Referendum in Crimea is a major concern for Azerbaijan – political analyst

Referendum in Crimea is a major concern for Azerbaijan – political analyst

YEREVAN, March 17. / ARKA /. The March 16 referendum in Crimea in which 96.6% of voters on the mostly Russian-speaking peninsula chose to secede from Ukraine has become a major concern for Azerbaijan as it has set a new precedent  for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a political analysts Aram Manukyan said today.

He said there are obvious similarities between Crimea and Nagorno-Karabakh as both these territories were forcibly given to other republics by the Soviet authorities.

However, he said, considering further developments one should have in mind that the international law actually operates when behind it there is a powerful force. In case of Crimea it is Russia.

"Armenia should pursue a persistent foreign policy and have reliable and powerful allies whose interests will coincide with the interests of Armenia. Only in that case we can expect a fair solution to the Karabakh conflict,” he said.

According to him, at this historical period the best ally of Armenia is Russia, but to believe that it will revise its approaches to act in a way that will benefit only Armenia is wrong, because Moscow is now not interested in deterioration of its relations with Azerbaijan.

"On the other hand, Moscow has officially demonstrated its position on such conflicts and now it can not step back from it," said Manukyan. 

In a related development, Ashot Manucharyan, a former member of Karabakh committee, said the Crimea referendum in mind Azerbaijan will behave “meek as a lamb" to try to avoid troubles.

According to him, the next target of Russia, which has already entered into a confrontation with the West and will seek to consolidate the territories which it considers its legitimate zones of influence, will be Azerbaijan .

He argued that new dramatic developments are expected also in Turkey, as in its current form it is no longer needed by the West.

"Developments in Turkey will affect also Armenia and therefore, we must be very attentive to these issues," he said. -0-

16:22 17.03.2014

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