ArmInfo. Despite radically different geopolitical approaches, Russia and the West are obviously ready to compromise on a need for unblocking transport links in the South Caucasus, expert in Azerbaijani studies Tatevik Hayrapetyan said in an interview with ArmInfo.
"In this context, the discussions on these processes following the 'corridor' logic during Russian FM Sergey Lavrov's visit to Armenia could well be part of the visit agenda. Questionable are the mentions of 'simplified communications' between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with both the negotiators mentioning the unacceptability of the corridor-extraterritorial logic in the ongoing processes. And theses questions have not so far been answered," she said.
The Russian FM arrived in Armenia on June 8. The following day, Sergey Lavrov held meetings with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan, Armenia's Premier Nikol Pashinyan, President Vahagn Khachaturyan. On June 10, the Russian FM is participating in a meeting of the CSTO Foreign Ministers' Council in Yerevan.
Amid the Ukraine developments, the Russian FM's visit is aimed at enabling Moscow to have its finger on the pulse of the South-Caucasus, as it is perfectly aware of the West's interest in the region in general an in Armenia in particular. So Moscow is seeking to oppose the U.S. and EU plans to reduce its, Moscow's, role in the regional processes and replace it.
"And the feature of Lavrov's statements in Yerevan was his statement on the solution to the problem of the Armenian village of Parukh as part of the border delimitation and demarcation process between Armenia and Azerbaijan. And this statement is in conflict with his own statement on a need to differentiate between the solution to the Atrsakh problem and delimitation and demarcation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. It should be noted that Baku views Lavrov's statement on Parukh as an anti-Azerbaijani one. And the Azerbaijani foreign office has issued a statement, mentioning the Russian peacekeepers' presence in Artsakh as 'temporary presence in Azerbaijan'," Ms Hayrapetyan said.