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Iskandaryan: On the eve of the elections, Azerbaijan makes very harsh  statements, from time to time provoking escalation, however it  doesn`t quit negotiations

Iskandaryan: On the eve of the elections, Azerbaijan makes very harsh  statements, from time to time provoking escalation, however it  doesn`t quit negotiations

ArmInfo. Azerbaijan makes very harsh statements, "shoots" from time to time, however it does not leave the negotiation process. This was stated at a press conference  by the Director of the Caucasus Institute, political scientist  Alexander Iskandaryan.

"Azerbaijan's current position is as follows: to remain in the  negotiation process, to use harsh rhetoric, and to continue what is  going on within the framework of the Karabakh conflict," the expert  said, noting that the leadership of Azerbaijan simultaneously states  that they are not satisfied with the current situation in Karabakh,  but at the same time, Mammadyarov announces the next meeting with the  Armenian Foreign Minister at the beginning of next year, apparently  at the end of January.

Speaking about the holding of early parliamentary elections in  Azerbaijan scheduled for February 2020, Iskandaryan said that the  Karabakh issue within Azerbaijan has always been a factor of  consolidation, noting that the conflict is instrumental and  convenient in its specificity, as it consolidates the country's elite  and population.

"The upcoming elections for Azerbaijan are quite important, important  not in the sense that we do not know who will be elected and how  these elections will be won and who will win, but in the sense that  serious political processes are taking place there, which,  apparently, are connected with the strengthening of one group against  another within the Azerbaijani elite.

These are processes that require some consolidation. This is what  dictates that Azerbaijan now needs rigidity. Usually, before such  events as elections, harsh statements are made and this is happening  now", Iskandaryan said, recalling also the presidential and  parliamentary elections in Nagorno-Karabakh, noting that in this  regard, hard discourses will also sound in Armenia.

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