Political analyst: Russia interested in progress in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 22 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
The activity, demonstrated in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, is connected with the current policy of Russia, political analyst, MP Rasim Musabayov said in an interview with the official website of the ruling "New Azerbaijan Party".
"The Russian side understands that it is impossible to keep the situation as it is," he said.
Russia sees Armenia's obvious weakening amid Azerbaijan's strengthening, he said.
He said that if Russia spends money on Armenia and there is no progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russia's most appeals to Azerbaijan will remain unanswerable. Russia will become a waning party.
"If the situation remains unchanged, Azerbaijan will completely break Armenia," he said. "Russia must spend very large sums of money to Armenia to prevent this. This is not good for Russia. It causes the harm to Russia. Russia is interested in any progress in the conflict settlement."
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.