Armenian special forces' bold move
    Confiscation sparks political backlash

    ANALYTICS  24 June 2024 - 17:07

    The remaining representatives of the Karabakh junta might consider reading this message in Levitan's voice, with his distinctive verbal flourishes. In such a rendition, it would likely be articulated as follows: "On Friday, June 21, treacherously and without an official declaration of war, Armenian special forces orchestrated a punitive operation aimed at pressuring the sole former leader of the 'freedom-loving separatists,' Samvel Shahramanyan, who miraculously evaded extradition to Baku."

    In reality, the incident pertains to Armenian special forces exerting considerable effort to breach the gates of the "representation" of Karabakh separatists in Armenia. This raises a pertinent question: what form of "representation" persists, given that the "Artsakh" project dissolved following last September's meticulously executed anti-terror operations in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan?

    This narrative starkly contrasts with the frequent assertions by official representatives in Yerevan that Armenia stands prepared to imminently conclude a peace treaty with Azerbaijan. Those genuinely inclined towards peace would logically have dissolved the "representation" of Karabakh separatists in Yerevan long ago. Yet, as events reveal, it remains operational.

    Regarding the confiscation of Shahramanyan's official vehicle, another pertinent query emerges: what specific role does it serve? What is its official designation, who bears its costs, and what objectives does it pursue? These questions are poised to leave the Armenian leadership in an uncomfortable position upon their hearing.

    At the same time, it's worth noting that the entire Armenian special forces unit was deployed to seize a single vehicle belonging to the former leader of the Karabakh junta. This incident underscores the operational focus of Armenian special forces: storming gates and seizing official vehicles. Whether any members of the special forces involved in this operation will be promoted or awarded remains to be seen. While there isn't yet a medal titled "For Taking Sumo Car," its creation seems inevitable.

    Another pertinent question arises: what was the financial cost associated with acquiring this vehicle? Clearly, it is not the only one in Shahramanyan's possession, as he also owns real estate in Yerevan and other Armenian cities—a fact frequently highlighted by Armenian TV channels and traditional media.

    These outlets are now quoting the lawyer representing the former head of the Karabagh junta, who notably remains unnamed. This omission appears to underscore the notion that the lawyer's identity is inconsequential when someone is willing to vigorously defend an empty position with grand ambitions and a controversial past. Clearly, this unnamed lawyer is vociferously protesting: "They are attempting to confiscate the car without a court order."

    Artur Khachatryan, a member of National Assembly’s Armenia Faction, ventured further with his commentary, expressing views that could be construed as detached from reality. "This is purely a political statement directed towards Azerbaijan, signaling that we comply with all your directives. It also serves as a message to 'Artsakh' residents, discouraging their involvement in Armenia's political and public processes," he remarked.

    Nonsense? Of course. And why did the Armenian authorities actually decide to send a very clear message to Samvel Shahramanyan? The answer is obvious.

    Just the other day he made a very important statement exposing the leadership of Armenia. According to this separatist, who miraculously escaped capture and delivery to Baku, the so-called "Karabakh Defence Army", even before the one-day anti-terrorist operation in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, was subordinate to the Armenian Ministry of Defence and was its territorial subdivision, which Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan "understands perfectly well".

    "Until the last day, the 'Karabakh Defence Army' was subordinate to the Armenian government and was a structural subdivision of the Armenian Defence Ministry," Shahramanyan told reporters. And that was not all. "As for what we left billions worth of serviceable weapons there... Nikol Pashinyan should know very well on whose balance sheet the weapons were, who was responsible for these weapons, to whom the 'defence army' was subordinated," Shahramanyan added.

    And these statements put the incumbent Armenian Prime Minister and his entire team, who are actively and feebly trumpeting their readiness for peace with Azerbaijan, in an extremely unenviable position. After Shahramanyan's words, it once again became clear that Nikol Pashinyan is no "dove of peace".

    We see before us a liar and a cynic, whose hands are in blood no less than those of Levon Ter-Petrosyan, Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sargysyan. And he, as we see, took revenge on the one who tore off his mask. But by taking revenge on the last leader of the Karabakh junta, Pashinyan ended up making himself look ridiculous and deceitful. Not for the first time. And obviously not for the last time.

    Akbar Hasanov


    Subscribe to our Telegram channel

Read also

Russo–Ukraine war: Black Sea battle scene Asymmetric warfare

23 July 2024 - 17:58

EU’s sanctimonious move: €10m won’t be silver bullet for Armenia Yet the devil in disguise tempted it

23 July 2024 - 14:22

European weapons for Armenian revanchists EU hypocrisy

23 July 2024 - 11:30

How the US is provoking conflict in the South Caucasus? Armenia’s proxy status

23 July 2024 - 12:22

Azerbaijan’s strategic pivot: Impact of new alliance with China Baku’s shifting ties: A challenge to Western influence?

22 July 2024 - 16:54

Unpacking Türkiye’s role in Africa New partner vs old enmity

22 July 2024 - 15:31
Latest news

    Budapest to continue blocking EU funds for Ukraine over oil transit dispute

    23 July 2024 - 18:34

    Russia emphasises support for improving Türkiye-Syria relations

    23 July 2024 - 18:22

    PKK/YPG's election efforts face US pressure and Turkish resistance

    Report of Center for Strategic Studies

    23 July 2024 - 18:10

    Azerbaijan unveils documentary on Western Azerbaijan's material and cultural heritage


    23 July 2024 - 18:01

    Russo–Ukraine war: Black Sea battle scene

    Asymmetric warfare

    23 July 2024 - 17:58

    VP Harris raises $100 million in first 24 hours of US presidential campaign

    23 July 2024 - 17:46

    Russia expands sanctions on UK officials in tit-for-tat move

    23 July 2024 - 17:34

    Türkiye discovers significant arsenal during Operation Claw-Lock in Iraq


    23 July 2024 - 17:22

    Cybersecurity challenges and opportunities in a net-zero world

    Caliber.Az on YouTube

    23 July 2024 - 17:10

    Azerbaijan excludes PACE from parliamentary election observation

    23 July 2024 - 16:58

    Armenia may resume criminal case against ex-president

    23 July 2024 - 16:46

    Azerbaijan, Russia discuss situation in South Caucasus

    23 July 2024 - 16:34

    Analysts: EU may pursue Ukraine peace talks if Trump wins US election

    23 July 2024 - 16:22

    US pledges security support to Armenia

    23 July 2024 - 16:10

    Hundreds of foreign companies seek participation in Karabakh projects

    23 July 2024 - 15:58

    Demographic realities: What lies ahead for the world and the South Caucasus?


    23 July 2024 - 15:51

    Azerbaijani MFA congratulates Egypt on national holiday

    23 July 2024 - 15:46

    Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan to finalize military intelligence cooperation agreement

    23 July 2024 - 15:34

    US State Department highlights Azerbaijan's leadership in alternative energy

    23 July 2024 - 15:22

    Governor: Ukrainian drone attack hits ferry in Russia’s Krasnodar

    23 July 2024 - 15:11

    Türkiye neutralises four PKK terrorists in northern Iraq


    23 July 2024 - 14:58

    Georgia’s cautious diplomacy vs. Armenia’s risky manoeuvres

    "Better safe than sorry"

    23 July 2024 - 14:46

    European official slams Kamala Harris as “invisible” in hot mic moment

    23 July 2024 - 14:34

    US pro-Armenian senator faces possible expulsion

    Senate Ethics Committee dealing with Menendez case

    23 July 2024 - 14:25

    EU’s sanctimonious move: €10m won’t be silver bullet for Armenia

    Yet the devil in disguise tempted it

    23 July 2024 - 14:22

    Georgia investigates terrorist attack plot against ruling party's chairman

    23 July 2024 - 14:10

    Türkiye successfully tests Bayraktar KIZILELMA-3 unmanned fighter jet


    23 July 2024 - 13:58

    Bloomberg: Slovakia not responsible for fate of sold shells

    23 July 2024 - 13:46

    Fire engulfs fiber and paper factories in Türkiye’s Bursa


    23 July 2024 - 13:37

    Turkish MFA refutes claims of Erdogan-Assad meeting in Moscow

    23 July 2024 - 13:34

    Paris 2024 Olympics: Airport strike looms on opening day

    23 July 2024 - 13:22

    Azerbaijan invites reps of 20 international organisations to observe parliamentary elections

    23 July 2024 - 13:18

    Azerbaijani envoy engages in high-level talks with Iranian officials


    23 July 2024 - 13:10

    Chinese military delegation visits Azerbaijan's National Defence University


    23 July 2024 - 12:58

    Azerbaijan and Türkiye - Pakistan's main geopolitical allies

    Article by Arab News PK

    23 July 2024 - 12:47

    Russia, Iran finalise comprehensive strategic partnership agreement

    23 July 2024 - 12:46

    Azerbaijani snipers enhance firearms training skills in recent course


    23 July 2024 - 12:34

    How the US is provoking conflict in the South Caucasus?

    Armenia’s proxy status

    23 July 2024 - 12:22

    Latvia dispatches 500 drones to Ukraine amid expanded support

    23 July 2024 - 12:10

    Ambassador: Kazakhstan to play key role at COP29 in Baku

    23 July 2024 - 11:58

All news