ArmInfo. Both the parties and the mediators of the conflict around Artsakh should exercise the utmost possible degree of caution in their assessments and actions. Head of Caucasus Department of the CIS Institute Vladimir Evseev expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"Not so long ago, we all witnessed a tragic war with a high degree of intensity and with the participation of terrorists. There are still a lot of political, humanitarian, and border problems to be solved. In this light, it seems to me that now it is not the best moment to develop geopolitical rivalry around Karabakh. Nevertheless, signs of such intentions on the part of the US and EU are already being observed, "he stressed.
Nevertheless, according to the expert, the efforts of the US and the EU in this direction will have a very low degree of efficiency, first of all, against the background of the current regional positions of Russia and Turkey. In this light, he noted the achievement of a ceasefire mediated by Moscow and Russian participation in resolving humanitarian problems in the conflict region, moreover, with the consent of both parties.
Nevertheless, the Western nations, according to Evseev, today is trying to transfer the process of the Karabakh settlement to the western course in order not to remain outside its framework. At the same time, the specific situation during the period of hostilities, in his opinion, clearly demonstrated the existence of real levers of influence in the region exclusively in the hands of Moscow and Ankara.
Without excluding Armenia's interest in demonstrating the existence of the OSCE Minsk Group, the expert allowed the formation of a new direction of its work. At the same time, in his opinion, this direction will be considered by all other players as very problematic.
"I don't think there are significant problems between Armenia and Russia today. In this light, I consider the warnings from Moscow about the inadmissibility of the situation in the region being directed to our Western partners. Let's not forget that during the entire period of the war they did not come out with any serious initiative, they failed to stop it, for example, by recognizing the independence of Karabakh. In this light, all such steps are perceived by Russia today not as assistance to Armenia, but as a blow to Russia and Russian efforts to overcome the consequences of the conflict, " Evseev summed up.