Moscow trying ‘to talk Baku out' of new hostilities over Karabakh – debate in Brussels

16:40 • 06.04.18



The snap presidential election in Azerbaijan, the expiry of Serzh Sargsyan's term as the president of Armenia and the developing cooperaiton between Russia and the US can create a good platorm for reaching peace over the Nagorno-Karbakh (Artsakh), Deutsche Welle reports, citing experts.


“We have never been so far from conflict settlement as we are now. I predict high chances of a renewed war,” an analyst of the Regional Studies Center, David Shahnazaryan (Yerevan), is quoted as saying at a public debate in Brussels.


The other participants of the event, organized by the European Policy Center, also shared his opinion.


Dennis Sammut, the executive director of LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research, UK), said a  final peace would be possible “in case of meeting the necessary conditions on the national and international level” in Armenia and Azerbaijan.

 

In his words, the coming 6-8 months will be the most important period for reaching a breakthrough.

 

A member of the Crisis Group, Zaur Shiriyev (Baku), did not rule out the possibility of a progress either. He said that the Azerbaijani society expects specific actions by their government. The expert also warned that a new eruption of hostilities would entail larger-scale confrontations on the frontline.

 

All the participants agreed that despite the existing disagreements on a range of other international issues, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group share a unanimous position on Karabakh.

 

According to Andrey Makarevich, a professor at the University of Tartu, Moscow is predominantly interested in the maintenance of the status quo. Meantime he admitted that the Russian authorities are also doing all their best to keep Yerevan away from pro-Western positions.

 

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