After all, why Armenia was defeated

After all, why Armenia was defeated

Today, in Baku and Yerevan, the Russian delegation discussed issues related to the implementation of the trilateral statement signed by the Presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia. According to Ilham Aliyev, the provisions of the statement are being successfully implemented, and this once again demonstrates the readiness of both the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides to put an end to the long-term conflict and find a political settlement.

Analyzing the results of a 44-day war in Karabakh, Yeni Safak writes that there was no way Armenia could succeed against the Azerbaijani army. It doesn’t take much to read the writing on the wall. According to a statement by Chief of Staff Onik Gasparyan, their ammunition was going to run out in a matter of three days. And even if they had ammunition to last them three years, the result would remain the same.

Azerbaijan’s superiority does not only stem from its military power. What Armenia has done is above all an occupation that has been accepted by the whole world. The land’s true owners are always on the right side of history and even after 30 years, they would reclaim what’s rightfully theirs.

Ammunition would have run out in three days, but the Chief of Staff, who declared that he had no strength to fight, is being thrown under the bus. Ammunition would have run out in three days, but statements such as "We will win, we win, we won...Victory is ours" were being made. Ammunition would have run out in three days, but they did not hesitate to continue attacking civilian settlements with the bombs they had hoarded. They used bombs, the use of which is prohibited. They killed indiscriminately, the young and old, children, women and men; it didn’t make any difference to them. They violated ceasefire agreements repeatedly.

The result was of course a major defeat. Could it have ended any other way?  Now they have to leave the lands they occupied in Karabakh. They asked for time alleging harsh winter conditions. And Azerbaijan granted them extra time. Yet, they chose to burn down the towns and villages they inhabited before leaving. Apparently, the additional time they wanted was to set fire to houses, trees, stables, and government buildings.  The damage done will be ascertained and they will have to pay compensation.

They thought Russia would support them no matter what. They couldn’t see that the balance had shifted; they failed to anticipate which side would suffer the most damage. They should not have underestimated Turkey's overt support. They should have meticulously analyzed what happened in Syria, Libya and the Mediterranean.

If late Haydar Aliyev were around today, he would’ve planted a kiss on his son's forehead. If the late Elçibey were still with us, he would’ve rushed to him and embraced him, Yeni Safak writes.