Russian political analyst Alexei Mukhin: “In response to the armament of Azerbaijan, Russia is arming Armenia”

Russian political analyst Alexei Mukhin: “In response to the armament of Azerbaijan, Russia is arming Armenia”
# 19 February 2013 15:26 (UTC +04:00)

Moscow. Farid Akberov – APA. “In response to the armament of Azerbaijan, Russia is arming Armenia,” said director general of the Political Information Center of Russia, political analyst Alexei Mukhin in his interview with APA’s Moscow correspondent.

According to him, Russia is providing Armenia with weapons to maintain armament balance in the region: “This step is a response to Azerbaijan’s armament. Russia is trying to achieve armament balance in the South Caucasus. Azerbaijan is providing its army with modern weapons. Russia and Armenia are represented in Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Armenia is being armed within the cooperation in this organization. If Armenia were not a member of CSTO, Russia would hardly take this step, because Russia knows very well the adverse effect of arming one of the conflicting parties. Therefore, arming Armenia doesn’t cast doubt upon Russia’s mediation in the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh.”

There is no political guarantee that Russia will support Armenia if the war starts in Nagorno Karabakh. If the war starts in Nagorno Karabakh, Russia will pass decisions taking into account current situation. Russia’s military base in Armenia is under the control of the Russian government. If the war starts in Nagorno Karabakh, the forces in Gyumri will act under the order of Russia, not of Armenia.

Mukhin has also commented on the current Russia-Azerbaijan relations. He said that the relations between the two countries are neither warm nor cold: “Both Azerbaijan and Russia are acting within their interests. In this stage, the two countries’ interests do not coincide. But it doesn’t mean that the relations between the two countries will become tense in the future and cause a conflict.”

Asked if something new can be expected in the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during Serzh Sargsyan's second term, Mukhin said: “Unfortunately, Serzh Sargsyan’s re-election will bring nothing new to the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh. The negotiations towards the settlement of the conflict will more likely remain unchanged. It would be naive to expect any changes in the settlement of the conflict in the near future, because the positions of the two countries in the process of negotiations are quite different. The countries mediating in the settlement of the conflict – the US, Russia and France are satisfied with the current state. Unfortunately, the mediating countries are not interested in solving the conflict with current terms, because they understand well that the settlement of the conflict is possible through war. War favors none of these countries.”

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