Supply of Russian troops in Karabakh becomes a daunting task


A week ago, a ceasefire agreement was signed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which recorded the defeat of Armenia and the triumph of Azerbaijan. With the help of Ankara, Baku was able to regain control over the key regions of the unrecognized republic. The share of Yerevan was Stepanakert, which was under the gun of the Azerbaijani military, and the modest "bits" of the former territory, which the Russian military took under protection. What will our soldiers have to stand between two irreconcilable opponents, one of whom is triumphant, and the other grinds his teeth with anger, resentment and disappointment?


In accordance with the trilateral agreements between Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, nearly two thousand peacekeepers from our country were sent to Nagorno-Karabakh. Basically, these are contract soldiers from the 15th separate motorized rifle brigade. They will be armed with 90 armored personnel carriers BTR-82A, armored vehicles "Tiger" and "Typhoon". For the transfer of this military contingent, it was necessary to use heavy military transport aircraft Il-76 and An-124. Apparently, our soldiers will stay there for a long time, since the presence of a permanent conflict in the Transcaucasus is extremely beneficial for Turkey to legalize its military presence in Azerbaijan.

A natural question arises: how efficiently will the Russian brigade be able to function and supply, sandwiched between Armenia and Azerbaijan? Two thousand healthy men need to be fed, watered, supplied with fuel and lubricants, spare parts for repairs, ammunition, and medicines. This is a huge amount of cargo that will have to be regularly delivered through countries that are not the most friendly to Russia. And this is a very big problem even for peacetime, which can still come back to haunt with exacerbation.

Russian military transport aircraft land at the Erebuni airfield in Armenia. Further, the convoys with cargo for the peacekeepers have to move along the route from Yerevan through Goris and Lachin to Stepanakert proper. This is 327 kilometers of trail through the mountains, where anything can happen. It will require the creation of three logistics centers in Erebuni, Goris and the capital of the unrecognized republic. The scheme works, but so far everything is fine, because our Il-76 and An-124 still have to fly to Armenia.

Our peacekeepers will be able to supply them through Azerbaijan only as long as their presence suits Baku. To make it clear, we will quote Arif Mammadov, director of the State Civil Aviation Administration of Azerbaijan, who in 2011 stated the following regarding the opening of direct flights between Yerevan and Stepanakert:

Azerbaijan can destroy planes that are going to land at the airport being built by the Armenian side in the occupied Azerbaijani city of Khankendi (Stepanakert) in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the law "On Aviation", it is even possible to physically destroy aircraft heading there.

When it was considered a bad joke in Armenia, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan confirmed the seriousness of Baku's intentions:

Azerbaijan is not joking - in case of illegal flights to Khankendi (Stepanakert), adequate measures will be taken.

In general, Baku treats its airspace as anxiously as its allied Ankara. Recall that the Turks a few years ago were not afraid to shoot down the Russian Su-24 bomber, which accidentally flew towards them during the operation from Idlib. At the end of the Second Karabakh war, the Azerbaijani military destroyed a Mi-24 helicopter over Armenia. There is no need to harbor unnecessary illusions about the untouchability of our aviation if Baku decides to cut off the supply of Russian peacekeepers through its territory.

You can, of course, try to fly through Turkey, but Ankara is an interested party in the conflict, so you cannot count on her leniency if they want to expel our military from Karabakh. There is an option with Georgia, but Tbilisi is extremely difficult to call a friend of Moscow after the 2008 war. On the contrary, the United States, as a new ally, is counting on expanding its military presence in this country. Closing Georgian airspace for Russia will be a natural consequence of deepening this cooperation.

Finally, there is Iran. Tehran seems to be fighting in Syria on the same side with the Kremlin, but it does not dare to call it an ally. On the one hand, the Iranians are interested in the presence of Russian peacekeepers as a human shield between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, therefore they can provide an air corridor, asking for something in return. On the other hand, the supply of our military in Karabakh will depend only on the goodwill of a third party, and this, to put it mildly, is not very good.
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  1. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 17 November 2020 15: 12
    -7
    And if so?
    Construction of a railway through Khojaly to Stepanakert is discussed in Baku

    https://vz.ru/news/2020/11/16/1070702.html

    the new line will consist of the stations Yevlakh (terminal) - Barda (distance between stations - 32 kilometers) - Kecharli (12 kilometers) - Tyazakend (7 kilometers) - Agdam (26 kilometers) - Askeran (14 kilometers) - Khojaly (8 kilometers) - Khankendi (5 kilometers, final)
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 23 November 2020 09: 27
      -1
      Cons, as always, made me happy. Don't like it means.
      But yesterday there was information that the columns of the Russian Emergencies Ministry are already going through the territory of Azerbaijan. During the construction of a railway line, the supply of the group through the territory of Azerbaijan becomes a completely routine task.
  2. Tektor Offline Tektor
    Tektor (Tektor) 17 November 2020 15: 31
    -1
    Military Mi-26T2 should be allowed through the air corridor to Stepanokert.
  3. let the Armenians feed them with kebabs, give them wines and take local beauties to serve the personnel!
    1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 17 November 2020 16: 02
      0
      these "soyuznichki" can also hide a knife.
    2. Andrey Vasilyev Offline Andrey Vasilyev
      Andrey Vasilyev (choyo chagas) 18 November 2020 16: 03
      -2
      You need to dress up in a skirt and send
  4. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 17 November 2020 16: 29
    0
    It is not necessary to make great efforts and create insurmountable positions, just a few checkpoints, and then let them continue to fight among themselves if there is a desire. Why 2000 fighters, 200 is enough at several points to record violations ... Russia has nothing to answer for all inclinations, it is enough to be an arbiter ...
    1. Peter rybak Online Peter rybak
      Peter rybak (Patrol) 17 November 2020 17: 09
      +1
      Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
      It is not necessary to make great efforts and create insurmountable positions, just a few checkpoints, and then let them continue to fight among themselves if there is a desire. Why 2000 fighters, 200 is enough at several points to record violations ... Russia has nothing to answer for all inclinations, it is enough to be an arbiter ...

      The main duty of peacekeepers is to reconcile the warring parties. To this end, they perform the following tasks (at least, these are UN provisions for peacekeepers):

      Monitor compliance with international agreements of the parties to the conflict;
      prevent armed clashes between the parties to the conflict;
      prevent the supply of weapons to the participants in the conflict by external forces;
      regulate controversial issues and prevent provocations;
      provide security for various delegations;
      help the civilian population.

      Unfortunately, item 2 of these provisions, perhaps even item 3, cannot be solved without forceful intervention.
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 17 November 2020 17: 13
        +2
        There is a general list of tasks and the execution of only the necessary tasks, two big differences. You need to declare everything, fulfill it as necessary and necessary, and only ...
  5. Mighty Liss Offline Mighty Liss
    Mighty Liss (Mighty Liss) 17 November 2020 18: 33
    +1
    the Turks were not afraid to shoot down the Russian Su-24 bomber, which accidentally flew towards them

    hmm ... but was it not shot down over Syrian territory, which was captured by pro-Turkish formations ?! The author is lying or what ?!

    You should not harbor unnecessary illusions about the untouchability of our aviation

    - in my opinion, the author quietly (gradually) writes the Turkish (cunning) threat to Russia. Or, again, the liberals fell for the keyboard ?!
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 18 November 2020 08: 47
      +1
      Quote: Mighty Liss
      in my opinion, the author quietly (gradually) writes the Turkish (cunning) threat to Russia. Or, again, the liberals fell for the keyboard ?!

      Do you have something against the liberals?

      https://rg.ru/2016/12/21/peskov-putin-gorazdo-bolshij-liberal-nezheli-nazyvnye-liberaly.html

      Peskov: Putin is a much bigger liberal than call liberals

      Russian President Vladimir Putin is an absolute liberal by nature, not a conservative, said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

      Putin commented on the situation with the protection of ambassadors
      “You know, enemies - primarily abroad, but also some enemies within Russia - believe that Putin is more likely a conservative and such a statesman who is alien to the word“ freedom. ”But Putin is an absolute liberal by nature, and a much larger liberal rather than called liberals who call themselves “the opposition,” Peskov said in an interview with the Mir television channel, saying the president is “absolutely liberal in his economic approaches, social policy, and so on.”

      P.S. the author, if anything, is not a liberal, but a man of diametrically opposite leftist views.
      1. Digital error Offline Digital error
        Digital error (Eugene) 19 November 2020 21: 01
        -1
        Quote: Marzhetsky
        leftist views

        liberalism means freedom. leftist views are the "dictatorship of the proletariat", from it to freedom oh how far ...
        1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 21 November 2020 09: 15
          +1
          Everyone has their own understanding of freedom and their own content of "liberalism"
  6. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
    Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 18 November 2020 00: 14
    +1
    Themselves offered - noah themselves ... and these are no longer troops, but a peacekeeping contingent, so to speak ... but at whose expense all these races?
  7. bear040 Offline bear040
    bear040 18 November 2020 01: 36
    +3
    Well, if Russian planes continue to shoot down, especially transport ones, with personnel, and Putin again keeps silent, then I will not be surprised if the people merge Edro in the next elections, as they have already merged in our area and will vote for someone like Zhirinovsky, and then I will not I envy Turkey, this Su-24 will regurgitate with blood for a long time and do not need to think that if Putin has merged, then in the Russian Federation everyone agrees with him and everyone has forgotten .. this is not so.
    1. tanyurg56 Offline tanyurg56
      tanyurg56 (Yuri Gorbunov) 18 November 2020 14: 19
      0
      God help.
      A dream is not a sin.
    2. Cudgel Offline Cudgel
      Cudgel (Dubina) 18 November 2020 21: 13
      -4
      I will give you my hunting carbine, so that you go to kill the Turks, to avenge the downed Su-24.
      Have you agreed on hand?
      1. bear040 Offline bear040
        bear040 22 November 2020 01: 07
        +3
        Don't worry like that. There is in our arsenals something more serious than your carbine.
        1. Cudgel Offline Cudgel
          Cudgel (Dubina) 22 November 2020 13: 07
          -4
          No doubt. And I even know what. Your sagging sofa and hats. That's the whole arsenal.
          1. bear040 Offline bear040
            bear040 25 November 2020 19: 30
            +3
            Well, blessed are those who believe. Karl 12, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, Hitler had all of Europe, but with Russia, which people like you have been burying for many centuries, they broke off !!
    3. Digital error Offline Digital error
      Digital error (Eugene) 19 November 2020 21: 06
      0
      Quote: bear040
      Putin will remain silent again, I will not be surprised if people merge Edro in the next elections

      shtetl. in the middle of the "hospital" (RF) EdRO will win and then repress the opposition under various pretexts. If anything, they are recognized as foreign agents. And if these foreign agents show network activity, YouTube will be turned off. And it will be legal.
  8. Denis Pankov Offline Denis Pankov
    Denis Pankov (Denis Yurievich Pankov) 18 November 2020 12: 50
    +1
    Unfortunately, the author does not remember how our plane was shot down. Unbeknownst to Erdogan. There are forces in Turkey that act independently. And the plane was shot down in Syria, near the Turkish border. But on the territory controlled by Turkish gangs.
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 19 November 2020 08: 55
      +1
      Quote: Denis Pankov
      Unfortunately, the author does not remember how our plane was shot down. Unbeknownst to Erdogan.

      I remember everything perfectly. About being unknowingly is just ridiculous.
      1. pvlshvz Offline pvlshvz
        pvlshvz (Paul) 21 November 2020 16: 24
        0
        As I understand it, when the Americans wanted to kill Erdogan, they asked his permission before that. laughing
  9. cooper Offline cooper
    cooper (Alexander) 18 November 2020 14: 30
    +2
    The Russian military base in Armenian Gyumri (fulfilling the task of protecting Armenia) and the current "peacekeeping" base in Karabakh, besides being very vulnerable and difficult to supply, are also very costly for the Russian Federation, without bringing any significant benefits to it.
    1. Digital error Offline Digital error
      Digital error (Eugene) 19 November 2020 21: 08
      0
      Quote: Cooper
      without bringing any significant benefits to her

      and you, for an hour, are not a foreign agent? lol
    2. pvlshvz Offline pvlshvz
      pvlshvz (Paul) 21 November 2020 16: 23
      0
      Come on, do not bring benefits ??? There is a different opinion. Peace in the Caucasus and Transcaucasia is very beneficial for Russia, and war and refugees are not at all profitable.
  10. updidi Offline updidi
    updidi (Alexander Kazakov) 18 November 2020 16: 19
    0
    Iran turns out to be the most reliable ally in the region, which the author did not like.
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 19 November 2020 08: 57
      +1
      The fact that he remains the only option does not make him a reliable ally. Today they will give transit, tomorrow they won't, especially if views on the future of Syria diverge.
      1. Digital error Offline Digital error
        Digital error (Eugene) 19 November 2020 21: 09
        +1
        Quote: Marzhetsky
        he remains the only option

        That's it. And nobody thought about the diversification of supplies. However, ordinary people cannot understand the depth of multi-pass lol
  11. pvlshvz Offline pvlshvz
    pvlshvz (Paul) 21 November 2020 16: 21
    +1
    Azerbaijan will not shoot down Russian planes. Russia is not an enemy of Azerbaijan. Half of the total number of Azerbaijanis lives in Russia. Aliyev, unlike Pashinyan, is an intelligent and competent leader.