by David Stepanyan
The problems in Syria, Iran and Afghanistan are affecting the security situation in the South Caucasus, Director of the Russian Center for Socio- Political Studies Vladimir Yevseyev told journalists in Yerevan on Tuesday.
"Syria is the biggest problem. The ongoing battles for that country show that the Syrian conflict will hardly be resolved by the Geneva II conference on Jan 22 and will mostly probably need more conferences," Yevseyev said.
He is also doubtful about the future of the Iranian problem. "The United States does not want this problem to be resolved. So, the Geneva agreement will hardly work as the Americans have just softened their sanctions against Iran but will never agree to lift them. War is still possible there. The only question is who will war. I mean the U.S. may well be replaced by Israel," Yevseyav said.
As regards Afghanistan, the United States' declining influence in that country is giving rise to one more serious problem. "Now that the Americans are leaving that country, they will hardly be able to control it on their own and may well ask Iran to help them. This may also cause changes in the situation in the South Caucasus," the Russian expert said.