(ARKA) Escalation of clashes, shootouts and sabotage raids in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone into an all-out war is unacceptable to Russia, a Russian political analyst Sergey Markedonov told Novosti-Armenia news agency. According to the defense ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, on February 25, Azerbaijani forces carried out two attacks at the Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact in the direction of Martakert and Akna. Karabakh forces were said to have successfully repelled the strike, with no casualties reported. […]
"Russia does not want new risks in its near abroad and can not give the parties to the conflict a surge of will to achieve a compromised settlement," he said.
According to him, Russia will be taking some effort to keep the situation under control, but it certainly will not try to replace Armenia or Azerbaijan.
"This is an important point that the parties should have in mind. Russia will certainly take steps, including stringent steps if there is a situation threatening its interests, pushing it out of the peace process or minimizing its political participation. If it does not happen, Russia’s position will be roughly the same as in April of last year,’ said Markedonov. […]
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