by Nana Martirosyan
Likelihood of military actions in Nagorno Karabakh has decreased with resumption of the negotiations for peaceful resolution of the conflict, says Gagik Haroutiunyan, the head of Noravank Scientific and Educational Foundation.
Talking to reporters, Thursday, Haroutiunyan said that Baku is in panic over Iran's gradually increasing role and Turkey's diminishing influence in the region.
"Furthermore, Armenia's decision to accession the Customs Union was something like a wake-up call for Azerbaijan. The leadership of that country realized that the Armenian-Russian relations will now attain a new quality creating serious obstacles to their adventurism," he said. The expert believes that the Russian military base in Armenia is another restraining factor for Azerbaijan.
Meanwhile, Manvel Sargsyan, Director of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies, does not share Haroutiunyan's views. He thinks that the Russian military base in Armenia looks to control the country from inside rather than protect the territory of Armenia in case of an armed conflict.
"Russia is well aware that its role in the region will diminish in case of normalization of Iran-USA relations and tries to develop its relations with Azerbaijan and Turkey, which is not in favor of Armenia. In the light of these 'rapprochement' Russia has already sold a solid amount of weapons to Azerbaijan," he said.
Sargsyan calls the anti-Russian hysteria in Armenia infantile, as Yerevan needs to develop cooperation with any country that is ready to cooperate with Armenia.