YEREVAN, December 18. / ARKA /. Mikhail Chernov, deputy director of the Russian Center of Strategic Situations, told an international gathering of political experts in Yerevan today that Moscow would recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state should Azerbaijan try to bring it back to its jurisdiction by the use of force, citing the case of Georgia’s breakway region of South Ossetia.
However, he stressed that a military solution to the Karabakh conflict is highly unlikely and is possible only in case of emergence of new negative external influences.
Chernov also noted that the prospect for a military solution to the Karabakh conflict has become far unlikely after Armenia’s decision to join the Russia-led Customs Union.
"In this sense Azerbaijan is pursuing a very correct and cautious policy waiting to see whether it should also join the trade bloc on favorable terms ," he added..-0-