Just hours after a Russian Mi-24 Hind helicopter was shot down by mistake by the Azeri forces over Armenian soil, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the signing of a final and total peace treaty in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian and Azeri forces. If the signing of this treaty by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan angered many Armenians, this conclusion was nevertheless predictable, to say the least, and the terms of the peace agreement imposed by Moscow are far from being as unfavorable to the Armenians than it seems.
Since the Armenian Prime Minister came to power in 2018, following a massive popular movement assimilated by Moscow to a "color revolution", Russia had always taken care to warn Yerevan and Stepanakert against the rise in economic, demographic and military power of Azerbaijan, urging the Armenian authorities to find a peaceful negotiated solution on Nagorno-Karabakh. But driven by nationalist impulses and by the image of the military successes of the early 90s, the Armenian authorities maintained a very firm discourse vis-à-vis Baku, which encouraged the rise of tensions, exacerbated by Turkey in search of a marked regional military success.
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