Expert: Baku decides to deal with Karabakh while Russia is busy with special military operation

05.08.2022, Baku.

Azerbaijan has taken advantage of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine to resolve the Karabakh issue, leading expert of the Center for Military Political Studies of the Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs Mikhail Aleksandrov said, REGNUM news agency

“Azerbaijan is trying to use as much as possible the current situation, when Russia has its hands tied by its special operation in Ukraine. This is why Baku understands that Russia is unlikely to deploy a major contingent in Nagorny Karabakh if a serious war starts there,” the expert said.

He believes that these circumstances will help Azerbaijan permanently resolve the Nagorny Karabakh issue if it presents the entire situation in Nagorny Karabakh in a way that it is not Azerbaijan’s fault, but instead it suffered aggression from the Armenian side.

After that, Azerbaijan will blame Armenia for violating the trilateral statement made by Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan on November 9, 2020, which will be a perfect excuse to start hostilities in Nagorny Karabakh, Aleksandrov explained.

“As our peacekeeping contingent there is quite weak in number and in weapons, it ill not be able to counteract. It will simply be blocked, and the entire Nagorny Karabakh will be occupied,” the expert concluded.

The situation in Nagorny Karabakh escalated on August 1. The Azerbaijani army made an attempt to cross the contact line with Nagorny Karabakh, but the provocations were stopped by the Artsakh Defense Army.

On August 3, the Azerbaijani army continued its aggression using drones, mortars, and grenade launchers. Injured and victims have been reported on both sides.

It is noteworthy that the international community reacted to the escalation in Karabakh; in certain instances, a common address was sent to the Armenian and the Azerbaijani sides urging them to stop the hostilities in the region, which faced indignation in both Armenia and Nagorny Karabakh. The foreign minister of Nagorny Karabakh said that it was intolerable to equally treat the aggressor and the side suffering the aggression, and he called for addressed statements to be made.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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