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Vardanyan, we were not left any other way. And Putin knows it (About the most important)

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BY EYNULLA FATULLAYEV

The open letter of the well-known Russian investor and philanthropist Ruben Vardanyan to Russian President Vladimir Putin attracted attention not only in Armenia itself and among the influential Armenian diaspora, but also made many people in Azerbaijan ponder. Although it did not arouse understanding.

In the post-Soviet space, Vardanyan does not need a special introduction: he is a fairly well-known and large-scale personality, and his investment company 'Dialogue Troika' has been recognised in Russia since the fat 2000s.

Vardanyan and the Russian Armenians could stop the wild elements of Pashinyan. But they preferred silence and a smile

Ruben Vardanyan asks the Russian president to intervene and stop the new Karabakh war, for, according to the Russian oligarch of Armenian origin, 'if the situation in Karabakh ends in disaster, then it will become an incurable wound for Russia.' Is Vardanyan just now, after a new outbreak of a brutal and bloody war, realising the full scale of the Karabakh tragedy?

Karabakh became an incurable and bleeding wound for Russia not today, not yesterday, but in the distant 1988, causing, according to Putin himself, the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the last century - the collapse of the Soviet state. And in inciting the first violent and merciless bloody conflict, Russian Armenians, well known to Vardanyan - Academician Abel Aganbekyan, Georgy Shakhnazarov, Elena Bonner-Alikhanyan, and many other representatives of the Soviet elite of Armenian origin, played an important role. The conniving and instigating role of the Russian Armenians in the formation of the ideological platform of the Miatsum-Krunk movement, which sowed the seeds of the deepest national crisis and civil confrontation, resulted in a long permanent war between two states friendly to modern Russia. Let us assume that the growth of separatist tendencies and a deliberate policy of redrawing the borders were the result of the erroneous Gorbachev-Yeltsin national policy. However, Vladimir Putin, one of the first leaders in the world arena, realised the priority of an early resolution of the prehistoric Karabakh conflict on the basis of the Madrid principles of settlement adopted by the mediating powers, including Russia.

Does Ruben Vardanyan know that the former and current political leadership of Armenia, deliberately sabotaging the settlement concept, at first firmly accepted these principles, and then categorically renounced them? Azerbaijan was simply offered the only resolution model - to forget about its historical lands and come to terms with military and political defeat.

And the voices of wise politicians - the first President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan and one of the founders of the informal movement Paruyr Hayrikyan, who called on their people to come out of the overwhelming state of fierce victorious euphoria, remained unheard, like a voice crying in the desert, which drowned out the roar of the populist cacophony of Karabakh field separatism. After all, sophisticated by political battles and scientific research, Ter-Petrosyan tirelessly repeated: the war is not over, we won the battle, but the main battle is ahead. Separate voices called on the Armenian people for a just and compromise solution to the conflict. Why did Ruben Vardanyan and others like him remain indifferent to the voice of reason and common sense? Neither Vardanyan, nor Ara Abrahamyan, nor Gagik Adibekyan, nor Samvel Karapetyan, and even the intellectual Karen Shakhnazarov - the list of an influential cohort of famous Russian Armenians can be continued - intervened and did not try to stop the hotheads of steel separatist uniforms leading their people to disaster. The only exception was the outstanding Russian Armen Jigarkhanyan. For him, this war became a personal tragedy.

Why didn't you hear Ter-Petrosyan?

Today, only today, when too much time has been lost, Vardanyan asks Putin to save the Armenian people from the abyss of grief, loss and humiliation. But after all, it was Vladimir Putin himself who invited the two presidents to the negotiating table, convincing them to adopt a phased plan for resolving the conflict. Russia persuaded the leaders of Armenia in the presence of the Azerbaijani president in Kazan, in Sochi, and in St. Petersburg. Russia foresaw a great tragedy that could still be stopped at that time.

Then, at the suggestion of Putin, the notorious 'Lavrov's plan' appeared on the de-occupation of the five district centres of Azerbaijan captured by Armenia during the first Karabakh war. And again there was a refusal from Armenia. But Ruben Vardanyan and other influential Armenians again remained silent, indifferent and vacant. Why didn't Vardanyan realise the importance of Putin in the Karabakh settlement in 2015 and 2016? Why was he silent and did not support Lavrov's plan?! After all, the persistent resistance of the Armenian elite brought the negotiation process to a dead end. And then came the true culmination - the leader of the Black Hundreds, Pashinyan, who broke into the Armenian government on the crest of the revolutionary wave, finally announced the completion of the negotiations: 'Karabakh is Armenia. The point.' Putin threw up his hands. And Ilham Aliyev, armed with an inexhaustible mandate of popular confidence, proclaimed that Karabakh is Azerbaijan. And an exclamation mark.

At that moment, something subtle was cut off, the last hopes for peace were buried along with the 'Madrid principles' torn by Armenian politicians to shreds. The diplomats fell silent. And the cannons were bound to speak.

Vardanyan, addressing President Putin, absolutely cynically and defiantly cheekily declares that what is happening in Karabakh is not just a territorial conflict. Excuse me, what is this then?! But Vardanyan assures Putin that this is not even a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. What an ambiguous, caustic inappropriate lie. So what is it? Vardanyan assures Putin that a geopolitical time bomb is planted in Karabakh, which will explode, and this is primarily a threat to Russia. Vardanyan distorts the truth, provokes déjà vu, distorts reality. A geopolitical time bomb - and more than one! - was founded in Karabakh at the dawn of Gorbachev's perestroika. And it was this bomb that led to the universal explosion, destroying the great first-class country, and remains to this day a threat to Russia.

Putin did everything for peace in Karabakh

Is Russia really so dear to Mr Vardanyan? But for some reason, Vardanyan and other representatives of the Russian Armenians did not stop the wild Pashinyan element in its aspirations to put an end to Russian influence and the greatest Russian culture in the South Caucasus. Vardanyan was silent when Pashinyan's 'Soros fighters' burned books of Russian classics, attacked the Russian military base, closed Russian schools, encroached on the honour of a Russian soldier, cultivating in Armenia the heroic image of anti-Russian Nazism in the person of the revived cult of Garegin Nzhdeh. Armenia, turning its back on Russia, has become a hotbed of anti-Putin propaganda, accelerating the engines of colour revolutions in other CIS countries. Why was Vardanyan silent? Didn't he realise that Pashinyan's Armenia had turned into a real evil and the main scourge for the interests of the regional security system built by Putin. Pashinyan's regime is a geopolitical time bomb. Or maybe Vardanyan does not suspect that it was in Pashinyan's Armenia that the dream of a future colour Russian revolution was laid and nurtured? So this truth was voiced by Margarita Simonyan herself. Is the pendulum of Russian public opinion wrong? Yes, it was there, in Yerevan, that a smithy for future soldiers of the pro-Western liberal revolution was born. The arrival of the long-awaited 'Russian spring' was accelerated there.

Does Vardanyan still consider Armenia an ally of Russia?! Wake up, the train left long ago. Pashinyan's propaganda eloquently proclaims: 'Russia is Armenia's yesterday, and the West is tomorrow.' Yes, Vardanyan is right, Russia can only be powerful with strong allies. But among the sincere and tried-and-true allies, there has long been no Armenia, which is puzzled by an early break with Russia, the acceleration of the inglorious European integration and a dastardly struggle with the successful geopolitical and geo-economic projects of Vladimir Putin.

Vardanyan takes the liberty of appealing to the military-political elite of Russia. Intervene, save, tomorrow you will be ashamed! What should the Russian military be ashamed of? After all, Azerbaijan, without invading Nagorno-Karabakh, is waging a just war on its own, I repeat, its own territory recognised by the world, including Russia! Liberating its own cities and districts, called by the Armenian politicians a foggy security zone. And this just war has exactly the same relation to universal human values as a true patriot feels to the historical part of his Motherland seized by foreigners. The taken away land is our history!

This is our land! And we will die for her!

This is not pathos, but an expression of the feeling of the Motherland, inherent in us from birth. Shouldn't Vardanyan know about the feeling of the Motherland, shocked by a series of defeats, humiliated by Armenia's own politicians on the battlefield?! This path of defeat for Armenia was opened not by Vladimir Putin and the Russian military-political elite, but by Pashinyan's inglorious political group.

Today Vardanyan appeals to an unshakeable conscience, higher reason and natural compassion, denying the contemplation of someone else's misfortune. But millions of Azerbaijanis, expelled from their lands in tears and suffering, have cried out for conscience and compassion for too long. Nobody heard us. And Vardanyan, in his epistolary genre, is right about one thing, that for today's actions it would be necessary to answer over time. The Armenian military and the elite, which lost their sense of responsibility, had to answer for their actions today. We were left with no other choice. And Putin knows about it.

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