ArmInfo. By its actions in the direction of Syunik and Gegharkunik, Azerbaijan is trying to put pressure on Armenia and Russia to speed up the solution of the Southern Corridor. A specialist on the Caucasus, Vadim Dubnov expressed this opinion in an interview with an ArmInfo correspondent.
According to the expert, what is happening now is absolutely undesirable for the current government headed by the acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who somehow managed to force the country to come to terms with the situation. Dubnov believes that by such actions, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is trying to get what he could not bargain for in the negotiations.
He stated that just a week ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was in Yerevan, then he was in Baku and, apparently, the key issue of the backstage talks was the issue of prisoners of war. "Azerbaijan failed to get what it wanted and apparently decided to put pressure on," Dubnov said.
At the same time, the expert is not sure that the Azerbaijani forces will return to their original positions. "I am not sure that they will leave, since there are no real maps. But from this point of view, the Azerbaijanis are playing a sharp game, since they have the same problem with Georgia today. But, apparently, the Azerbaijani authorities have decided to take this step on the rise," noted Dubnov. At the same time, he believes that in this way Azerbaijan also rushes Armenia to carry out the demarcation and delimitation of the border, which the Armenian side is now avoiding in every possible way. Dubnov stated that by a similar method, for example, the Russians are operating in South Ossetia in order to force Tbilisi to start demarcation work.
It should be noted that on May 12, a group of Azerbaijani soldiers consisting of 150-200 people illegally entered the territory of the Syunik region of the Republic of Armenia, and having advanced 3.5 km into the depths of the country, they are trying to gain a foothold at Lake Sevlich. Since May 12, negotiations have been held between the parties, but the issue has not yet been resolved. The Armenian authorities confirmed this fact only on the night of May 13 during a meeting of the Security Council. The military prosecutor's office instructed the military police to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the incident to prepare materials. Meanwhile, on the evening of May 13, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces tried to ensure positional advances in the direction of Sisian and Vardenis. Yesterday in the evening, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia informed about the presence of 240-250 Azerbaijani soldiers on the territory of the Republic of Armenia and instructed to hold consultations for the relevant responsible persons to apply for help to the CSTO.