BY RASIM BABAYEV
Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan will continue to push for the participation of Nagorno-Karabakh as a party to the talks on a peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, Russian political analyst Maxim Mayorov said in an interview with Azeri Daily.
‘Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will continue to make statements on the need to involve Nagorno-Karabakh as a party to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, since this can have an impact on his political prospects and position both within Armenia and, on the whole, in the world arena,’ said the expert, adding that Pashinyan will stay for a long time at the helm of the power of the Armenian state.
In Mayorov’s opinion, it is not necessary to expect any progress in the near future in the process of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
‘I think that the breakthroughs should not be expected for now. The leadership has changed in both states, and it will have to decide on a further course. In the long run, yes, since both sides are interested in an early resolution of the conflict,’ he said.
The political scientist considers the recurrence of the April events of 2016 in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be unlikely: ‘This is unlikely. In any case, I do not see the reasons for their resumption.’
According to him, the Russian side, which is interested in preserving peace in the Caucasus, is also against this: ‘I think that Moscow will do everything possible to bring the positions of the parties as close as possible and to move the conflict settlement process from a standstill, without allowing violence that could undermine that fragile peace in Transcaucasia. I am confident that this year there will be a trilateral meeting of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, since there is a number of other issues that need to be resolved in addition to Karabakh.’
‘I would be cautious about Trump’s statement, given the example of North Korea. And it was dictated by the fact that the United States sees Azerbaijan as one of its main partners in Transcaucasia and therefore in every possible way they show support,’ he stressed.
The expert also commented on the statement made by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Baku that Paris will also be more active in the coming months in the search for a solution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.
‘I think it’s not worth to expect anything else: Macron wants to have good relations with the United States, so he has to follow in the wake its policy,’ said Mayorov.