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British daily: Turkey has won the war

British daily: Turkey has won the war

The Telegraph argued in opinion piece that Russia needed Turkey's support in the Upper Karabakh region.
11.11.2020 - 17:12

Russia may have secured a peace deal to end the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Karabakh but “Turkey has won the war”, according to an analysis by a British daily.


“Strong Turkish political support, cutting-edge Turkish drones and experienced Turkish military advice skewed the balance towards Azerbaijan,” in the conflict, an article by The Telegraph said. Turkish support also “allowed it to roll over Armenian positions in what was considered to be the near-impregnable mountain fortress of Nagorno-Karabakh.”

The article said after Azerbaijani forces captured the town of Shusha, the second biggest city in the conflict zone, “it was clear that Azerbaijan had scored major military successes.”

The article argued that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had little choice but to agree to a “humiliating peace deal” which secures Azerbaijan's dominance and forces his soldiers to leave the surrounding area.

It said sporadic fighting continued between Azerbaijan and Armenia since a 1994 truce in the region but Azerbaijan’s success in the past six weeks was “impressive”. “The difference has been Turkey and now it will reap the political rewards.”

The daily described Armenia and Pashinyan as “the big losers”. It said: “The idea of an out-gunned but plucky Armenian army defending Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan is central to modern Armenia. For Pashinyan to lose control of the region only two years after he was propelled into power in a revolution will probably cut short his political career.”

Also arguing that Russia has “limited room for manoeuvre in the South Caucasus”, the article said the country “needs Turkey’s support, even in the background, to impose stability.”