Experts discussed Biden’s South Caucasus policy, English translation prt.1

Press | Republic Underground 

May 3, 2021 

Screencapture of the CBC.tv broadcast in question. 

The following is a translation of an interview that appeared on CBC.Tv Azerbaijan. Software was used in the translation of this broadcast. Paraphrase of some statements was used. 

In a recent CBC.tv broadcast, the anchorwoman spoke with international relations experts to gauge their opinions of Biden’s current South Caucasus policy, and how his statements forming an official definition in U.S. relations of the Armenian massacres of World War I as “genocide” would impact all forward-moving policy. In attenance was a number of experts, including Irina Tsukerman, media vice president for Timberwolf-Phoenix LLC.  The broadcast aired in Russian and has been translated into English by Republic Underground.

“Good evening We are glad to see you,” said anchorwoman Anastasia Lavrina.

“Following the conflict of Baku-Yerevan grief, how will the U.S. work objectively under the leadership of Mrs. Power and the administration who are well known for their stance on the Armenian position. These are interesting questions. Let’s figure it out. This is a global discussion. I’m Anastasia Lavrina,” Lavrina first introduced the guests Rufat Guliyev a Member of the Parliament of Azerbaijan Doctor of Economics Professor,  and Irina Tsukerman, an American journalist,

 

“Good evening. We are glad to see you, Mr. Guliyev, and the distinguished experts. of both the United States of and Israel. I think it would be logical for me to address the first question Mrs. Zuckerman, who is now in the United States of America.

Tsukerman began by explaining that the Biden administration was “very proud of its position” toward Armenia.

“The administration is very proud of its position, in the name of human rights, ” she said, noting that, in practice, the Biden administration’s execution of its policy is contrary to its packaging. The consequences of Biden’s policy toward Armenia have been disruptive to American policy in the South Caucasus region.

Lavrina began the conversation with a discussion of Samantha Power’s elevation in the administration

“After Biden’s unreasonable expression and historical mistake, he is now becoming aware of the appointment to the post of the head of such an important agency by her Power, who is known for her pro-Armenian position,” said Lavirna, giving context of the discussion.

Lavrina noted that some of the Armenian lobby’s policies are now shaping the foreign policy of the United States, with regards to the South Caucasus.

The question was then turned to Prof. Rufat Guliyev, who addressed the policy complications of Biden’s decision, from his opinion, as well as regional policy.

“We all watched the elections in America.  We saw how it happened. At this time, as always with every next president, the presidential candidate begins to grab a straw, and in this case, this notorious so-called genocide was a straw here,” said Guliyev.

Guliyev also noted the drastic policy change of the Biden administration from previous U.S. administrations that took a more neutral position on the controversial historical definitions of the events of WWI in the South Caucasus.

“”In one way or another, they recognized these events, that is, these are the words spoken in a form like genocide up to this point, dozens of presidents have acted dozens of times in the presidency replaced this word with different works such as “massacre” or “riots”. There and so on there like but the words genocide were never used,” said Guliyev.

The use of specific terms and the appearance of bias in the approach of recognizing South Caucasus’ history has been cited as issues of Biden’s current South Caucasus policy. Guliyev noted that lobby groups would make demands in the wake of the Biden administration’s recognition stance. The Armenian lobby has extended rhetoric that Biden must rescind the waiver of Section 907 sanctions against Azerbaijan and fully enforce them in order to fully recognize the Armenian ethnic pogroms levied by the Young Turks party of the Ottoman empire in the early 20th century.