The Azerbaijani government established a checkpoint (CCP) in the Lachin Corridor, the only road connecting Armenia with the remaining territory of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic after the 2020 war. This move gave full control of the logistics to the Azerbaijani army. Armenia can oppose nothing except indignation. Russia calls on the parties to dialogue, but Azerbaijan continues to use its military might.
The Azerbaijani checkpoint appeared in the Lachin corridor on April 23 and caused outrage in Yerevan. This was characterized as an act aimed at carrying out ethnic cleansing in the RNK. The US State Department said Baku’s decision undermines confidence in the peace process, and France expressed concern over the situation.
Despite this, the Azerbaijani authorities consider the Karabakh issue to be resolved. From their point of view, it is necessary to settle the details, including the rights of the Armenian population on the territory of Azerbaijan. They continue to use their power to convince everyone that they are right.
The Kommersant newspaper source considers this course of events to be natural. Baku has long wanted to install a checkpoint to control the movement of people and goods in the Lachin Corridor, which is a key link with Armenia. They couldn’t get along, so Azerbaijan just faced the fact. Aliyev will not retreat and will continue the offensive.
- It was clear that Aliyev would not back down. Baku has long raised the issue of the checkpoint, but wanted to reach an agreement. Each time the subject was assigned. As a result, they opted for what they simply put before the fact, – said the interlocutor of Kommersant, who is familiar with the situation.
This shows that Azerbaijan is capable of pushing through its interests by force without any particular consequences. Yerevan can only respond with statements and appeals to the international community. The main actors limit themselves to ritual phrases about their concern about the situation. Therefore, strength produces results and you can keep attacking.
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