 213,8 thousand dollars.

The figures don’t include information on energy carriers.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

Armenian PM, ICRC delegation discuss the search for the missing, work done to ensure return of PoWs

Public Radio of Armenia
Nov 27 2020

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) led by the head of the ICRC delegation to Armenia Claire Meytraud.

The Prime Minister expressed concern over the scope of work to be done to ensure the return of the captives and the search for the missing and bodies of the dead. Nikol Pashinyan stressed the need to increase the ICRC’s resources, including human resources, and noted that the Government of the Republic of Armenia is ready to make every effort to promote the most effective and rapid implementation of the above-mentioned work. The Prime Minister noted the need for the ICRC to provide regular information on the condition, health and detention conditions of detainees.

Claire Meytraud briefed the Prime Minister on the progress of their work, provided information on meetings with Armenian captives. The head of the ICRC delegation in Armenia expressed satisfaction with the cooperation of the Nagorno Karabakh authorities with the Russian peacekeepers, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.

At the same time, Ms. Meytraud especially emphasized the importance of the map provided by the RA Ministry of Defense with the markings of specific places, which increases the efficiency of the search. She cited the existence of mined areas as well as bad weather conditions as an obstacle to speeding up the search.

During the meeting the interlocutors discussed a number of issues related to the effective cooperation on the above-mentioned issues, the process of work on the exchange of prisoners.

Armenian PM, ICRC delegation discuss the search for the missing, work done to ensure return of PoWs

Public Radio of Armenia
Nov 27 2020

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) led by the head of the ICRC delegation to Armenia Claire Meytraud.

The Prime Minister expressed concern over the scope of work to be done to ensure the return of the captives and the search for the missing and bodies of the dead. Nikol Pashinyan stressed the need to increase the ICRC’s resources, including human resources, and noted that the Government of the Republic of Armenia is ready to make every effort to promote the most effective and rapid implementation of the above-mentioned work. The Prime Minister noted the need for the ICRC to provide regular information on the condition, health and detention conditions of detainees.

Claire Meytraud briefed the Prime Minister on the progress of their work, provided information on meetings with Armenian captives. The head of the ICRC delegation in Armenia expressed satisfaction with the cooperation of the Nagorno Karabakh authorities with the Russian peacekeepers, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.

At the same time, Ms. Meytraud especially emphasized the importance of the map provided by the RA Ministry of Defense with the markings of specific places, which increases the efficiency of the search. She cited the existence of mined areas as well as bad weather conditions as an obstacle to speeding up the search.

During the meeting the interlocutors discussed a number of issues related to the effective cooperation on the above-mentioned issues, the process of work on the exchange of prisoners.

Russian Defense Ministry: 168 explosive devices defused in Karabakh in past day

TASS, Russia
Nov 27 2020
Apart from that, the Russian peacekeepers are helping peaceful life to get back on track and are also overseeing the return of refugees

MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. Russian peacekeepers have found and destroyed 168 explosive devices in Nagorno-Karabakh over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Friday.

"In the past 24 hours, 168 explosive devices were found. They were taken to a specially equipped training ground and destroyed," the Defense Ministry said adding that two power transmission lines and four cell towers had been cleared up from mines.


Russian Defense Ministry: 168 explosive devices defused in Karabakh in past day

TASS, Russia
Nov 27 2020
Apart from that, the Russian peacekeepers are helping peaceful life to get back on track and are also overseeing the return of refugees

MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. Russian peacekeepers have found and destroyed 168 explosive devices in Nagorno-Karabakh over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Friday.

"In the past 24 hours, 168 explosive devices were found. They were taken to a specially equipped training ground and destroyed," the Defense Ministry said adding that two power transmission lines and four cell towers had been cleared up from mines.


Russian Defense Ministry: 168 explosive devices defused in Karabakh in past day

TASS, Russia
Nov 27 2020
Apart from that, the Russian peacekeepers are helping peaceful life to get back on track and are also overseeing the return of refugees

MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. Russian peacekeepers have found and destroyed 168 explosive devices in Nagorno-Karabakh over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Friday.

"In the past 24 hours, 168 explosive devices were found. They were taken to a specially equipped training ground and destroyed," the Defense Ministry said adding that two power transmission lines and four cell towers had been cleared up from mines.


Peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan is a disaster for Iran

Arab News
Nov 27 2020

The latest conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh has been a disaster for Iran. The terms of the cease-fire agreed on by Armenia and Azerbaijan represent a grave threat to Tehran’s long-term strategic interests.
The effects of this are likely to affect the perception of the regime among the Iranian people, and alter its policies on Azerbaijan and Syria.
Azerbaijan now has control over the entirety of its border with Iran along the Aras river. While this is cause for celebration in Baku, it is viewed with alarm in Tehran because an extension of Azerbaijan’s border gives Israel access to more territory from which it can keep tabs on Iran.
Despite denials from Baku, it is no secret that Israel and Azerbaijan enjoy substantive cooperation in intelligence, energy and military matters.
Azerbaijan is one of the largest buyers of Israeli weaponry. Its use of Israeli “kamikaze” drones during the war played an important role in tilting the battlefield to its advantage — although Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones have been credited as the true game-changer in the conflict.
In addition, Azerbaijan and Israel maintain deep intelligence ties. Were Tel Aviv to launch airstrikes against Iranian nuclear installations, Azerbaijan would likely play a vital role, either as a refueling stop or launchpad.
The other consequence of the war is the proposed creation of a transit corridor through Armenian territory, connecting Azerbaijan to its Nakhchivan exclave. It is likely that this corridor, which will be patrolled by Russian troops, will run parallel to Armenia’s border with Iran. This has already raised concerns in Tehran, as it could effectively cut off Iranian access to Armenia, and from there to Europe via Georgia. For a country already reeling from international sanctions, it is of great importance to Iran that it maintains access to friendly neighbors.
Such is the panic that has set in, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi was compelled to explicitly issue an assurance that access to Armenia will not be threatened. It is noteworthy that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will soon travel to Moscow and Baku to discuss the issue in more detail.
However, it is even more important to take note of a capital city he will not be visiting: Ankara. Turkey is another important winner in the conflict. Not only will its troops maintain a presence in Azerbaijan, it also will have direct access to the Caspian Sea through the proposed Nakhchivan-Azerbaijan corridor. Ankara can now directly project influence in Central Asia, which has been one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s most cherished ambitions.
Tehran will have taken note of Russia’s reluctance to offer full-throated support to its ally, Armenia. The takeaway from Moscow’s role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is that it is happy to sacrifice an ally if it becomes too bothersome. Nikol Pashinyan, Armenia’s prime minister, came to power through the sort of “color revolution” detested by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pashinyan further annoyed him by jailing Robert Kocharyan, Armenia’s former president and erstwhile Putin ally.
In this conflict, then, Moscow stuck to the letter, rather than the spirit, of its alliance with Yerevan, stating that its security commitments only extend to Armenian territory. The Russians allowed Azerbaijan to reclaim all its lost territories, while Armenia retained rump areas around Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital.
Moscow will maintain its influence in the region by providing a peacekeeping force in Karabakh and along the proposed Nakhchivan-Azerbaijan corridor. It also will be happy to see the back of Pashinyan, whose political career seems to be over. Russia also appears to be guided by its broader goal of ensuring that Turkey remains out of the orbit of the West.
Astute policymakers in Tehran will likely draw the right conclusions from this, particularly in terms of what it might augur for Iran’s ally in Syria, Bashar Assad. Having seen the eagerness with which Russia and Turkey were willing to hash out a deal between themselves, Tehran is likely to push the Assad regime in the direction of concluding the Syrian civil war.

The main effect the outcome of the conflict will have on domestic politics within Iran is likely to be psychological. It is yet another blow to Tehran’s self-image as a regional hegemon.

Dnyanesh Kamat

The main effect the outcome of the conflict will have on domestic politics within Iran is likely to be psychological. It is yet another blow to Tehran’s self-image as a regional hegemon. Indeed the fact that the regime was a bystander to the conflict, unable to influence its outcome, will revive memories of the two Russo-Persian Wars of the 19th century, which resulted in Persia having to cede control over the entire South Caucasus.
It reveals to the Iranian people that Tehran no longer has the economic might, the technological sophistication or an alluring political model to influence a region that was under Persian influence for hundreds of years — one is tempted to say thousands, since the time of the Achaemenid empire.
Taken together, all of this represents yet another slight to the legitimacy of the regime that has ruled Iran since 1979.

  • Dnyanesh Kamat is a political analyst specializing in the Middle East and South Asia. He also advises governments on policies and strategic initiatives to foster growth in the creative industries, such as media, entertainment and culture. Copyright: Syndication Bureau
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Armenia declares Qarabag FK press officer Nurlan Ibrahimov wanted

Pubic Radio of Armenia
Nov 27 2020

Former press officer of the Azerbaijani club Qarabag FK Nurlan Ibrahimov has been declared wanted, Armenia’s Investigative Committee reports.

The Committee has submitted a motion to the Court of First Instance of Yerevan to use detention as a pretrial measure against him.

Ibrahimov is charged with inciting national, racial or religious hatred (Article 226 of RA Criminal Code), inciting direct and public genocide (Point 1 of the Part 2 of the Article 393.1 of RA Criminal Code), justifying and endorsing genocide and other crimes against peace and security of humanity (Article 373.1 of RA Criminal Code).

On November 26 UEFA banned him from any football-related activity for life an has asked FIFA to extend worldwide the life ban. It will also fine Qarabağ FK €100,000.