Potemkin wrote:As for point 1, Armenia occupied large areas of Azerbaijan itself in 1988 by military force, and engaged in ethnic cleansing of Azeris. Hence the alleged ‘complexity’ of the issue.
And as for point 2, I think @Rugoz was referring to Nagorno-Karabakh rather than the ‘Zangezur corridor’.
The basic problem is that Armenia and Azerbaijan seem to be entangled with each other, just as Russia and Ukraine are and just as many of the Balkan states are. During Soviet times, this didn’t matter of course, but as soon as Gorbachev lifted the repressive hand of Soviet power, the genie was out of the bottle….
One of the main reason why Greeks have been paranoid about "Macedonia" is because Macedonia(the totality of it, that is Greek, Bulgarian and Serbian) was also one of those communist projects. Yugoslavia after severing the Serbian province of Vardarska from itself and renaming it to "the Republic of Macedonia" it sought to "integrate" both Bulgarian and Greek Macedonias with war of course into its "Macedonia Project". Greek communists were in agreement and had they been succesful, Macedonia would now be one of those mangled enclaves at war. Both Greece and Bulgaria would have had the same experience as Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. Thankfully that was a near-miss. "Good thing" then that our British friends made sure we got a taste of that experience in Cyprus & Istanbul.
Now that these issues are erupting like spider bite boils and have been since 1991(the same year the "Macedonian issue" became part of modern Greek politics), Greek people are no longer looking like the crazies that people like Rugoz used to call us "ultra-nationalists" from what I recall, and you too in the beginning.
Fun fact the right wing conservative Prime Minister of Greece who sought to make a deal in 1991, had his government collapse immediately as his FM and other ministers resigned, the next socialist PASOK government that took over in 1992/1993 imposed a total embargo on the "Republic of Macedonia" until it changed its constitution, bank notes, street names and what have you and forced it to sign a treaty that was eventually fully implemented just a few years ago in 2017 but on whose basis the whole deal has taken place.
Communists went as far as creating entirely new national historiographies & museums for the provinces they cut and sewn back together. After all, there was only the "Soviet man".
Anyhow, I do not see why any of us in the western world should give a toss about what the communists did or go along with it.
Stalin made a personal decision to gift Armenia's Artsakh to Azerbaijan, I do not see why any of us should give any credence to his numpty decision in the present day.
...take your common sense with you, and leave your prejudices behind...