Erdogan’s proxy war in Armenia is an echo of Turkey’s genocidal campaign

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Fostering a proxy war in Armenia may serve the needs of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but it is a dreadful echo of the genocide committed by Turkey against the Armenians a century ago.On September 27, Azerbaijan resumed its conflict with Armenia, accusing it of unprovoked attacks. At stake is the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous territory of 150,000 inhabitants (mainly ethnic Armenians) which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but claimed and ruled by Armenia since a previous war. .

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.

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