Pending Karabakh conflict Russia’s most mighty tool for pressure on Azerbaijan - expert

Pending Karabakh conflict Russia’s most mighty tool for pressure on Azerbaijan - expert

YEREVAN, July 9. /ARKA/. The unresolved Karabakh conflict and the status quo remains Russia’s most powerful tool for putting pressure on Azerbaijan, head of political studies at the Caucasus Institute Sergey Minasyan said.

Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh would be a mighty level of pressure on Baku also within the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) if Russia managed to involve Azerbaijan in the EEU, Minasyan told a press conference on Tuesday.

But the Azerbaijani society is quite negative about Russia and anti-Russian sentiments there are almost as intense as in Georgia, according to the expert.

Minasyan pointed out that everybody understands both in Azerbaijan and in Russia and Armenia that it is impossible to give Nagorno-Karabakh republic to Azerbaijan in exchange for something else, as Karabakh belongs neither to Russia, nor to any other country.

“Even if we imagine theoretically that it is possible, Azerbaijan will break off all relations with Russia on the next day after getting Nagorno-Karabakh”, the expert said.

In this respect, the status quo and unresolved Karabakh conflict remains the only serious lever of pressure that enables Russia maintaining its military, political and strategic influence in the South Caucasus, Minasyan said.

“I do not believe Russia may sacrifice the geopolitical structure that has worked out for ten years now for some short-term objectives in such a long-term process like the formation of the Eurasian Union is”, the expert said. –0--

11:43 09.07.2014

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