ArmInfo.The resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict appears to be one of the potential priorities of the United States in Eurasia. A similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by Sergey Markedonov, a leading researcher at the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security of the Institute for International Studies at MGIMO.
"This is evidenced by the latest statement by the US presidential candidate from the Democratic Party Joe Biden. So if earlier his statements on the Karabakh theme were limited to calls for the parties to the conflict to ceasefire, on October 14, Biden accused the current administration of being passive. mediation and monitoring of the situation, voiced by Donald Trump on the second day after the start of the war in Karabakh, "he stressed.
On October 22, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan left for the United States on a working visit, during which he is scheduled to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a number of high- ranking officials. On October 21, the Armenian Foreign Minister met in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Meanwhile, in Biden's speech, according to the Russian analyst, a number of harsh assessments were voiced, in particular, about the inadmissibility of allowing Azerbaijan and Turkey to resolve issues through military escalation. In parallel, the democrat in a separate case mentioned the areas around the former NKAO, in fact referring to the approaches within the framework of the "updated Madrid principles" of 2009.
Thus, the Russian analyst views the statement of candidate Biden as a definite application for the activation of US policy in the post-Soviet space. According to his forecasts, in case of victory in the upcoming presidential elections, the US Democratic Administration will work towards overcoming the consequences of the isolationist policies of its predecessors.
"However, I do not think that such a change in US foreign policy priorities and their alignment will have a beneficial effect on the process of improving relations between Moscow and Washington. The settlement of the Karabakh conflict until recently remained a unique point of absence of a tough clash of Russian and American interests. in the event of a change in the owner of the Oval Office, competition may arise between the United States and Russia in this matter, "Markedonov predicts.