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Joint statement by revolutionary socialists in Turkey and Russia on the situation in Karabakh

Saturday 14th November 2020

Armenia, having suffered defeat in the area of the Lachin corridor and lost the city of Shusha, was forced to surrender to the forces of Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey. A few kilometers from Shushi, in which the Azerbaijani troops were successfully entrenched, lies the city of Stepanakert, the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. This would mean that with the control of the Lachin corridor by the Azerbaijanis, the defeat of Armenia is only a matter of time.

Moscow took advantage of the unrest in Karabakh, the fall of Shushi and the threat of the fall of Stepanakert, which Ankara and Baku could not resist. Russia has imposed itself as a “guarantor” of peace between the warring parties, but, as many times before, Russian “peacekeepers” must be viewed as occupiers. As a result of such actions, we can observe the emergence of a new “Transnistria”, basically an occupied part ...

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