The Hill: Obama administration yields field to Russia in South Caucasus in settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict

The Hill: Obama administration yields field to Russia in South Caucasus in settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict
# 06 January 2015 09:11 (UTC +04:00)

“Azerbaijan supplies Israel with 50 percent of its oil needs and buys most of its weaponry from it. The United States won't sell weapons to it because of its ongoing conflict with next-door Armenia, which seized almost 20 percent of Azeri territory,” it says.

Author of the article, Raoul Lowery Contreras recalls that twenty-three years ago, Armenian soldiers supported by Russian troops attacked an army-less newly independent Azerbaijan and seized a large portion of the country: “Armenia expelled almost 1 million Azeris from their homes in the conquered territory while committing a massacre of an entire Azeri community in the town of Kohjaly.

Eyewitness American and European journalists described the bloody scene of massacre littered with disfigured bodies of men, women and children in dispatches published at the time. One word is applicable in this case: genocide.

Azerbaijan wants to be friends with the United States like it is with Israel. Defying any logic, the Obama administration prefers not to deal with Israel's friend.

In fact, despite Russian designs on Azeri oil and independence and current tremendous pressure to make Azerbaijan part of the Russian-led Eurasian Union, the Obama administration yields the field to Russia in the South Caucasus in the settlement of what the Russians call the Armenian-Azeri "frozen conflict."

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