Since the conflict along the Armenian and Azerbaijani border appears to have subsided and is back to its usual low-intensity simmering, it appears to have moved to the streets of Moscow.
The Armenian public organization “Pravoy Put” claims that Azerbaijanis stopped cars with Armenian plates and beat people who were in them.
According to unofficial data, there is at least one victim with a knife wound. It is also reported that officers of the National Guard and other authorities were involved in suppressing the clashes.
There is also a video showing one of the incidents.
There appears to also be a sort of “economic war” taking place.
In Moscow, one of the largest wholesale food depots, controlled by natives of Azerbaijan, refused to accept trucks with Armenian apricots.
On Friday, July 17th, one of the largest wholesale and retail food centers in Russia, Food City, which is located on the 22nd kilometer of Kaluga highway, unexpectedly banned the sale of Armenian goods.
As a result, 50 trucks with Armenian apricots and prunes (which are perishable goods) ended up in the dump.
Representatives of the Armenian Embassy in Moscow immediately arrived at the market, but no one spoke to them in Food City and the visitors were escorted out by security.
“Officially, we received an explanation that this decision was made by the leadership of the shopping center in order to avoid conflict situations between Armenians and Azerbaijanis,” spokeswoman for the Armenian Ministry of Economy Anna Ohanyan said.
The situation can be regarded as an attempt to impede the sale of goods from Armenia on the territory of Russia on a national basis, said the Armenian Ambassador to the Russian Federation Vardan Toganyan.
“One gets the impression that individual legal enclaves in Moscow are guided by Azerbaijani laws and follow instructions from Baku, thereby feeling outside of Russian jurisdiction,” Toganyan added.
In his opinion, “this behavior is also aimed at provoking interethnic tension in Russia.”
Meanwhile, Azerbaijanis on social networks began to post various videos where they crush Armenian apricots.
And the Armenians launched an “apricot flash mob” on social networks. As a result, the Armenians in Moscow came to the markets and bought almost all the Armenian fruits in just a few hours.
Some bought up tons of apricots, and on July 19th a campaign was announced about the free distribution of eight and a half tons of Armenian apricots and peaches to everyone at the Armenian church on Olympic Avenue.
A strong reaction among Armenians was caused by the Telegram statement of the editor-in-chief of the RT TV channel Margarita Simonyan.
“After all the evil and choking contempt that you have shown towards Russia in recent years, do your information troops and you yourself consider yourself entitled to wait for help? In fact, after all that you have done, Russia has every moral right to spit on you and grind you. But it won’t do that. I’m sure. It will help this time too. Because Russia is like that. Generous and noble, my homeland, beloved,” she wrote in her post.
And the conflict was actually settled on July 19th.
“Today and yesterday, in the second half, the issue has been fully resolved. I mean, the issue of organizing the sale, distribution and storage of agricultural products has been resolved. Because thanks to the capabilities of the Moscow center, the Moscow market, various retail outlets, markets and large logistics centers “Bukhta”, “Shchelkovsky” and so on, the goods arrived and were redirected to Food City. The trade is going on, and there are no problems with this issue this morning,” Vardan Toganyan, the Armenian Ambassador said. This was confirmed by the city authorities.
In regard to hunting Armenians or Azerbaijanis on the streets to beat on them, these “patriots” should, likely, consider enlisting in the army and defending their homeland’s borders, since that’s where the fight should be. Not presumed patriotism on the cities of the capital of a third country.
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