Russian military expert: Armenia must liberate occupied territories of Azerbaijan

Russian military expert: Armenia must liberate occupied territories of Azerbaijan
# 05 February 2015 15:20 (UTC +04:00)

Moscow. Farid Akbarov - APA. “The tension in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijani-Armenian border is temporary”, said Chairman of the Council of PIR Center (Center for Policy Studies), Lieutenant-General in reserve Evgeny Buzhinsky told APA’s Moscow correspondent.

He said that there will be no war between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

“The conflict between the two countries continues for more than 20 years. I think it is high time to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But war is not the way for resolution. Armenia must liberate occupied territories of Azerbaijan,” he stressed.

The military expert mentioned that Russia is in a desperate situation regarding the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “Russia's position on this issue is not clear. Armenia is an ally of Russia, and Azerbaijan is a strategically important partner for Russia. Russia hopes that Azerbaijan and Armenia will come to an agreement”, he said.

Explaining how much the West is interested in the NK settlement, Buzhinsky said the main issue for the West is not to allow any military operation to start in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“The West does not want a new war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The US seeks to preserve the status quo in the region. The Armenian lobby, which is strong in the United States and Europe, plays a big role in this respect, sometimes even proving able to exert political pressure on western governments. Remember that Azerbaijan’s energy resources too are vital for the West. The US views Azerbaijan as well as the whole South Caucasus region as an alternative that can provide Europe with energy resources. That is why the West is interested in maintaining the status quo in the region. In short, the US does not support a military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he completed.

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