Azerbaijani Embassy to Russia sends note of protest to Russian Foreign Ministry regarding invitation of Karabakh separatists to Moscow

April, 2008

The Institute of the CIS states, led by K.Zatulin, first deputy chairman of the Committee of the Russian Parliament on the affairs of the CIS and contacts with compatriots, held an international conference "Following Kosovo: commonwealth of unrecognized states on the way to recognition" in Moscow on March 28, 2008. The conference was attended by representatives of the illegal regime, functioning in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan and it was held with participation of the government officials of Russia. Due to this fact, the Azerbaijani Embassy to Russia undertook due measures and sent a note of protest to the Russian Foreign Ministry on April 4 of 2008. The document drew attention to the constant illegal actions of Zatulin, who is the representative of the legislative power under the Constitution and is also the first deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee, dealing with the issues of the CIS and reads that such actions are inadmissible. The embassy states openly that invitation of the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry and Moscow authorities do not comply with the relations of strategic cooperation, established between the two countries and reflected in the concluded contracts and other political and legal documents. The note requests the Russian Foreign Ministry to explain the conduction of the said conference and states inadmissibility of repetition of such cases in the future.


In other news:

Russian Owner Pledges More Investments In Armenian Phone Network

The Russian owner of the national telecommunication company ArmenTel said on Monday that it will invest $74 million this year in the ongoing modernization of its fixed-line and mobile phone networks in Armenia. The VimpelCom operator claims to have made about $90 million worth of such investments in the course of last year. Senior VimpelCom executives said the additional investments are aimed, among other things, at reversing ArmenTel’s declining share in Armenia’s market for wireless service. The decline began immediately after the abolition of ArmenTel’s legal monopoly on mobile telephony and the launch of the country’s second wireless network, VivaCell, in 2005. Less than one third of an estimated 2 million Armenian mobile phone users are currently subscribed to the ArmenTel network. VivaCell, which is owned by another Russian telecom giant, MTS, claims to have attracted 400,000 subscribers during the past seven months alone. According to Dmitry Pleskonos, a VimpelCom vice-chairman, ArmenTel’s market share stood at about 40 percent a year ago. Pleskonos blamed the drop on the ongoing upgrading of the ArmenTel network, which causes periodical disruptions in phone connection, and VivaCell’s aggressive marketing strategy. “We did not react sufficiently to the activity displayed by our business competitors,” he told a news conference in Yerevan. Pleskonos and other VimpelCom executives spoke to journalists as ArmenTel officially renamed its wireless division Beeline, the brand name of the VimpelCom networks in Russia and several other former Soviet republics. The name change appears to be part of the company’s strategy of improving the reputation of its Armenian subsidiary. ArmenTel earned notoriety for the poor quality and high cost of service under its previous, Greek parent company, OTE. The latter’s failure to invest in and expand the wireless network meant that Armenia had less than 300,000 mobile phone users as recently as three years ago. The service became accessible and affordable for the average Armenian only after the abolition of the ArmenTel monopoly. VimpelCom has been grappling with ArmenTel’s negative image ever since paid about $500 million to buy the company from OTE in late 2006. Pleskonos said the renaming of the cellphone network will also boost the quality of its service.


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The last 20 years or so has also helped me see Russia as the last front against scourges of Westernization, Globalism, American expansionism, Zionism, Islamic extremism and pan-Turkism. I have also come to see Russia as the last hope humanity has for the preservation of classical western civilization, Apostolic Christianity and the traditional nation-state. This realization compelled me to create this blog in 2010. Immediately, this blog became one of the very few voices in the vastness of cyberia that dared to preach about the dangers of Globalism and the Anglo-American-Jewish alliance, and the only voice preaching the strategic importance of Armenia remaining within Russia's orbit. From about 2010 to 2015 I did monthly, at times weekly, commentaries about Russian-Armenian relations and Eurasian geopolitics in general. It was very difficult as I had no assistance in this endeavor. The time I put into this blog therefore came at the expense of work and family. But a powerful feeling inside me urged me to keep going; and I did.

When Armenia finally joined the EEU and integrated its armed forces into Russia's military structures a couple of years ago, I finally felt a deep sense of satisfaction and relaxation, as if a very heavy burden was lifted off my shoulders. I finally felt that my personal mission was accomplished. I therefore felt I could take a step back, as I really needed the rest. Simply put: I have lived to see the institutionalization of Russian-Armenian alliance. Also, I feel more confident now that Armenians are collectively recognizing the strategic importance of Armenia's ties with Russia. Moreover, I feel satisfied knowing that, at least on a subatomic level, I had a hand in the outcome. As a result, I feel a strong sense of mission accomplished. I therefore no longer have the urge to continue as in the past. In other words, the motivational force that had propelled me in previous years has been gradually dissipating because I feel that this blog has lived to see the realization of its stated goal. Going forward, I do not want to write merely for the sake of writing. Also, I do not want to say something if I have nothing important to say. I feel like I have said everything I needed to say. Henceforth, I will post seasonal commentaries about topics I find important. I will however continue moderating the blog's comments section on a regular basis; ultimately because I'm interested in what my readers have to say and also because it's through readers here that I am at times made aware of interesting developments.

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