by David Stepanyan
Growing violence in the Karabakh conflict zone will become a topic for Sargsyan-Aliyev talks in Sochi, Sergey Markedonov, Department of International Relations at the Institute of Political and Military Analysis, Moscow, told ArmInfo.
Sargsyan and Aliyev are expected to meet on 8-9 August in Sochi amid ongoing breaches of the ceasefire by Azerbaijan. "In addition, the stakes may be increased at the talks. I don't think, however, that the sides will study the most complicate issues, the status and the refugees. Everything is possible at the current stage, given the challenges resulting from the upsurge of tension also on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Not only Yerevan and Baku, but also the neighbor states, the CSTO and external actors have faced quite complex challenges.
According to the analyst, in the Karabakh conflict like in any other military confrontation it is very hard to stop at the right point. The OSCE format of the peace process will hardly help here. The only hope left is development of a joint strict line by Washington and Moscow not to allow military actions and unfreezing the conflict.