Russia not interested in Karabakh breakthrough – Armenian analyst

16:10 • 11.08.16



The recent Armenian-Russian top-level talks in Moscow demonstrated yet another time Russia’s disinterest in reaching peace over Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), says an Armenian political analyst.


“So many times before have seen the sides so close to a solution and agreement implementation. But I remain skeptical on this. I don’t expect any solution, as that’s a very sensitive issue for Armenia,” Armen Grigoryan told Tert.am, commenting on President Serzh Sargsyan’s recent meeting with his Russian counterpart.


He said he doesn’t see any interest on the part of Azerbaijan either.


“There is a fundamental problem; the information which has been made public to date suggests that Artsakh will be granted an intermediate status instead of independence,” he said, noting that suhc a plan would not be in the country’s interests.


As for the reported plans for handing over regions to Azerbaijan, Grigoryan said he expects a strong resistance by both Armenia and Artsakh when it comes to that.


Commenting on Russia’s mediation efforts in the conflict settlement talks, he said the country’s proposals (if any) almost repeat the resolutions on the negotiating table. “[That has to do with] intermediate status, territories’ return etc. I don’t think the proposals go far beyond that. But given the public sentiments, it is definitely clear that no agreement was reached over them,” he added.

Hripsime Hovhannisyan





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