Bryza: Putin controls the situation in Karabakh

Tue 12 April 2016 10:11 GMT | 14:11 Local Time

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Former US ambassador in Baku wrote an article about the conflict.

Moscow independently acts to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, while Washington does not take part in what's happening between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Russian authorities are taking advantage of this, pushing the Spouth Caucasus nations aside from the West, writes the former US ambassador to Azerbaijan, Washington Post columnist, former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza, Oxu.Az reports citing Regnum.

According to him, Moscow is only strengthening its influence in the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin began to act decisively "to strengthen Russia's international reputation and to remove Baku and Yerevan from the West."

Bryza said that Russia and the United States continued to cooperate within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on the Karabakh conflict, established in 1994, and the author himself participated in its work from 2006 to 2009. So the absence of any cooperation between Moscow and Washington after the escalation of the conflict looks weird.

"Many Azerbaijanis and Armenians have long feared that external player can push the local commander for the resumption of the conflict for their own narrow political interests" Bryza says.

However, Putin controls the situation with the help of active diplomacy and Obama does not show any interest to the issue.

In particular, there has been no official statement of the White House on the conflict, the US State Department's reaction was more than restrained, Bryza says.

The author emphasizes that such benign neglect toward the region, connecting Turkey, Iran, Russia, Central Asia and the Caspian energy sources may cost dear for Obama as the Kremlin is using it for its own purposes.




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