It is possible that the war in Karabakh is much closer than we may think: Independent Military Review

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The Russian edition, Independent Military Review, published an article by the Deputy Director of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis, Alexander Khramchikhin, entitled "Nagorno-Karabakh: the powder keg of Transcaucasia".

The article particularly reads:

“Going into the history of Nagorno-Karabakh, figuring out who it should belong “justly”, is completely meaningless. At least because it is not clear from what moment this story is counted. Moreover, both sides built their slender, flawless and mutually exclusive argument systems on this issue, which they will never give up under any circumstances (a similar situation exists in almost all territorial disputes).


From the point of view of modern norms of international law, there is a classic and insoluble contradiction between the principle of the inviolability of borders (in favor of Azerbaijan) and the right of nations to self-determination (in favor of Armenia). True, with regard to the Karabakh case, there is a certain slyness here: after all, the collapse of the USSR completely violated the principle of the inviolability of borders, realizing the right of nations to self-determination. And in this case it is not clear why the borders of the former Soviet republics should have been considered inviolable. Moreover, the communist authorities of the USSR drew these borders in a highly arbitrary manner.

And why, during the collapse of the common country, the people were divided into varieties in accordance with the Soviet hierarchy of national entities? That is, why did the union republics have an unconditional right to secede from the USSR, and the autonomous republics and regions did not have the right to secede from the union republics? If the USSR was so terrible, why is its artificial hierarchy of nations sacred and inviolable?

Thus, if there is no sense to look for rights and wrongs in the Karabakh conflict in the historical context, in the context of the collapse of the USSR, Armenians should be recognized as somewhat more right-wing - they were at least more consistent, following exclusively the right to self-determination. Azerbaijan, undoubtedly recognizing this right for itself, completely denied it to Karabakh.

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