ArmInfo. In the context of the Karabakh settlement, today, the negotiations of the Foreign Ministers are not so much important as the events in the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry. A similar opinion, commenting on the past and expected video conferences of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, was expressed by ArmInfo, Scientific Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club Fedor Lukyanov.
On July 3, the State Security Service of Azerbaijan conducted a special operation in the country's Foreign Ministry, as a result of which "high-ranking officials of the ministry Farhad Mollazade, Salim Alizadeh and Nurupasha Abdullayev were arrested" for abuse of authority, misappropriation and receiving bribes. "During such discussions, the ministers speak and try to solve only situational problems and tasks. The Karabakh conflict is a protracted conflict and, as I understand it, it will drag on for a very long time. Meanwhile, it seems that especially in recent months, there has been an aggravation of sentiment in Azerbaijan. regarding the Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. In his attitude today, a negative opinion is expressed by many former and current deputies and officials, "he stressed.
In this light, the Russian analyst expects a further turn of events. According to him, based on current and expected impulses, it is important to understand how all this will affect the foreign policy of Azerbaijan. Will it become more rigid or vice versa soften. Today, based on criticism of the Foreign Ministry, according to Lukyanov, one thing is clear - a meaningful revision of Baku's foreign policy line is just around the corner.
The analyst does not expect radical changes in the positions of Baku, while emphasizing that certain, quite sharp changes in the country's foreign policy will still be. According to him, all the latest impulses in Azerbaijan indicate this, which, in his opinion, must be carefully monitored.
Commenting on the current course of negotiations, Lukyanov suggested that at the level of heads of state and at the level of heads of foreign ministries various ideas have always been discussed and are being discussed regarding the settlement of the conflict. According to his estimates, today everyone understands that in the absence of balance, any option for resolving the conflict is impossible.
"There is no progress in the settlement because the status quo is beneficial to literally everyone. It must be understood that any negotiation or non-negotiation of a change in the status quo can be beneficial only to one of the parties to the conflict, since everyone will have to make concessions on basic issues. It's also clear that any proposals of Russia as a mediator in the direction of reaching a settlement have been discussed and agreed with France and the United States. Accordingly, this is precisely the case when Washington and Paris even agree to a Russian settlement package - the main thing is that it be agreed with them, "summed up Lukyanov.