Azerbaijan Raps Armenia For Self-Isolation Resulted From Occupying Policies

Fuad Muxtarlı Analysis 12 November 2019
Azerbaijan Raps Armenia For Self-Isolation Resulted From Occupying Policies

In a fresh move, Armenia and Azerbaijan have traded accusations, blaming each other for the current state of affairs around the Nagorno-Karabakh – the breakaway Azerbaijani region that has been under Yerevan’s control since early 1990s with the direct military and political involvement of the then USSR and in the wake of its demise – Russia.

With the aftermath of the bloody war and the occupation of 20 per cent of Azerbaijan’s territories in place after the active phase of the war that ended with the Bishkek protocol in 1994, Yerevan has avoided constructivism in every way possible under various pretexts to withdraw its occupying troops from the occupied Azerbaijani lands.

A day after Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov lashed out at Armenia for self-isolation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with his direct appearance in Yerevan once again upset the apple cart, using various expressions, like the Karabakh people and so on and thus, letting Baku that the Kremlin has no plans to throw Armenia at the mercy of Azerbaijan.

Addressing the 24th meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OEC), Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov once again reminded the Armenian governments have had isolated themselves from the world for around 30 years.

Noting that the unresolved conflicts in the ECO region, including the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, are impeding the full cooperation among the members of the organization, the Azerbaijani minister stressed the importance of resolving them for the further development of mutual cooperation.

In particular, Elmar Mammadyarov expressed regret that the ongoing conflicts are not only a reflection of the political realities, but also damage the economic opportunities of the region.

“For instance, if it weren’t for the occupation of our territories by Armenia, this country would have direct railway link with Iran via Naxcivan,” he said.

Thus, the Azerbaijani minister proved the absurdity of statements by Armenian politicians that Azerbaijan and Turkey have blockaded the "poor, long-suffering" country from the outside world.

Perhaps, one cannot find the best evidence than this one. Once Armenia had a railway connection with Iran, but it later achieved its closure. And now the Armenians are blaming almost the whole world, which refuses to help them build a hopeless railway worth billions of dollars to Iran.

Armenia has had also railway connections with Russia via Azerbaijan and Georgia. In the Soviet time, Armenia had an excellent railway connection with Russia through the territory of Azerbaijan. However, it was the aggressive policy of the Armenian governments that led to war with the only country that provided her such an advantage.

But either the Armenian politicians cannot understand the simple truth - if you want to get out of the blockade, make peace with Azerbaijan. Either they are just trying to set the whole world against us. But the Armenian authorities stubbornly continue to build dreams about new railways and highways, bypassing Azerbaijan or Turkey.

Although it’s enough just to look at any map to understand that this is impossible. True, Armenia has borders with two more countries - Georgia and Iran. But it makes no sense for Tbilisi to spoil relations with Baku, which is a reliable economic aid for it, and Tehran will not be in the mood for an obsessive neighbor - an eternal beggar. And the rest of the world has long figured out the short-sightedness of their policies, and its provocative nature.

And Azerbaijan, meanwhile, as if to spite politicians destroying their country, has become a recognized international transport hub, where such important transport corridors as North-South and East-West intersect. It will just suffice to mention the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway.

Understanding perfectly the prospects of this road project, Yerevan tried in every possible way to hinder its implementation, using all its channels far beyond the borders of its country. But the difficulties were overcome, in which, again, Baku played a significant role. Moreover, BTK and the new international seaport in Baku, which became a logical continuation of this project, provided the possibility of connecting railway routes of China and all of Southeast Asia with Europe.

Today, about 1m tons of cargo is transported monthly via the BTK, and this volume will grow from year to year. Soon it is planned to establish passenger transportation. And Armenia once again remained aloof from such a vitally important project for it. No, there they were clear about the chances they let go from under their nose.

Back in 2017, Vahan Martirosyan, then Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technologies, said that after the construction of the BTK, Yerevan would begin negotiations with a view to carrying out rail transportation between Armenia and Turkey. And they tried to do this through Georgia. But even then Mammadyarov intervened, clearly naming the condition under which Armenia would be able to join this project - for this it should liberate the occupied territories.

But in Yerevan, they did not heed the words of our minister. They do not want to go there in the only accessible way. But they resort to such tricks as putting pressure on Georgia to persuade Azerbaijan. Although they are well aware that Baku will never take such a step. And Georgia will not agree to such persuasions, clearly knowing the position of Azerbaijan, which, moreover, essentially financed all the work on the construction of the BTK on the territory of this country.

Today, the work is underway to commission the last segment within the framework of the North-South project in the Iranian territory - Rasht-Astara, in the financing of which Azerbaijan is again participating. And it is possible that in the near future one of the Armenian politicians will again claim to participate in this project, although it is known in advance which answer they will receive.

But the statement will be. And then new accusations will be made against Baku, which blocked the long-suffering country from all means of communication. In Baku, of course, they are accustomed to this line of behaviour of Armenian politicians - and the Pashinyan government would go the usual ways beaten by its predecessors along western capitals with an outstretched cap. Live in dependence is a traditional Armenian policy, which does not combine with Caucasus pride.