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    Kardashian Slammed for Silence as Armenian Footie to Miss Final in Azerbaijan

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    The reality TV star has been dragged into a sports row after it was confirmed that Arsenal would lose Armenian footballer Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the key match in Azerbaijan, a country that has been embroiled in decades-long tensions with Armenia. According to some comments, the diva, who is vocal about her Armenian roots, should have interfered.

    One of the world’s most famous Armenians, Kim Kardashian, has been called on to use her social media influence to intervene in the situation around Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is set to miss his team’s Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku on 29 May. 

    ​The English club recently announced that its key player would not travel to Azerbaijan, which has been involved in decades-long tensions with Armenia over the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Since the region, with a predominantly Armenian population, declared independence from Azerbaijan in the 1990s, the Baku and Yerevan have fought a war and had a series of confrontations, while diplomatic ties between them remain severed. 

    The club expressed their “deep concerns” about the situation with Mkhitaryan to the UEFA, which responded that it had “received assurances regarding the player's safety in Azerbaijan from the highest authorities in the country” and referred them to the club.

    In this situation, some netizens turned to the reality TV star, who has previously used her popularity to address political issues, and reminded her about her Armenian roots. One Twitter user reposted a three-year-old tweet of hers about visiting Armenia and learning more about her family history, slamming Kim Kardashian for being “Armenian when it’s convenient”.

    ​Some took a more light-hearted approach, joking about Trump’s possible involvement and Kim Kardashian’s protest, or suggesting that the star does not even know who this Armenian person is.

    ​There were also those trashing fellow users for dragging the star into the matter.

    ​After storming social media with her glamorous photo-ops, the curvy diva has previously dabbled in political activism, even visiting Donald Trump in the White House to discuss the weighty issue of prison reform last May. She made a plea for 63-years-old Alice Marie Johnson, serving a life sentence for a first-time non-violent drug offense. Eventually, US President Donald Trump changed it to an ordinary sentence. An official statement said that Johnson "has accepted responsibility for her past behaviour" and is working hard on her rehabilitation. Kardashian met the news as the "best ever".

    The conflict in the ethnic Armenian-dominated Nagorno-Karabakh started in 1988, with the autonomous region announcing its secession from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, the region declared independence from Azerbaijan and the creation of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. This move triggered a military conflict, which led to Baku losing control over the region.

    READ MORE: Azerbaijani, Armenian Foreign Ministers to Discuss Nagorno-Karabakh — Aliyev

    The warring sides agreed to a cessation of hostilities in 1994. However, the area is still subject to tensions, with a skirmish briefly taking place taking place in early April 2016. Reacting to the hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan, countries and organisations across the globe, including the OSCE Minsk Group, the UN, Russia, and a number of European states, worked hard to persuade both parties to stop fighting immediately and agree to truce.

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