ArmInfo.At this stage of the situation in relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the complete, final lifting of a blockade of Armenia, in my opinion, seems impossible. Alexander Skakov, coordinator of a working group of the Central Asia and Caucasus Studies Center of the Institute of Oriental Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"I think that all interested parties, including Yerevan, understand this. Perhaps it will be possible to arrange cargo transportation, I do not see any other options. In general, Armenia has a lot of problems today. In particular, the geopolitical situation around the country looks very difficult. It is also important to emphasize that in the context of the discussion of issues related to the lifting of a blockade, security is equally important," he stressed. According to Skakov, Yerevan is trying to take steps towards the restoration of the work of the OSCE Minsk Group. However, despite the haste in this matter, Armenian efforts in this direction do not receive sufficient support from the international community, which, among other things, is due to the difficult geopolitical situation around Armenia.
According to the expert, Baku, in turn, at this stage has focused its efforts on reaching a peace agreement with Yerevan, as it imagines it. And it is through the conclusion of this agreement that Azerbaijan, according to Skakov, will try to resolve all its problems. Including the problem of establishing communications with Turkey. And today it is trying to squeeze the maximum out of his own superiority, achieved as a result of last year's war. "In general, , during the last meeting with Prime Minister Pashinyan the essence of the current situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan and its possible prospects was practically reflected in one phrase of Russian President Putin. In the context of resolving acute, painful issues, he emphasized the importance of Pashinyan's obtaining a vote of confidence in the early elections. In my opinion, this phrase reflects a whole system of interrelated problems between Armenia and Azerbaijan, "the expert emphasized.