ArmInfo. Describing its own advance in the direction of the village of Parukh as a "clarification of positions", Baku simultaneously demands the withdrawal of all Armenian military presence from Artsakh.
The latter shows Azerbaijan's desire to carry out ethnic cleansing in Artsakh, expelling the indigenous population from there. Former Armenian Parliament member, Expert in Azerbaijani studies Tatevik Hayrapetyan expressed such an opinion to ArmInfo.
"Dearmenization of Artsakh is a long-standing goal of Azerbaijan, which it has been trying to achieve since the 90s of the last century. Today, this goal is accompanied by the understanding that if Artsakh is left without an Armenian population, then Russian peacekeepers will simply have nothing to do there. In this way, Baku really hopes to close the Artsakh issue for itself. It is for this purpose that the blocking of the gas pipeline in Artsakh, the creation of socio-economic problems for the people of Artsakh, military provocations, manifestations of aggression are determined. All this is aimed at ensuring that our compatriots cannot feel safe even in the presence of Russian peacekeepers," she stressed.
The expert also expressed confidence in the influence of the Ukrainian situation on what is happening in March in Artsakh. In this light, Hayrapetyan is convinced that if Moscow is really interested in maintaining its own presence not only in Artsakh, but in the entire South Caucasus, it should immediately respond to Baku's attempts at creeping aggression and expansion. If not a military response, then at least create opportunities for the NKR Defense Army to ensure the security of the people of Artsakh. Accompanying these actions by voicing clear political assessments of Baku's actions.
According to Hayrapetyan, the current negotiations with the participation of Russian peacekeepers to resolve the situation in Artsakh do not produce results due to the lack of clear, targeted assessments of the situation by Moscow. The latter, in turn, the expert connects with the situation in Ukraine and around Ukraine, in particular, with the Turkish factor, Ankara's mediation efforts in the negotiations between Moscow and Kiev. In other words, the passivity of the Russian Federation in the Artsakh direction, among other things, is due to the unwillingness to create additional tension in relations with Turkey.
"Thus, regardless of our fully justified and well-reasoned expectations from Russian peacekeepers, first of all, we must rely on ourselves to protect our own interests and ensure our own security. Especially considering that all recent actions of Baku are logically directed, including against Russia. And I do not see at all how Moscow benefits from the "Parukh deal" with Baku, in which many accuse it. In fact, Russia only loses from all this, the effectiveness of its peacekeeping mission is called into question, as a result, the ability to resolve issues in the Caucasus, not to mention the emerging anti-Russian sentiments in the Armenian society, even in its Artsakh part," the expert summed up.