During a traditional briefing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova expressed some bewilderment when one of the journalists asked about Azerbaijan’s van dalismism over Armenian gravestones and cultural monuments in Azerbaijani-controlled territories, trying to find out whether Russia had a role there or not.
Zakharova said that concrete examples should be presented by territories, and one should be puzzled about the role of Russia, that there might be such a question. Russian Foreign Ministry’s apology, Speaker Maria wonders in vain. Azeris are demolishing Armenian monuments and tombstones, shooting them all and posting them on the Internet. It is a celebration of vandals, which gained the force of «international law» with the famous November 9 trilateral agreement.
It touches upon issues related to humanitarianism and protection of cultural heritage. Moreover, in telephone conversations with Putin, Ali assures that he will defend them.
Of course, it is another matter that Russia, the moderator and responsible for the November 9 trilateral agreement, is patiently waiting, thus allowing the Azerbaijanis to mature the issue of expanding the geography of the deployment of Russian peacekeepers. But the point is that until that issue matures, so to speak, to the point of advancing, there will be nothing left of the Armenian monuments or tombstones.
Or, of course, Russia is unlikely to be interested in that, because the key is to expand the geography of peacekeepers, albeit “on the ruins.” He is simply not interested in the Armenian cultural heritage. What he was interested in was getting Ali’s signature to ensure the legitimate entry of Russian peacekeepers into Artsakh.
We now need to get strong arguments for expanding the geography of peacekeepers. Azerbaijani van dalism gives it, at the same time making Ali more dependent on Russia, as acts of van dalism will be a major component of Ali’s case in The Hague. What is the role of official Yerjan here? Is he at least preparing the Hague dossier or is he waiting for what Putin will say, depending on Ali’s degree of subordination?