NYT: In Karabakh, Putin uses a clever new trick


The war between Baku and Yerevan over Nagorno-Karabakh has turned into a tense truce, backed by well-armed Russian peacekeepers. For Moscow, this is a new role, thanks to which it is trying to maintain its influence in the post-Soviet space, writes the American edition of The New York Times.


It should be noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin, having concluded a trilateral agreement on the disputed region, used a skillful new technique. Many residents of Nagorno-Karabakh are really grateful to him for this. In their opinion, it was the Kremlin that stopped the war, which took the lives of thousands of people and was going to continue the bloody harvest.

The latest escalation of the conflict has become the most violent. But Putin has moved away from the practice of the "iron fist", which Russia used before on the territory of Georgia and Ukraine, making these countries its enemies. In this case, Moscow abandoned the tactics of threatening others with its enormous military power. Now the Kremlin is using a subtle combination of soft and hard power.

Now Putin is only warning of the possible consequences if the sides start firing at each other again. And the parties have to reckon with this, since the peacekeepers are on the spot. At the same time, the Russian leader has excellent relations with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The Kremlin can be congratulated on the emergence of another military foothold in the Transcaucasus. This time Moscow received only dividends.

Now Armenia is firmly attached to Russia, and Baku does not consider Moscow an enemy. It is no secret that in recent years Yerevan has been actively improving relations with the West. But the new round of the conflict reminded the Armenians very clearly that Russia is critically important for their survival. Without the presence of Russians, the long-term threats to Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, can be realized at any time, and there has already been a similar precedent in history, the US newspaper concluded.
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  1. goncharov.62 Offline goncharov.62
    goncharov.62 (Andrei) 3 December 2020 17: 25
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    In this case, Moscow abandoned the tactics of threatening others with its enormous military power.

    Where and when did Russia after 1991 threaten someone with military might (although it should have been).?
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 3 December 2020 20: 02
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      Georgia. Syria. Donbass, there is a reinforced division on the border, especially in case of exacerbation of ukrobonapartism.
  2. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 3 December 2020 19: 17
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    NYT: In Karabakh, Putin uses a clever new trick

    - This is all the same technique, which is the notorious HPP, or what ???
    - The whole point of the article. this is "in the elderberry garden - in Kiev * or rather (in Yerevan) uncle" ...

    Now Armenia is firmly attached to Russia, and Baku does not consider Moscow an enemy. It is no secret that in recent years Yerevan has been actively improving relations with the West. But the new round of the conflict reminded the Armenians very clearly that Russia is critically important for their survival. Without the presence of Russians, the long-term threats to Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, can be realized at any time, and there has already been a similar precedent in history, the US newspaper concluded.

    - What's that ... - are the Americans suddenly become apologists for our guarantor ??? - And decided to support Russia's actions in Karabakh ??? - Well, yeah ...
    - Something I can't believe ... - And in general ... - "Fear the Danians, who bring gifts" ...
    - To my great regret ... - everything is just beginning in Karabakh ... - Until Russia openly and directly participated in this conflict ... - she was relatively invulnerable ... - And now our contingent is open to all kinds of provocations ... -At least with Armenian; even with the American; even from the Azerbaijani (that is, from the Turkish side) ... -And you will have to somehow respond to all these provocations ...
    - Yes, and Russia also planted the "improvement" of Karabakh on its budget; and, most likely ... - providing the residents of Karabakh (Armenians) with medical care and humanitarian aid ...
    - What's next ??? - And then ... - the Americans, racing with the Turks, will begin to come up with all sorts of tricks and sabotage against our peacekeepers ... - Now it is quite easy to do it with the help of all sorts of militants and bandits of all stripes ...
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 3 December 2020 20: 41
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    They played really well here.
    Turkey is a partner.
    Azerbaijan too
    Yerevan is in the union, whatever it is.

    Are there residents in Karabakh now? - kind of grateful.

    Benefit everywhere. And again they no longer speak aloud about biolaboratories, etc.
  4. Gennady1959 Offline Gennady1959
    Gennady1959 (Gennady) 4 December 2020 17: 35
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    When Russian military doctors were working in Italy (in connection with the pandemic), I wrote that the Italians would still spit in Russia for this. At the forum, I was almost torn to the British flag.
    So it happened, as soon as the doctors left, publications began: "the medicines are bad, and the doctors are illiterate, and in general who called them (Russians) here ...."
    Something my pessimism tells me that the Armenians will still spit in the back of Russia. There will be clever guys (yes, the same Pashinyan, to justify his lack of talent of the leader) who will blame Russia, intervened too late, they say, they waited until the Azerbaijanis grab a larger piece, why they did not liberate the regions occupied by Azerbaijanis, why ... why Russian boys were not sent back to slaughter villas in Karabakh?
    God grant that I am wrong