US supported other islamic mujaheedens who later formed Northern Alliance, Taleban was later Paki creation and enemy of NI. And even if they did ( for the sake of argument) what super important ally could be hurted by this ?
The US follows the very very stupid policy of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
This means that while claiming to be anti communist it can have friendly relations with communist China in an effort to separate (ie divide and conquer) Russia from potential like minded allies.
Obviously such a policy is short sighted and stupid... when the enemy is defeated there is nothing to stop such an ally which is no friend at all from turning upon you.
The US would support any group opposed to its perceived enemies... ie the Soviet Union and later Russia and still today will happily arm and equip and fund any group or org opposed to Russia... including groups opposed to the USs interests.
Israel and Saudis are in one bed since decades , and US ceased supplying Iran since it started to be "enemy to Israel" after Khomeini revolution. Also Pakistan is unreliable frenemy to US, not important ally.
Pakistan was Americas best ally when it had troops in Afghanistan, and Iran was always opposed to Israel... it was just when CIA puppets were in power that they did not talk about it. Reliable or unreliable you said the US does not supply countries that are not friends or allies... the US supplied Iran with F-14s which were not supplied to any other ally... in fact it was not just the US... Iran funded the development of a brand new tank with expensive and powerful new armour called the Challenger... when the Shah was overthrown the British Army got those tanks and the Abrams benefited from the techology developed with Iranian money...
The only thing that could be comparable to Russia selling powerful arms to Azerbaijan, would be when US started selling to North Korea just to "equal" power balance on the Korean Peninsula, or rockets to Hezbollah .
The US is trying to sell F-18s to India and sells F-16s to Pakistan...
Azeris buyed weapons from Russia ( and others as well) solely for the purpose of hurting Armenia, so genius detective mind of Sherlock Holmes was not needed to solve the puzzle why they buy that much so fast ...
But it looks that Russia still didn't care. And Armenians payed by blood cause of this.
Azeris could buy F-22s and it wont make any difference if they don't have superpower support when push comes to shove.
Russia has lost its eastern european market and can't afford to be picky when it comes to weapons sales... business is business. If it came to an actual conflict the Russian support both political and military is worth more than a few toys.
I don't really think our relations can stay as strong as before if Russia continues to sell weapons to Azerbaijan. Armenia itself always remained a trusted ally for Russia. We even stayed togheter about Ukraine crisis and voted in favor of Russia at UN Crimean Resolution .
Selling adversary weapons to Armenia's biggest enemy is a clear betrayal in my opinion. I can't find another word to describe my feelings.
I can understand your feelings but at the end of the day Russia sells weapons. I rather suspect they will not allow the Azeris to take NK by force or if they try to keep it if taken by force.
I rather suspect a large number of polite men will arrive to NK and they will have a referendum to decide by ballot box... once that decision is made then those polite men will have a mandate to ensure the rule of law in that region.
Maybe after this, Russia may be smart enough to freeze sales to Azerbaijan.
Sales to Azeris gives them some control and creates strings that can be pulled in such times as now... if they bought all their weapons from the US or the west then not only would there be no strings Russia could pull but there would be strings the azeris could pull to drag that western sponsor into the conflict...
Russia did openly sold those arms to azeris, so i don't think anybody career is endangered.
The cold war is over... and with eastern europe now in the enemy camp Russia has to sell to countries who still want to buy.
All in all Russia has to choose between Azerbaijani money or Armenia future in their sphere of influence.
I don't wanna see another anti-russian country in caucasus, but if Russia doesn't care about that so be it.
Why can't it have both? Though I suspect if Russia uses polite force to ensure peace then the Azeris might wonder about whether buying Russian hardware is worth it and look to turkey or EU or US.
As I said before... invasion and attack wont work as a long lasting solution... any gains they might make can be undone by the Russians overnight. Better to sit down and discuss.
I don't want to turn this into a discussion. I am not talking on behelf of my country. I am writing my own views and observations and i think i made my point clear.
And I am sure an Indian is wondering why Russia is selling Hinds to Pakistan despite their relationship with India... at the end of the day business is business... but keep in mind when push comes to shove and you need help it will be Armenia that benefits from Russian intervention and assistance and not Azerbaijan... that is where the friendship matters and counts.
The best solution is a peace deal... conflict solves nothing except creates more pain and problems.
As they showed in Syria when you need them they can be there, but forcing an artificial outcome will only bite you in the ass later on.
If Russia had stayed in Syria and steam rolled the opposition then Assad would have no reason to negotiate with the Syrian opposition.
Azerbaijan and Armenia need to talk about NK and about its future and NK needs to be part of this discussion... will there be autonomy, and independent state or some other solution that all parties can live with... you can't find that out with the muzzle of an artillery piece. And taking what you think is your by force leaves the situation open to them doing the same later down the track when you are less wary and they are better prepared.