ArmInfo. In a Facebook post, Artsakh former foreign minister David Babayan draws parallels between Stalingrad and Artsakh.
The message reads:
"Today marks the 80th anniversary of the successful completion of one of the most significant and key military operations in history - the Battle of Stalingrad. It was here that the turning point in the Second World War was laid. If not for the victory at Stalingrad, then a world catastrophe would have happened and Nazism would have won. This would be a disaster for the Armenian people, too, because it was precisely the outcome of the battle of Stalingrad that Turkey was waiting with such impatience, which, if the Nazis won, would enter the war, moving its hordes to Transcaucasia, and from there to Central Asia, the Volga region, etc. Obviously, this time not a single Armenian could have avoided a new genocide. By the way, about 30 thousand Armenians participated in the Battle of Stalingrad, 10 thousand of which died. About a third of them were of Karabagh descent.
"It would seem that this battle will forever remain in history, causing only pride in the selfless feat of our grandfathers. However, when dark times come, the bright pages become prime targets for attack and aggression. Gorbachevism can be attributed to such dark times. We will talk about this phenomenon separately, because it remains a very relevant and dangerous phenomenon in our time too.
"So, the encirclement of the Nazi hordes near Stalingrad, the final part of this epic, is known in history under the name of Operation "Ring". In April-May 1991, the leadership of Azerbaijan, with the active and direct support of Gorbachev, carried out the deportation of the Armenian population of Northern Artsakh, dozens of settlements in the former Nagorno Karabagh Autonomous Region. In total, about 300 thousand people were deported, hundreds of people died. This operation was also called Operation "Ring".
"The motivation of Azerbaijan is quite obvious - the genocide and deportation of the Armenians they hate. Of course, there was also a very peculiar hidden meaning here - to get even for Stalingrad, because it was this very victory that then stopped the invasion of the Turkish hordes in Transcaucasia and the creation of a single pan-Turkist empire.
"The motivation of the Gorbachev mankurts is also understandable. With such Jesuit methods, they denounced the past and great deeds, thanks to which all mankind was saved from the brown plague. By this they wanted to achieve their dirty goals - discord, collapse, catastrophes, grief, blood, wars, betrayals, blasphemy. And all this under the guise of goodness, reforms, patriotism, etc., in a word, false prophecy."