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Yerevan heard Putin's warning... And Lavrov from Baku warned others (On hot heels)

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BY EYNULLA FATULLAYEV

At the last meeting of Russia's Security Council, Vladimir Putin sternly warned zealous revenge-seekers who advocate a revision of the historic 'statement of the three.' In Putin's mouth, the warning to those who are trying to revise or torpedo the agreement that provided a historic breakthrough sounded like a harsh sentence. It's clear that the Russian president waved his finger in displeasure at the very nose of the Armenian government and the Armenian opposition. In Azerbaijan, even the most rabid pro-Western opposition would not think to urge the government to reconsider the act of surrender of Armenia.

In Yerevan, Putin was instantly heard by both the government, barely holding on to power, and the opposition, which is striving at full steam for the coveted power. After Putin's disgruntled remark in response to Lavrov's significant comment about probable problems in the implementation of the agreement, the heavyweights of the Russian government urgently flew to Yerevan. The Kremlin likes to repeat that those who do not want to talk to Lavrov will have to listen to Shoigu. In the apartments of the pro-Western duumvirate of Pashinyan and Sarkissian, there appeared those with whom one needs to talk and whom one needs to listen to.

In Yerevan, they talked with Lavrov and listened to Shoigu

The echo of the talks in Pashinyan's residence reached beyond the walls of the Armenian government, to the protest square, which is growing every hour. The leader of the Armenian opposition Artur Gagikovich Vanetsyan also heard Putin's warning. Even before the departure of Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu from Yerevan, Vanetsyan hurried to make an urgent statement: 'If the opposition comes to power, the "statement of the three" will not be revised and the new government will continue to fulfil Armenia's peaceful obligations.' Paradoxically, Vanetsyan and other opposition leaders were demanding the immediate and unconditional resignation of Pashinyan, whom they themselves declared a traitor to the nation. The opposition used to call on the people to quickly get involved in the protest movement, so that before the transfer of Kelbajar and Lachin to Azerbaijan, they would have time to overthrow Pashinyan and save the honour and reputation of great Armenia. However, immediately after a strict warning from Moscow Vanetsyan, the Dashnaks and others like them diametrically changed their attitude to the agreement with Azerbaijan, confirming their solidarity with the peace process. The question is: why, in this case, overthrow Pashinyan?

The sudden appearance in Yerevan of Sergei Viktorovich and Sergei Kuzhugetovich noticeably sobered the decorative Armenian president too. Just a few days ago, Armen Sarkissian proclaimed the only way to save Armenia and the nation, inviting Pashinyan and his government to resign and announce new parliamentary elections. However, on the eve, Amen Sarkissian went on and on for a long time in front of the distinguished Kremlin guests, arguing about the need to deepen allied relations with Russia.

Both Pashinyan and Vanetsyan heard everything too

From the first day of the ceasefire, the Kremlin has been the sole guarantor of the implementation of the Moscow agreement. Of course, Turkey is also taking part in the process of detente. But taking into account the historical aggression of Armenia towards the heiress of the Ottoman Empire, Azerbaijan reacted with understanding to the uncontested dominant participation of Russia in the role of a high arbiter and dominant peacekeeping force. Russia flawlessly plays the role of an impartial international mediator, obliging the parties to strictly implement the signed agreement. On November 20, a historic event took place: according to the prescribed schedule, Armenia withdrew its occupation troops from the Aghdam district. Two major stages remain: the withdrawal of troops from the Kelbajar and Lachin districts. And judging by today's statements by President Ilham Aliyev at a meeting with Russian ministers who have completed their 'shuttle visit' to Baku, the Azerbaijani government is sincerely satisfied with the mechanism for implementing the agreement. Ilham Aliyev especially emphasised the role of Vladimir Putin in localising the conflict, stabilising the situation and deepening the peace process.

Ilham Aliyev talked more about peace, about the need to end the conflict, about the burning issue: reconciliation between Armenia and Azerbaijan and overcoming the post-war syndrome. The Azerbaijani president called for the joint coexistence of two countries and two communities: our peoples need to heal the wounds of war!

Ilham Aliyev called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to heal the wounds of war. And Lavrov spoke about geopolitical ambitions

The Azerbaijani president has openly demonstrated his position: Baku is eager for a peaceful and stable life and is working on a model of mutual integration. Ilham Aliyev, in unison with Vladimir Putin, removed the old Gorbachev epithet 'Nagorno-Karabakh conflict' from modern political terminology...

Sergey Lavrov also issued an unexpected warning in Baku. At a sudden briefing after the Baku talks at the residence of the Azerbaijani president, the Russian foreign minister also waved his finger in displeasure. Lavrov spoke about the danger of manifestation of geopolitical ambitions around the Karabakh settlement. At the same time, openly declaring that Russia will firmly reject such attempts.

Lavrov's briefing coincided with a new instigation by French President Macron. Through its entire policy in recent weeks, Paris has created a situation that obliges the Minsk Group to remove France from the position of a co-chair of the mediation mission. Macron openly expresses hostility towards one of the parties to the conflict, in this case Azerbaijan. Agence France-Presse widely covered the appearance of Macron at the marathon of the Hayastan Foundation, which collects donations for humanitarian aid to Armenian refugees (???) from seven districts liberated by Azerbaijan!!! Excuse me, what kind of refugees from the lowland Karabakh is Macron talking about?! The whole world saw a sad picture of Zangilan, Gubadli, Fuzuli, Aghdam, Jabrail, wiped off the face of the earth...

Macron left for Hayastan and declared international responsibility

In these areas there is not a single house, hut, street or even a side street. Only units of the defeated Armenian army fled from these lands. Is Macron collecting money for the Armenian military? What refugees is he talking about? In addition, the French president, with shamelessness and cynicism that deserves a more worthy application, speaks of 120,000 deported Armenians from the mountainous part of Karabakh. But these numbers run counter to the official statistics of the separatists and the Armenian government. Finally, Macron calls Nagorno-Karabakh in some kind of newspeak 'Artsakh.' What is this if not inciting hatred and a new war in the region?

It seems that Lavrov was talking about such manifestations of geopolitical ambitions. And Macron himself does not hide this: the West will calm down if the trilateral agreement operates under international control. It is incredibly difficult to understand and comprehend the logic of the president of a Western country: why is the adjective 'international' identified only with the Western world? And what is Russia and Turkey in the understanding of the French president? Peripheral control? And further. One wants to understand so much: who differentiates the forms of control and determines the countries with international responsibility?

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