ArmInfo. Azerbaijan's current task is clear: complete de- Armenianization of Artsakh. And tightening the ring round Artsakh and Berdzor, with the adjacent villages, is seriously facilitating the implementation of Baku's plans, expert in Azerbaijani studies Tatevik Hayrapetyan said in an interview with ArmInfo.
"In this context, I believe that resolving the problem and putting up barriers to Baku's plans requires extraordinary thinking and decisions, and, of course, ideologists that would break the chain of agreements reached behind Armenian society, regardless of who the parties to the agreements are," she said.
The current trends round Artsakh are obviously unfavorable to the Armenian people, as the surrender of the Lachin corridor to Azerbaijan will create serious problems for Armenia-Artsakh communication, which, in turn, will afford Baku further opportunities for pressuring Armenia, whereas uncertainty is reigning in Armenia. The Armenian authorities are cut off from reality, which only highlights Baku's coherent actions, particularly those of its propaganda, which is continuing efforts to cause panic in Armenia, says Ms Hayrapetyan.
Since Baku is aware of its successful propaganda, the expert does not rule out further military provocations in Artsakh and along the border with Armenia. And with the Armenian authorities not taking any reasonable steps to enhance the country's security over the last two years has only given impetus to Baku's militant rhetoric.
"It is clear that, taken together, all these factors are leaving Armenia and Artsakh with no alternative but to put up with Azerbaijan's aggressive policy, though Aliyev goes on casting 'a mist of peace' before the eyes of the world and mediators. Creeping warfare is taking place against the Armenian people. And Yerevan's only response is inaction and fueling uncertainty, which necessitates proposing ideas and decisions of a new quality for the simple reason that we cannot continue like this," Mr Hayrapetyan said.
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