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 David Stepanyan
Moscow is forced to take into consideration Yerevan's viewpoint in its regional policy, the head of the political research department of the Caucasus Institute, Sergey Minasyan, told ArmInfo correspondent.
"Incidentally, the point is about the relations of Russia with Turkey as well as with Azerbaijan. Armenia's viewpoint is also taken into consideration in the efforts of Moscow's intermediary mission not to let resumption of the military phase of the Karabakh conflict. Moreover, for the last years Armenia has become more significant for Russia, taking into consideration the present low level of relations with Baku linked with shut down of the Gabala radar station, and almost hopeless deadlock in the relations with Georgia after the 08.08.08. war", - Minasyan said and added that against the background of the negative dynamics in the relations with Azerbaijan and Georgia, in Moscow they understand very well that if they "lose" Armenia, that will mean the end of their military and political presence in the South Caucasus.
Just for this reason, the Kremlin does not even try to hide its jealousy regarding Armenia's attempts to deepen relations with the EU and initial Association Agreement and DCFTA over the November summit of the Eastern Partnership in Vilnus, Minasyan said.