"It is a double standard to exaggerate the crimes committed by Russia against Christian Ukrainians but ignore the crimes committed by Armenia against non-Christian Azerbaijanis," said Taras Kuzio, a Ukrainian political scientist and Associate Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, who joined online the seminar "War crimes against Azerbaijan" organized in a hybrid format by the Center for the Analysis of International Relations, ONA reports.
"The war crime against Azerbaijanis was committed both in the first and second Karabakh war."
He said that these war crimes include ethnic cleansing, targeting civilians, destruction of civilian infrastructure, mining, and others.
Tara Kuzio said that today, similar actions are committed by Russia against Ukraine.
Ukrainian political scientists linked the existence of stigma against Azerbaijan by journalists, academicians, etc., in the West with a strong Armenian lobby in these countries.
He said that the Armenian side, which won the first Karabakh conflict, continued to commit war crimes by continuing to mine the occupied territories or refusing to provide any information about the fate of thousands of missing Azerbaijanis with the Azerbaijani side.
He noted that the Armenian side, which became the winner in the First Karabakh War, continued to commit war crimes, it includes the continuation of planting mines in the occupied territories and not providing the Azerbaijani side with any information about the fate of thousands of missing Azerbaijanis.
He stressed that an end should be put to double standards on conflict crimes, it was contrary to human rights. Exaggeration and condemnation of Russia’s war crimes against Christian Ukrainians, but turning a blind eye to war crimes of Christian Armenia against non-Christian Azerbaijanis, is the double standard. Or Russia's actions against Syrians and Chechens in the late 1990s cannot be ignored. This approach should be stopped.
It should not be forgotten that Armenia is Russia’s satellite state and military partner: “Armenian Diaspora is not democratic, they are nationalist. They always hide the truth and present themselves as victims of war, but in fact, it is Armenia, which maintained a major part of Azerbaijan under occupation for about 30 years, committed crimes. Just as the global community has no sympathy or tolerance against Russia’s occupation of Ukraine, actions of Armenia against Azerbaijan should not also be tolerated.”