ArmInfo. As a result of last year's war over Karabakh, Russia not only remained, but also strengthened its own military presence in the South Caucasus. At the same time, the West's attempts to expel Russia from the region will continue.
There are already some political forces in Armenia with serious foreign funding and a possible anti-Russian agenda. Such opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by the head of the Eurasia Department of the Institute of CIS Countries, military expert Vladimir Evseev.
"In fact, Russia remains the main military-political partner of Armenia. Almost all the weapons of the Armenian Armed Forces are of Soviet or Russian production. Russia, in turn, is largely dependent on Armenia as our main ally in the South Caucasus. I think that the strengthening of our 102nd military base will begin very soon. It should be particularly noted here that one of the results of last year's war was the deployment of 25 military camps in Karabakh by our peacekeepers, " he said.
According to Yevseyev's forecasts, the military class, the same people from the General Staff of the Armed Forces, can very well prove themselves in the early elections to the Armenian parliament. And if successful, they will lobby for military-technical cooperation with Russia. The latter, according to his estimates, has weakened somewhat over the past three years. And this is in the context of the growing need to modernize the national army following the results of the war lost last year.
Commenting on the post-war situation in Azerbaijan, the expert described it as euphoria. According to him, from the point of view of the theory of military science, all the recent shameful manifestations of this euphoria: frequent and detailed performances, unpleasant exhibitions, now a park with trophies, indicate that this state can continue in Azerbaijan for a very long time. "And this state cuts the connection of such countries with reality, giving them unattainable dreams. In this light, the exhibition in Baku has become another manifestation of the unwillingness to stop talking about victory, " he said.
On April 12, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev opened the "War Trophy Park" in Baku, where, along with the damaged Armenian equipment, the Armenian military are mockingly depicted, as well as the helmets of the fallen Armenian soldiers. Some of them are " chained to the guns by their commanders to prevent them from fleeing from the front."
According to the expert, the contradictory statements of the Azerbaijani leadership, which at the same time mentions the need for peace, unblocking communications and their supposedly historical territories, at least suggests that Baku today does not know what they actually want. At the same time, the very fact of repeated mention of "historical lands" - the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, in his opinion, should become an object of close attention of the international community.
In the light of the above, Yevseyev states that the latest manifestations of Armenophobia are evidence of the continuation of Azerbaijan's aggressive policy in the region. At the same time, Baku is trying to conclude a peace treaty with Yerevan in order to consolidate the results of the war and the results of possible geopolitical or internal political transformations recorded in the November 9 Truce Statement. "Azerbaijan considers the issue resolved and seeks to consolidate this decision on paper. Nevertheless, the existence of many contradictions, for example, the issue of the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, is more than obvious. And all this is the reason for long discussions and negotiations. I am personally convinced of the need to discuss and resolve all these problems as soon as possible. Otherwise, the unblocking of communications may be very problematic, and will not be of a full-fledged nature, "the Russian expert concluded.