ArmInfo. The danger of a real, large-scale war in the short and medium term is excluded, since there is no resource base for this. The Director of the Caucasus Institute, political scientist Alexander Iskandaryan said this at a press conference.
Iskandaryan recalled that the Greater Caucasus is the second region in the world by number of conventional armaments and no one will allow the resumption of a real large-scale war, however, the expert does not exclude the growth of escalation on the Line of Contact of troops in the conflict zone. Touching upon the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, in particular, that the status quo is unacceptable and there can be no military solution to the Karabakh conflict, Iskandaryan noted: <The status quo is perceived only as a configuration of borders, meaning that Karabakh will not be recognized, but the borders will remain as they are today. However, the status quo also means the loss of at least several dozen young lives a year from the Armenian side, the same thing is happening in Azerbaijan>. Iskandaryan noted that in this context, the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs is acceptable, however at the same time looks cynical from the point of view when they say that losses occur in many conflicts, but on the basis of humanitarian considerations, the victims are unacceptable.
"The parties are not ready to compromise, Armenia and Azerbaijan's understanding of compromise does not coincide. Azerbaijan calls a compromise solution a return to the situation before 1988, which actually becomes impossible and unacceptable for discussion. Armenia calls a compromise the preservation of the current situation and in addition recognition of Artsakh that Azerbaijanis are not ready to discuss,> the political scientist said.
According to the expert, in this case it is necessary to continue to do what is being done, namely to work to reduce the degree of violence on the contact line, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are working on this in a visible and invisible way, he said. "The opportunities aimed at reducing violence are not as null as the attempt to resolve the conflict, Mnatsakanyan, the co-chairs speak about this, and even Azerbaijan sometimes speaks in," Iskandaryan emphasized. The political scientist recalled that the last attempt at a settlement was made in Kazan in 2011, and everything that happened after that is a "conflict management", however, stating that the level of violence has been decreasing since 2016 and is now at the level of 2011- 2012.