ArmInfo.on around the processes in the South Caucasus. This was stated by Konstantin Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, during the Moscow-Tehran video bridge on the topic: "South Caucasus: interests of Russia and Iran."
According to the Russian MP, both Russia and Iran expressed their concern about the consequences of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in the fall of 2020, and current events in the Caucasus, including Azerbaijan's attempts to destabilize the situation in Transcaucasia.
According to him, there is an understanding that Azerbaijan is an important regional player today, but there is also an understanding that in the current realities, the Azerbaijani side is trying to achieve all its goals. Zatulin recalled that Iran had clearly expressed its principled position on the current situation in the region, emphasizing the inadmissibility of changing the borders of the countries of the region.
Zatulin also noted the inadmissibility of Azerbaijan's attempts to get a corridor through the sovereign territory of Armenia through pressure and taking advantage of the situation.
"We also note the desire of Western countries to take advantage of the situation in the Caucasus in order to change the foreign policy vector of the Caucasian countries - Armenia and Azerbaijan. The West achieves success, including because of the actions of the Russian side.
In turn, Expert on the Caucasus region, Head of the Caucasus Studies Institute at the University of Tehran Jafar Khashe noted that the Syunik region of Armenia is important for the United States, since the region is close to Iran. According to him, the processes in the Caucasus can be of key importance in terms of further developments in Central Asia. "The Syunik region of Armenia plays a key role in this game. It must be understood that the winner in this regional battle will then have influence in other regions," he said, emphasizing the importance of focusing on the trips of various foreign military personnel to this region.
In this vein, Khashe urged to pay attention to the "invisible hands" that are trying to connect Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan through the Armenian territories. According to him, the supporters of the Great Turan, including Turkey and Great Britain, put pressure and influence on the current processes in the region. The expert also urged to pay attention to the fact that NATO, represented by Turkey, is currently building a large base on Mount Ararat. "Why is it? There is no answer. We believe that its goal is to spy on the Russian military base on the territory of Armenia. This suggests that they have big plans here," the Iranian analyst noted, recalling that the United States does not consider each region in separately, they are all interconnected for them. The expert expressed his conviction that against the background of these processes, Russia and Iran should intensify their relations in order to create a balance in the region. "Given that Russia is busy in Ukraine, Iran can provide its assistance in this matter," he said, adding that the blockade of the Lachin corridor is an inhuman step. In his opinion, the Iranian peacekeepers can assist the Russian ones in stabilizing the current situation around Nagorno-Karabakh and preventing a possible escalation.