Russian analyst: Yerevan to become formal participant in Karabakh talks

Tue 15 November 2016 15:17 GMT | 19:17 Local Time

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The joint Russian and Armenian military forces will boost Armenia’s defense capability and this country’s armed forces will gain access to Russian resources, Russian political analyst Oleg Kuznetsov said in his article on Azerbaijan’s Vesti News Agency.

He said that this can be possible not only by regulations but also at the orders and instructions coming from the Russian command of the group.

“I don’t think these orders and instructions would serve Armenia’s unilateral interests while they are contrary to Russian interests. In the near future, the Armenian army will be taken control of by the Kremlin. That is, Serzh Sargsyan’s regime will allow Armenia to be become a satellite for Russia in order for themselves to survive and maintain power,” said Kuznetsov.

The expert explained possible affects of the joint Russian-Armenian military forces on the settlement process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

He stressed that Yerevan will become a formal participant in Karabakh talks after the creation of the joint Russian-Armenian military forces.

“Moscow will be a new address for the talks for Baku. The OSCE Minsk Group will lose its essence due to ineffectiveness. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will turn into internal conflict in the post-Soviet space. Kremlin will be a moderator. The resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will depend on Russia, but not Armenia. Russia's position is clear, it want peaceful solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in stages,” added the expert.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.

A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.

The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.

Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.

Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.  

Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.

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