Ara Papyan says Karabakh edging closer to a full-fledged war next year

Panorama, Armenia

No full-fledged war is expected this year, yet the possibility of war rises over the time, since Azerbaijan needs the time to realize the accumulated armament until the next escalation, political scientist Ara Papyan told a press conference on Saturday, adding Azerbaijan at the same time is not interested in a full-scale war across the whole Line of Contact, instead preferring three-day or four-day exhausting military actions.

To Papyan’s conviction, Azerbaijan is definitely opting for solving the Karabakh conflict through military mean as evidenced by the warmongering rhetoric of Azerbaijani president who uses the term “Azerbaijani historical lands” in reference to not only Artsakh but also Armenia. 

The speaker next reflected on Russia’s sale of weaponry to Azerbaijan. “Russia should declare Armenia not an allied state in order for us to determine our future actions. Interestingly, Russians want us to treat them as an ally, resent over the fact Armenia refuses to grant a state status to the Russian, while at the same time they put themselves outside those allied relations,” Papyan said, adding Russia has no right to sell weapons to Azerbaijan, while justifications that other countries would sell appear to be immoral with no justification.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS