Washington’s exiguous role in the Caucasus and Europe

Who would have thought that Coca-Cola’s expulsion from Bolivia in 2012 would be the beginning of a historical demise of U.S. Foreign Policy influence not only in South America but also in Southern Caucasus and South East European regions as Washington’s staggering absence in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Syrian War, Crimean – Ukrainian crisis and its diplomatic incident with the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, last October. President Obama’s ‘red line’ statement on Bashar Al Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people, and his withdrawal from such a public commitment, has encouraged the largest crisis since the wars of former Yugoslavia. 

Although the White House has supported Ukraine’s membership in the Eastern Partnership, an initiative led by Poland and Sweden, it is ignoring the fact that in 2014, Russia and P. R. China became the largest trade partners of Kiev, with almost US$13 billion in exports and US$ 19 billion in imports, a trade cooperation that contributes towards strengthening other sectors in the country and region.  Meanwhile Italy is the sole and top export destination (US$2.66B) and Germany and Poland (US$9.03B, cumulative) are the top importers of Ukrainian goods.

On the other hand United States Secretary of State John Kerry created a diplomatic swirl by pretending that the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan “aren’t ready” to bring the Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict to a lasting solution. Indeed Secretary Kerry has undertaken multiple trips to the world’s peripheral capitals to negotiate: the settlement of over two thousand members of Iranian mujahidin opposition group in Tirana – a capital city that is run by a prime minister who runs the largest drug cartels of Europe – visited the African continent four times and has never been able to squeeze a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on his busy agenda.  Interestingly enough, in May 21-22, 2016, as his airplane was refueling in Baku, Secretary Kerry had lost a rare opportunity to become familiar with the Nagorno-Karabakh and the atrocities committed by Armenian Armed Forces in Azerbaijani soil, by spending an additional time to meet with his counterpart Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov and President of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani authorities have undertaken repeated official visits to Washington; meanwhile the US Chief Diplomat has been too busy to conduct an official visit in Baku and demonstrate, at least, his readiness to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh Armed Conflict. 

Such a visit would have enabled Secretary Kerry to experience that tensions are indeed there, it is not fair to state that ‘tensions aren’t there.’  The US Department of State has created an unexpected vacuum in the Caucasus region, Ukraine, South East Europe and South America. Such an attitude has rightfully prompted Russian and Iranian leadership in the global stage, not only in the Caucasus region but also in the Balkans and various countries in Latin America including Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua. 

The situation of Nagorno-Karabakh must garner a special priority in the landscape of US Foreign Policy Interests, under the administration of President Donald Trump, for two reasons: Azerbaijan is an important U. S. and European Union trade partner, Baku is a reliable actor in the former Silk Road region with an admirable financial stability and economic growth; despite its national territory being occupied by Armenian Armed Forces, Azerbaijani government has made possible the development of a sophisticated energy sector that has enabled the country to eradicate extreme poverty.

Secretary Kerry has intentionally left a blank check of showdown to Moscow while refraining together with his representative and U.S. Minsk Group Co-Chair Amb. James B. Warlick to participate actively and bring a solution to Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict. Ambassador Warlick has failed to bring in the world’s attention the fact that Armenian Government has imposed an economic blockade against the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan (during the last twenty years), in addition to his feeble efforts as a Minsk Group Co-chair.

Washington continues to play the innocent when it comes to Azerbaijan’s lingering from a two decades’ long war of attrition.  The United States must show a clear support to the freedom loving nations such as Azerbaijan, Georgia and others; its support for these countries will be more beneficial and strengthen peace and stability in the region instead of embracing consternation and letting other nations fill Washington’s void.  Secretary Kerry owes a public apology to the people of Azerbaijan who are suffering due to the lack of leadership from across the Atlantic.

1680 views


More Russian news

State Duma Committee recommends to ratify Turkish Stream agreement

State Duma Committee recommends to ratify Turkish Stream agreement

The International Affairs Committee of Russian State Duma has recommended to adopt the draft law on ratification of the agreement between Moscow and Ankara on the Turkish Stream pipeline project. Lower house of parliament will discuss …

Maria Zakharova to Vestnik Kavkaza: Russia wants to promote constructive relations with Georgia

Maria Zakharova to Vestnik Kavkaza: Russia wants to promote constructive relations with Georgia

Moscow seeks constructive progress in relations with Georgia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said to the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza. "As far as relations with Georgia go, we noted all …

Russia ready to facilitate establishment of unified Syrian opposition

Russia ready to facilitate establishment of unified Syrian opposition

Russia is ready to facilitate the establishment of a unified Syrian opposition, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said. "This is their [opposition's] task. We are ready to facilitate and …

 Baku to strengthen its defense capabilities by latest Russian weapons

Baku to strengthen its defense capabilities by latest Russian weapons

Baku is interested in the latest defense systems and is holding negotiations with Russia on the supply of new weapons, the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. …

Mikhail Bogdanov extends US invitation to Astana talks on Syria

Mikhail Bogdanov extends US invitation to Astana talks on Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that he had extended Kazakhstan's invitation to the United States to take part in the upcoming Syrian talks in Astana to US Ambassador to Russia John …

Why does Russia need ruble to be stable?

Why does Russia need ruble to be stable?

The Russian government along with the Central Bank are preparing a joint strategy to tackle ruble long-term volatility, the First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Igor Shuvalov, told Bloomberg. "It is obvious …

 Russia ready for nuclear arms cuts, but...

Russia ready for nuclear arms cuts, but...

The Kremlin disputed a statement by outgoing US President Barack Obama on nuclear arms cuts, saying Russia had always been ready to consider making proportional cuts to its arsenal, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry …

Trump Will Have to Choose US Intelligence or Russia

Trump Will Have to Choose US Intelligence or Russia

Current White House says

 Two suspects in Russian Ambassador#039s murder arrested in Ankara

Two suspects in Russian Ambassador's murder arrested in Ankara

An Ankara court arrested two people who were earlier detained over the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov. According to the Anadolu news agency, the arrested suspects are police officer …

St. Petersburg to present 2020 UEFA Euro Cup logo

St. Petersburg to present 2020 UEFA Euro Cup logo

The official presentation of St. Petersburg as of the organizing city of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup will be held today at 11:30 (MSK).  It will be attended by the UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who will pay his …

more Russian news