by Nana Martirosyan
The Crimea referendum has canceled inviolability of borders of the former USSR, deputy director of the Caucasus Institute, political expert, Sergey Minasyan, told Arminfo correspondent.
"The Crimea referendum has shown to the whole world that all the taboos should be cancelled, that all the peoples have a right for self-determination. This will possibly result in serious changes in all over the world", - he said and added that the referendum and later Crimea's joining Russia may result in the "cold war" between Russia and the West. "Both parties to the conflict understand that the world order is changing, borders are moving. So each party will try to keep its piece", - the expert said. He also added that the results of the Crimea referendum were predictable.
As for the Crimea referendum affecting the Karabakh settlement, Minasyan said one should not expect anything significant. "In fact, these are two different issues. The Karabakh conflict is being settled in another format and does not directly depend on the Crimea problem", - he concluded.