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 Wednesday, September 3 2014 11:37:55

Степанян Դավիթ Stepanyan Ստեփանյան David Давид

Analyst: Against the background of Ukraine, Moscow does not need extra headache in Karabakh

Against the background of Ukraine,
Moscow does not need extra headache in Karabakh, the known Russian analyst,
Sergey Markedonov, told ArmInfo correspondent. 


 


"Just
for this reason, since May 1994, after the biggest escalation of violence and
new victims at the line of contact, President Putin has initiated the meeting
with his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan in Sochi. In other words, the
deep issues of the Karabakh settlement were not discussed in Sochi. They only
made an arrangement to stop escalation of violence and to prevent new
victims", - Markedonov said.


 


The
analyst emphasized that not opposing to other members of the OSCE Minsk Group,
Moscow hinted at its special interest informally taking a status of a mediator
in the Karabakh settlement. This is not surprising, if we take into
consideration the fact that escalation of the Karabakh conflict will raise
burning questions beyond the frames of relationship between Yerevan and Baku,
for instance, about expediency and effectiveness of the CSTO and Eurasian
integration.


 


Markedonov
thinks that the summer escalation of the situation around Karabakh is a test
for the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair states to be able to coordinate their
actions. He said that the hints of the West addressed to Baku from time to time
about priority of the energy and geo-political pluralism and the integration
programmes at the CIS territory without participation of Russia, may lead in
Baku to the bold decision about breaking of the status-quo. In this context, he
thinks that it is priority that the West and Russia demonstrate unwillingness
to break the status-quo.


 


"Today
neither Russia nor the West need a new war in Karabakh. Russia does not need
it, as it will be forced to choose between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which will
end in quarrel with Baku. As for the USA, today it does not have a special
interest in the Caucasus, which is just a part of the global politics for the
West. Moreover, in case of the new war, the oil pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan
will find itself in the risk zone. This will lead to multiplication of the new
problems for the West", - the expert concluded.

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