Pashinyan's deceitfulness in Karabakh settlement
Analysis of controversial political statements of Armenian leadership on the Karabakh conflict settlement forces us to doubt desire of official Yerevan to somehow contribute to advancement of the peace process. It seems that Nikol Pashinyan and his team prefer to postpone important decisions on the Karabakh problem indefinitely, following the logic and methods of previous administration.
Spring of 2019 was supposed to be the time of breakthrough in the conflict settlement. This belief was supported by the Dushanbe agreements of September 2018, bilateral meetings between Foreign Ministries' heads in the winter of this year and, finally, long-awaited meeting between heads of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Vienna at the end of March. All meetings, without exception, were held in a positive atmosphere and parties each time emphasized their commitment to peaceful resolution of the problem. However, situation on the contact line unexpectedly worsened. By mid-April, there were numerous cases of violation of the cease-fire regime. It seemed that the Dushanbe and Vienna agreements were broken. However, the Moscow meeting between Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov, held on April 15, significantly reduced tensions, and thanks to that situation on the contact line has stabilized, but not for long.
On the eve of the Washington meeting between foreign ministers, information about another escalation and the death of Armenian and Azerbaijani soldiers leaked into media. As a result, the Washington meeting, like previous Moscow meeting, increased importance of mediators of the peace process, but in no way advanced the settlement process.
Pashinyan no longer has time for understanding the essence of negotiation process. Young Prime Minister, who is positioning himself as an opponent of the “Karabakh clan,” was expected to be something more than a basic representative of the previous authorities' rhetoric. Pashinyan continues to support separatist regime, and the Armenian side doesn't hide the fact that it actually unilaterally places tracking and deterrence mechanisms on the contact line. Destructive actions of Armenia before the meeting on June 20 in Washington left no doubt that authorities in Yerevan are hypocritical.
Circumstances surrounding the death of Azerbaijani and Armenian soldiers are looking even worse now after subsequent rewarding of Armenian armed forces by the Defense Minister of the Republic David Tonoyan for their “punitive operation”. Pashinyan always says that neither Armenia nor Nagorno-Karabakh want war, but they're also always trying to to shift responsibility to Baku, artificially continuing useless discussion about who violated the truce regime first.