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Russian State Duma members Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov have petitioned to President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and proposed to sever the brotherhood and friendship treaty (Treaty of Moscow) which the then Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (Bolshevist Russia) and Turkey had signed in 1921, according to Izvestia daily of Russia.

“Ankara needs to understand what the escalation of the conflict can turn into,” Obukhov said.

And as per Duma member Oleg Pakholkov, Turkey has posited very hard conditions, including a point on Nagorno-Karabakh.

“But the Turks need to be disciplined,” Pakholkov added. “If you have adopted a traitorous position today, severing the treaty is an equivalent step; Armenia will assist us in this matter.”

He noted that even if the severance of this accord will not have a major legal force, it will express the territorial claims with which the Russian side does not agree.

“Two of the three Transcaucasian republics—Armenia and Georgia [except for Azerbaijan]—don’t recognize the terms of the treaty,” Sergei Obukhov said. “We need to understand that in 1921, the Bolshevik power was hanging by a thread.”

Pursuant to this treaty, most of Kars Province, southern part of former Batumi Province, and Surmalu District—along with Mount Ararat—of Yerevan Province were given to Turkey.

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