This document will be of most interest especially to those who still think that the Russian military base in Gyumri has been deployed for the security of Armenia. Turkey doesn’t attack Armenia not because of the presence of the said base but because they are afraid of losing the “gifts” in the form of the lands of historical Armenia they have received from Russia in the early 20th century.
Apart from that, a Turkish blitzkrieg is impossible. Additionally, the Turks still haven’t managed to fulfill their plans through others (Russia – Azerbaijan), and the 2016 April War is the biggest testimony to that.
The importance of this document lies in the fact that the policy of modern Russia doesn’t differ from that of the newly-established Soviet Union. Moreover, the policy of the Russian state towards Armenia has remained unchanged since the days of Peter I the Great.
So, the document number 644 from December 26, 1920, published in Volume I of “Nagornyi Karabagh in International Law and World Politics” compiled by Dr. of Law Yuri Barsegov reads:
From the recording of the telephone conversation between the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Armenian SSR A. Bezadyan, a member of revkom of Armenia A. Mravyan, and G. Atarbekov about the position of Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky regarding the Armenian question
When we pointed out the terrible condition of the Armenian people and the threat of the derogation of the Communist Party in the eyes of the Armenian workers, we received the following answer [from Lenin]:
“We are forced to temporarily sacrifice the interests of the Armenian workers for the sake of the interest of the world revolution. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania shared the same fate.
You should know that even the disputes with our Latvian comrades didn’t stop us, and some of them left the party. All we can do for Armenia now is provide them with supplies and money, as well as deploy, as much as possible, troops in the territory of Armenia in order to make Angora more accommodating. But remember comrades, we are not going to war against anyone for the sake of Armenia, and especially against Kemal.”
That’s why we decided to leave Sahak and Karinyan in Moscow so they neutralize the influence of Stalin and prove to Lenin the correctness of our point of view.
Armenia. Political and Ethnic Boundaries. 19878-1948. Anita L. P. Burdett (ed). Archive Editions, 1998, pp. 654-656. Source of the document (Russian): www.nkr.am, page 607.