ArmInfo.By cooperating with Turkey on several fronts in parallel, Russia is trying to avoid creating new problems for itself. Such opinion was expressed by the editor-in-chief of the magazine "Russia in Global Politics", chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy Fyodor Lukyanov.
"We see that the war in Karabakh last autumn naturally changed quite a lot. And, as, in fact, in the warring countries, and in the region as a whole. And against the background of the rather turbulent situation in the Donbas, it is extremely important for Moscow to preserve peace in the Karabakh conflict zone and in the South Caucasus as a whole. It is important to solve problems by political means, since going beyond it is an extremely undesirable scenario for us, " he stressed.
In the light of the large-scale agenda for discussions between Armenia and Russia that emerged after the war, Lukyanov considers the recent visit of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to Moscow and, in general, the discussions in the format of mutual visits of the two leaders as extremely important. In his opinion, the expected holding of early elections in Armenia against the background of many rough spots in the internal political field of the republic gives additional intrigue to Pashinyan's Moscow voyage.
In this light, the meeting, according to the analyst, was of mutual interest to the interlocutors. And if Moscow is interested in probing the internal political and electoral moods in Armenia, it is important for the Armenian authorities to understand the attitude of Russia to these moods. According to Lukyanov, this attitude will remain within the framework of strict respect for the sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of Armenia.
In general, the deepening of the Armenian-Russian relations, in his opinion, continues to be part of the negotiating agenda. First of all, due to the unconditional presence of mutual interest in this. And in this light, and in this direction, there are many issues to be discussed first in a bilateral, and then in a multilateral format.
"We understand that the main issue and topic for Russia among many issues and topics is the de-blocking of communications. It is around this issue that the most difficult negotiations are going on today, which led to the need for the visit of our Deputy Prime Minister Alexey Overchuk to Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is important to ensure the security of Armenia. It is important to fulfill Moscow's obligations in this direction by strengthening its military presence in the republic. There are many economic and political issues, as well as the issue of the Armenian prisoners. All this had to be discussed in order to reach mutually acceptable solutions, " Lukyanov concluded.
On April 7, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. During the nearly 4-hour talks, the interlocutors discussed the restoration of trade and economic ties and transport communications, the normalization of the situation in Artsakh with the help of peacekeepers, and the prospects for cooperation in integration associations in the Eurasian space.