Nagorno-Karabakh ON FIRE after Military Operations and US, CIA Cutout Influence: 20,000 Refugees, 125 Killed in a Mysterious Blast
In the cover image rescue and medical personnel work following an explosion in the gas warehouse near the Stepanakert-Askera highway in Berkadzor on 26 September
Introduction by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
In recent days, Armenian religious people have raised the alarm about the danger of genocide for the overwhelmingly Christian population of the isolated Lachin Corridor, after repeated tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
A sudden military operation justified as counter-terrorism killed dozens of people including at least six Russian peacekeeper soldiers.
This action appears somewhat suspicious and absurd as Russia had accused Turkey of sending the ferocious ISIS jihadist terrorists as mercenaries to fight alongside the Azerbaijani military during the conflict that broke out in September 2020.
Azerbajan is in fact a country with a preponderant Muslim presence, around 95% of which 35% are Sunnis such as the Daesh extremists and the Muslim Brotherhood who support the party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
While in Armenia the Christians, despite the genocide committed against the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1919 which caused around 1.5 million deaths, remain 94% of the population.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has apologized for the killings of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh and pledged to cooperate with the investigation into Wednesday’s incident, the two sides have said. The leader of Azerbaijan expressed condolences and offered compensation to the families of the Russian troops, identical readouts of the conversation said.
But the damage was already done. The military operation ended by terrorizing the population in Nagorno-Karabakh and and unleashing the ire of the Armenians for Russia’s failure to intervene militarily, mediating a fragile truce.
The political course outlined by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in his Independence Day address is deeply flawed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the speech was published. The prime minister’s remarks were merely an attempt to avoid responsibility for his government’s mistakes by blaming them on Russia and flirting with the West, the ministry added.
On Sunday, Pashinyan questioned the “goals and motives of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh” amid a recent escalation in the disputed region that saw Azerbaijan take control over it in a swift military operation.
Now, however, an investigation by Russia Today reveals the projects developed in Armenia by the American government agency USAID, also considered the financial instrument of the CIA for gentle regime changes (with the complicity of the politicians in government) or bloody ones (with the colored revolutions financed by Geroge Soros in Georgia, Lebanon, Ukraine and Syria).
This comes just as the Pentagon is making arrangements with Azerbajan for a joint military security plan in the Caucasus region.
Once again, Washington’s hidden direction behind the resurgence of hostilities in a highly strategic Caucasian area because it borders Georgia, Iran and Iraq comes to light.
Meanwhile, the emergency in Nagorno-Karabakh is growing with tens of thousands of Armenian refugees queuing in the Lachin corridor (an estimated 120 thousand potential displaced persons) to flee to Armenia where 20 thousand have already arrived and the mysterious blast with a big blaze in a fuel depot which caused 125 deaths.
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YEREVAN, September 26. /TASS/. An earlier statement by the Armenian Health Ministry about 125 bodies delivered from Nagorno-Karabakh didn’t mean to say it was the death toll from the recent explosion of a fuel depot in the region, the ministry said.
“Health Minister Anahit Avanesyan referred to the total number of remains that had been delivered from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia,” the ministry said in a statement.
Earlier on Tuesday, Avanesyan said at a news conference that “the remains of 125 people, who were killed in the explosion, were delivered from Nagorno-Karabakh today.” She said the bodies would undergo identification at a forensic center and the data would be subsequently released to the public.
The explosion occurred at the fuel deport on the Stepanakert-Askeran road on Monday evening. According to Armenian news reports, citing the human rights commissioners of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh, the death toll from the blast was 68 as of 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
Originally published by TASS Russian News Agency
Karabakh refugees have to wait for hours to enter Armenia via Lachin corridor
SHUSHA, September 26. /TASS/. Refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh have to wait in line for hours to enter Armenia via the Lachin corridor road, a TASS correspondent reported from the area on Tuesday.
“I started from Stepanakert, and now I’m waiting. I think in an hour, it will be 12 hours in line. And we have no idea why it is like that,” one of the refugees told TASS. “We are heading for Armenia. However, if there is a place for us in Russia, we may go there. Of course, we would rather stay [in Nagorno-Karabakh], but that is not possible.”
Another refugee said he had left Martuni with his relatives and is now going to Yerevan.
“We are from Nagorno-Karabakh, the city of Martuni. We departed at 10 a.m. and stopped for the night near Shusha,” he said. “We have been waiting here for about five hours. We are on our way to Yerevan, but we have nowhere to stay there. <…> So, we’ll see.”
According to the TASS correspondent, hundreds of cars are now waiting in line. Many families with children are among them, some with pets too. Cars and trucks are fully loaded with household items and personal belongings. Vehicles are leaving the nearby city of Stepanakert mostly in groups. Their safety is ensured by Russian peacekeepers and Azerbaijani armed forces.
On September 19, tensions flared up again in Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku announced it was launching what it described as “local anti-terrorist measures” and demanded the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the region. Yerevan, in turn, said there were no Armenian forces in Karabakh, calling what was happening “an act of large-scale aggression.”
Russia has called on the parties to the conflict to stop the bloodshed, end hostilities, prevent civilian casualties, and go back to trying to settle the Karabakh issue diplomatically. On September 20, an agreement was reached to cease hostilities, and the next day representatives of Baku and the Karabakh Armenian population met in the Azerbaijani town of Yevlakh “to discuss reintegration issues.”
Some Karabakh residents began to leave for Armenian territory on September 24. A refugee center opened in the city of Goris not far from the border. A total of 20,000 refugees have already arrived there.
Originally published by TASS Russian News Agency
The depth of US interference in Armenia explained
Within days of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power touched down in Yerevan with promises of “support for Armenia’s sovereignty.” RT explores how USAID is attempting to reshape the country with the aid of its pro-Western prime minister.
How did we get here?
In the face of a military onslaught by Azerbaijani forces, the ethnic Armenian leadership in the disputed province of Nagorno-Karabakh agreed last week to lay down arms and allow the territory to be subsumed into Azerbaijan.Although Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Russian peacekeepers of failing to prevent the Azerbaijani attack, he had already recognized the territory as Azerbaijani, and sought to distance himself from his traditional allies in Moscow and ingratiate himself with the US by holding military exercises with American forces and sending aid money to Ukraine.
Last year, USAID spent $33.7 million on Armenia, according to the agency’s website. Almost half of this amount was directed to government and civil society projects. The agency stated that it intends to speed up the country’s “strategic transition to a more inclusive, democratic, and economically resilient society.”USAID is Washington’s primary distributor of civilian foreign aid. With a yearly budget approaching $30 billion, the agency is active in over 100 countries.
While some of its missions involve the straightforward provision of food or medicine to developing countries, it has been accused of financing hazardous biological research, and in the words of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr, is a “CIA cutout.” USAID is currently seeking contractors for tourism, disaster response, and PR projects in Armenia. However, other US government agencies have already spent millions of dollars rebuilding the Armenian government and civic society in the image of the US.
Originally published by Russia Today
Azerbaijani defense minister, Pentagon official discuss security issues on Nagorno-Karabakh
BAKU, September 26. /TASS/. Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov and US Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Sasha Baker spoke by phone to discuss regional security and military cooperation between the two countries, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement.
According to the statement, the talks took place at the behest of Washington. “The sides had a detailed exchange of views on the ties between the two countries, the situation in the region and security issues,” the ministry said.
Also, the sides discussed prospects for the development of bilateral military cooperation.
In another communication between the countries, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by phone with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to discuss ending hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and deploying a mission of observers to the area, Matthew Miller, said a spokesman for for the US Department of State.
The secretary of state highlighted the importance of avoiding hostilities in the future, providing protection and freedom of movement to civilians and allowing delivery of humanitarian aid, according to the spokesman. Miller said Aliyev promised no hostilities were going to happen and agreed to allow a mission of observers.
Originally published by TASS Russian News Agency