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 Wednesday, January 19 2022 13:03
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Artsakh FM considers start of new war in Karabakh conflict zone  unlikely at this stage

Artsakh FM considers start of new war in Karabakh conflict zone  unlikely at this stage

ArmInfo.No one can guarantee that there will be no new war in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. This cannot be guaranteed. Artsakh Foreign Minister David Babayan  stated this on January 19 during a press conference in Stepanakert  when asked to assess the threats of Azerbaijani President Ilham  Aliyev to unleash a third war. But, the chief diplomat of Artsakh  continued, there is a possibility of a war, but in this context, it  is very small.

"Why? Firstly, an official, large-scale attack on Armenia, I do not  mean various kinds of provocations organized by the Azerbaijani side  on the border, will actually mean an attack on the CSTO, and cannot  go unnoticed. We saw the latest events in Kazakhstan, and the first  kind of reaction of this kind from the CSTO. That is, an attack on  Armenia would mean an attack on the CSTO, at least on Russia. This is  about Armenia, especially if there is also support from Turkey. As  for Artsakh, as you know, peace and stability are maintained here,  including by the Russian peacekeeping contingent. That is, an attack  on Artsakh automatically means an attack on the Russian peacekeeping  contingent, and again, on Russia. In this context, it will already be  another war", the NKR Foreign Minister said, once again emphasizing  that this will no longer be a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan and  Artsakh and Azerbaijan.

The diplomat believes that Azerbaijan is unlikely to understand this.  Based on the abovementioned, according to Babayan, at this stage, the  start of large-scale hostilities is unlikely.

At the same time, the head of the NKR Foreign Ministry is convinced  that if the Islamists and pan-Turkists achieved their goals in  Kazakhstan, then the probability of starting a quarter war would be  one hundred percent. "And now this probability is very small",  he  summed up. 


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