Roller coaster of double standards
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 12
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
It is good when the events occur and the sad fact of double standards in the US policy with respect to such a threatening trend as separatism can be clearly proven as an example.
The US Senate has recently approved the bill on "Support for free Ukraine", envisaging the military assistance to Ukraine and imposing the restrictive measures against Russia.
The bill also envisages the possibility of the US assistance to the military, defense, energy and civil sectors in Ukraine and internally displaced persons.
After a couple of hours at a briefing at the US State Department, spokesperson Jen Psak assured everybody that the US will continue working with Armenia to support holding democratic and economic reforms and to maintain the progress reached in the relations between the two countries and after Yerevan's joined the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU).
That's surprising, isn't it? That is, the United States persists in punishing Russia, which is sanctioned for its support of separatist tendencies of regions of Ukraine - Crimea, Donbas, Lugansk, but when it comes to Armenia... .
Let's find it out. Armenia, unlike Russia, has not only supported the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh for many years, but also has kept seven more districts of Azerbaijan occupied for more than 20 years, apparently, as a reserve.
At the same time, the fact that Armenia is an occupant country was repeatedly confirmed by the most authoritative international institutions. There are several UN Security Council resolutions, decisions of other international organizations, however no sanctions, even the most worthless economic ones, are imposed on Armenia.
It is impossible to believe that Washington doesn't know that Armenia is an aggressor country, especially given the fact that the US is one of the three co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
However, instead of imposing sanctions, the US continues to render financial assistance to Armenia and promises to further cooperate with this country. Why? There are several reasons for this.
Firstly, the US and in general, the foreign players, be it West or East, in fact do not care about the principles of the international law, but only about their geopolitical interests.
The second, it is always useful to have a tame country in such an important region as South Caucasus.
Moreover, one shouldn't forget about the strong domestic policy factor which influences the US agenda - the rich Armenian lobby - that lavishly finances Western, in particular the US politicians (that's to say, buys them for its own needs).
Alas, only one conclusion can be drawn from the above: the policy of double standards, existing in the modern international relations system, is one of the most important obstacles to a fair resolution of conflicts.
And unfortunately this inaction by international forces systematically leads to the fact that Armenia, being dizzy with impunity, continues the illegal occupation of Azerbaijan's territories, and even dares to accuse Azerbaijan of oppression and economic blockade.
And who will condemn Yerevan? If adults allow children with impunity to play with matches, and even encourage them for each occurring fire, would that children refrain from dangerous games?
Edited by CN
Elmira Tariverdiyeva is Trend Agency's staff writer, follow her on Twitter @EmmaTariver