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 Tuesday, May 11 2021 13:17
David Stepanyan

Political scientist: Winds are gradually changing around Artsakh

Political scientist: Winds are gradually changing around Artsakh

ArmInfo. Visits of the head of the Russian FM Sergey Lavrov to Yerevan and Baku is conditioned by Moscow's desire to implement agreements achieved with its active  mediated arrangement and not allow to violate them. As their  violation will inflict a significant blow to the image of Russia. A  similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by the head of the  Analytical Center for Globalization and Regional Cooperation,  political scientist Stepan Grigoryan.

"At the same time, some of the accents set by Lavrov in the course of  his Yerevan statements following the results of the meeting with his  Armenian counterpart Ara Aivazian, allow us to speak of a certain  change in the situation in the settlement of the Artsakh problem. In  particular, thanks to the harsh criticism of Azerbaijan in the issue  of Armenian prisoners, thanks to the MG's "return", both Moscow and  Baku are again forced to reckon with the opinion of Yerevan. All this  leads to a change in the winds blowing around this issue, "he said.

According to the political scientist, translated from the diplomatic  language, Lavrov's mention of the OSCE MG only in his answers to  journalists' questions, but not during his speech at the Yerevan  press conference, means that the discussion of the issue of Artsakh's  status within the OSCE MG is still not among Moscow's priorities. ...  At the same time, Russia has already softened its own rhetoric on  this issue, which is already a positive factor.

The political scientist explains such changes by Russia's inability  to resist the activation of the OSCE Minsk Group and the return of  the United States and France to the region. And, despite Moscow's  non- readiness for a political settlement of the Artsakh problem  within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, the public part of the  communication between the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Russia  allows us to speak about the absence of any pressure from Moscow on  Yerevan on this issue.

"Russia cannot ignore the fact that partly the question of the need  to determine the status of Artsakh has already been put into  circulation by the United States and France. And the discussion of  the status issue is already a fact. However, we need to consistently  and persistently seek the resumption of negotiations on the status  within the framework of the Minsk Group. Moscow, let's say, not over  enthusiastic about this, but after all, the same deblocking of the  region cannot be carried out in the conditions of keeping our  prisoners in Azerbaijan. And we need to clearly and consistently  state this, "Grigoryan summed up.


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