New Legislature in the U.S. Congress: Testimony to Double-Dealing Attitude

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Baku, 18 May 2017 –

According to media reports, the U.S. Congress has passed the budget bill for 2017. The document contains reference to Ukraine and Georgia and reiterates the America’s support of their territorial integrity. To that end, certain objectives have been set before the appropriate government agencies and funds have been earmarked. Any country that aims to undermine Georgia and Ukraine’s territorial integrity would be deprived of the U.S. assistance. Everything is totally understandable and there is nothing extraordinary about it. Yet, the very document contains no reference to Azerbaijan’s sovereignty or support of its territorial integrity. There is an abstract regarding the allocation of $100 million to defend the post-Soviet countries from ''Russian aggression''. However, the document fails to mention specifically the occupation force – the aggressor Armenia. What is the reason? If Russia is classified as an "aggressor'', then what category its closest ally Armenia that for 20 years has occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory falls in?

Budget Bill: Facts and Questions

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the budget bill for this year which includes the financing of the country’s intelligence agencies. According to "Deutsche Welle'', the document also contains items referring to ensuring Ukraine and Georgia’s territorial integrity. Those items reaffirm the support to the territorial integrity of those nations and dedicate specific amount of funds to that end.

Washington decries any measure that imperils the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. Furthermore, it prohibits rendering financial assistance to those countries that have recognized the "independence” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The U.S. also refuses to assist any entity or a country that facilitates Russia’s aid to those territories. Washington also strictly forbids any U.S. agency to be involved in such activity (see: "Территориальная целостность" Украины и Грузии прописана в бюджете США / "", 5 May 2017).

The document also makes illegal any assistance to Crimea and forbids the countries that have recognized Crimea of becoming the recipients of the U.S. aid. The U.S. Department of Treasure is tasked with oversight; that this legislative act is not violated and that actions of no American entities undermine Ukraine’s territorial integrity. The document calls for use of $100 million allocated by the U.S. for thwarting Russia’s influence and aggression in Europe and across the post-Soviet space. Various non-governmental organizations, democratic institutions and media outlets will be the designated recepients of the funds. In other words, the "fifth column'' will continue to receive money.

The past experience demonstrates that under the general terminology lies the support of the West to the favorable governments. Whereas when the West encounters resistance on the part of the countries pursuing independent policies, the "fifth column'' comes into play. This implies that if a specific recipient country (i.e. supporting territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia) are not indicated, the issue of buttressing the sovereignty of independent nations becomes vague. On the contrary, an option of provoking unrest in certain countries has to be taken into account here. Therefore, the announced $100 million assistance evokes interest with us in a slightly different context.

However, before we move on to evaluate the situation, let us first pay attention to what Georgia’s Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze had to say about the news. The former welcomed the new U.S. budget bill and called it a tangible support to his country’s restoration of territorial integrity and endorsement of the policy of non-recognition. He went to say that Georgia’s problem has been kept high on U.S. Congress’s agenda (see: previous reference).

Furthermore, most recently 30 U.S. Senators have called upon President Trump to continue providing bipartisan support to America’s "reliable and stalwart'' regional partner – Georgia – signaling that there should not be any differences between the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue. In turn, in March 2017, Georgia’s Defense Minister Vladimir Chachibaya announced that according to Defense and Security memorandum signed between the two countries, Washington would provide $70 million of assistance to Georgia (see: previous reference). Similarly, there are reports of the planned U.S. military assistance to Ukraine.

All information regarding significant support to be extended to those countries begs one question. What is the view of the U.S. with respect to the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh conflict? For us, this is the fascinating aspect of the issue given the declared support to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. Now this is when several conspicuous aspects emerge.

First of all, the document passed by the Congress fails to mention any action against the countries violating the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. There is also nothing about the support of enhancing Azerbaijan’s defense capability. As far as the $100 million assistance is concerned, the objectives towards which those funds would be used in Azerbaijan are well-known to us from our past experience. They will be channeled mainly to nurturing of the "fifth column” and spent on projects with distinctive anti-Azerbaijan flavor under the guise of supporting political institutions here. Regrettably, separatist forces are also among the possible projects.

Double Standards: Is not Armenia an Aggressor?

The testimony to that are the millions of dollars worth of annual assistance provided by the U.S. Congress to the separatist regime in the Nagorno Karabakh, using various pretexts. This is no secret. Officially, those funds are said to be allocated for democratic, humanistic and other purposes. If that is the case, should not the Abkhazians and Ossetians be entitled to such assistance? Don’t the people in Crimea need to receive such aid? They certainly do. However, if Washington is concerned about the conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine in the context of Russian aggression, its primary interest in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is to legitimize covertly the Armenian aggression. This is the difference and that painful truth explains why the budget bill stipulates no action against a country that would violate Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.

Yet, America provides significant annual assistance to Armenia against this backdrop. The only thing that disgruntles the U.S. is that Moscow has befriended Yerevan. Should Armenia, all of the sudden, turn its back against Moscow and choose the U.S., Washington would most certainly brand it as the most democratic country of the region – America’s stalwart and reliable ally, champion for peace and sovereignty.

What is the overall picture? America will continue to buttress Georgia and Ukraine’s territorial integrity. There is nothing extraordinary about that. The assistance to Armenia and the Armenian separatists will also continue. This subjectivity is also evident in the Middle East, in Syria and Libya. The Yankees supply arms to number of terrorist groups, provide financial, technical and training support. By employing such a method the U.S. aims to maintain tensions in all countries of the region.

Time will certainly come when Washington encounters the repercussions of such a flawed policy. Nevertheless, the blood of the innocent is being shed and statehood of the Muslim countries undermined. Places that lack stability are fertile ground for emerging threats. The system of global security starts to malfunction. The experts raise the alarm, while the politicians are still obsessed with advancing the double standards.

All of the facts described above attest to the absence of America’s clear plan regarding the resolution of the conflicts in the South Caucasus or a course of action. For now, the Americans are preoccupied with Russia’s policy on Georgia. Armenia’s aggression is omitted from documents. Ensuring security and stability becomes impossible under such circumstances and this means that the risks and threats are here to stay; especially as the Armenian terror will continue claiming lives. Its harmful consequences will be felt around the world and it is fascinating that the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released information on the subject.

In the report submitted to the U.S. Senate the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats highlighted the ''potential for large-scale hostilities'' in the Nagorno Karabakh for 2017, citing the ''both sides’ unwillingness to compromise” (see: Глава Нацразведки США: война в Карабахе может начаться в 2017 г. / "", 12 May 2017).

This means more double standards and erroneous substantiation. The primary reason for reigniting of hostilities could be the indulgence of warmonger Armenia and affording her the patronage and an outright rejection of Azerbaijan legitimate rights. Therefore, while being fully in line with Washington’s policy of double standards, the budget bill passed by the U.S. Congress completely relegates the notions of justice and fairness.

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