Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Ashot Safaryan
Russia does not want the Karabakh conflict to be settled, Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili said in his address to the UN General Assembly on September 25.
He pointed out that Russia keeps on annexing Georgian territories and thereby weakening Georgia. He said that Russia does not want to see the former Soviet republics - Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan - strong. Saakashvili thinks that Putin does not want Armenia to gain victory over Azerbaijan in the Karabakh conflict, because this would make Armenia too strong and too independent. Neither does Moscow want Azerbaijan to gain victory over Armenia. It is the conflict that prevents the nations from becoming independent and joining the European Union, Saakashvili said.
"The Eurasian Union has been shaped as an alternative to the European Union and unveiled by Vladimir Putin as the main project of his new presidency - the new Russian empire," he said. Saakashvili said: Because European and Euro-Atlantic integration take a lot of time and: because there are moments when you might think you are pursuing a mirage: some people in our region might fall victim to fatigue and ask themselves: why not?" He said that Kremlin's "mouthpieces", which he also described as "conscious or unconscious 5th column" identify the EU with "the destruction of family values, the erosion of national traditions and the promotion of gays and lesbians."