The Azeris are clearly the aggressors: not only do they outnumber the Armenians 3 to 1, but they have modernized their army with enormous help from the Turks.
So Armenia’s destruction of a few Azeri helicopters and tanks was likely the response to an incursion, as it claims.
Erdogan’s support for Azerbaijan is a useful distraction from its weakened domestic economy, but it turns a long-standing local conflict into more geopolitical competition. Armenia can only resist with the support of Russia, which has fueled this side of the arms race – meaning it is only a step or two to lead the conflict between Moscow and Ankara.
“We are a stone’s throw from full-scale war,” says Olesya Vartanyan of the International Crisis Group, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing deadly conflict.
As the United States, European Union, United Nations, NATO, Pope Francis and others have called for a ceasefire, Erdogan stokes the growing fire, offering unwavering support to the ‘Azerbaijan.
But it’s history that makes it more horrific: Ankara still refuses to acknowledge its genocide of nearly 1.5 million Armenians at the end of WWI, and now it is determined to slaughter countless of them. other.