Putin showcased Russia’s undisputable role in maintaining status-quo in Karabakh – expert
YEREVAN, August 13. /ARKA/. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin demonstrated Russia’s unquestionable role in maintaining peace along the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops at the trilateral meeting in Sochi, political analyst Sergey Shakaryants told reporters Tuesday.
Russia’s statements saying it will support a mechanism to investigate deadly incidents at the border mean Azerbaijan will be unmasked if it continues provoking and initiating truce violations at the border, Shakaryants said.
In the period from end of July to the beginning of August Azerbaijan intensified largely its military efforts along the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR). Over 25 Azerbaijani and six Karabakh servicemen were killed in the latest raid operations and attempts by Azerbaijani troops to attack Karabakh’s positions.
According to the analyst, both co-chair countries and other member-countries of OSCE Minsk Group may start looking into these cases.
Shakaryants also said Putin managed to draw a statement about commitment to peaceful settlement from Aliev, which points to Russia’s peacekeeping role.
The trilateral meeting of the presidents of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan Serzh Sargsyan, Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliev was held in Sochi on August 10.
The Karabakh conflict started in 1988 when prevailingly Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh declared withdrawal from Azerbaijan. On December 10, 1991, a referendum was held in Nagorno-Karabakh where 99.89% voted for independence from Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan responded by large-scale military operations that led to loss of control not only over Nagorno-Karabakh itself, but also over seven adjoining areas. About 25-30 thousand people were killed and about a million had to leave their homes during the military operations.
A trilateral cease-fire agreement was signed on May 12, 2004, and has been followed since then.
The ongoing Karabakh peace process started in 1992 under auspices of OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the USA, Russia and France. –0—