Interviews

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Hoeve Halbach: “Events in Georgia are of a ‘hybrid’ nature”

German expert on the Caucasus from the Berlin ‘Science and Politics” Foundation, professor Hoeve Halbach shared his view of the ongoing processes on the South and North Caucasus with a VK correspondent. The first part of the interview deals with issues of Georgian politics.

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Murad Etkin: Turkey has sufficient resources for independent policy

In the last 10 years Turkey experienced a great breakthrough in economic development, which defined the forming of its own view on the environment. The ruling party, headed by Premier Recep Erdogan, declared a new course to elimination of problems with neighbors and making Turkey one of the leading economies in the world. Close cooperation with Russia is one of priorities of new economy policy.

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Pinkhaz Avivi: “We embrace the potential of economic ties with the South Caucasus”

Pinkhaz Avivi is one of the most experienced and well-known Israeli diplomats. Ex-ambassador of Israel to Turkey, ex-deputy Foreign Minister, currently the head of the Caucasus and Central Asia Department under the Israeli Foreign Ministry, he is the first among Israeli experts in this field. Pinkhaz Avivi gave VK an interview touching upon the Israeli political course regarding the Caucasian region.

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Vage Avetyan on forming of ideology of the ruling party of Armenia

Difficult dialogue between the authorities and the opposition in Armenia is not effective. Criticism of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia becomes heavier. One of its first members, the Armenian writer Vage Avetyan, who migrated to Sweden, told VK about circumstances of foundation of the party in 1990 and transformation of its ideology.-    What ideas were basic for RPA when it was founded? Were there other ideas along with national liberation ones?

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Richard Kirakosyan: “Today Russia, the US and Europe expect actions from Ankara, not Yerevan”

 Richard Kirakosyan, the head of the Regional Research Center, tells VK about the prospects for the Armenian-Turkish process and the role of the US and Russia in it. - Armenian-Turkish relations are at the focus of international attention now, but there are very few who are ready to comment on the prospects for rapprochement between the two countries. Do you think Armenia is pre-disposed to it?

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Vladimir Yevseyev: CSTO cannot be used for settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Last week two important events devoted to settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were held in Moscow. The director of the Russian Centre of Social and Political Research, Vladimir Yevseyev, commented on effectiveness of approaches suggested in these discussions in the interview to VK.-    Recently presentation of the book Conceptual basics of recovery of the post-conflict territories of Azerbaijan has taken place. What do you think about such approach of Azerbaijan: a recovery plan of the regions, which are occupied at the moment?

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Bakhruz Abdolvand: Turkish society will be turning to Islam more and more

 Expert on the countries of the Caspian region and Central Asia, Doctor of the Free University of Berlin, Bakhruz Abdolvand, has given an expanded interview to the head of the VK European bureau, Orkhan Sattarov. We publish the second part of the interview devoted the policies of Turkey and Iran concerning their neighbouring countries.

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Vladimir Yevseyev: Russia won’t give up on Bashar Assad

Last week was rich in important events: discussions on American radar deployment in Turkey, Russia and China vetoing the UN resolution on Syria, the first visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to the South Caucasus, new developments in the Turkish-Israeli conflict. Vladimir Yevseyev, Director of the Russian Center for Socio-Political Studies, agreed to comment on these events for VK.

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Levon Mukanyan: "The separation is being artificially imposed '

Recently, Moscow State University hosted a round-table discussion on "Twenty yearsof independence of the Republic of Armenia: toward the development ofArmenian-Russian relations." The Vice President of the Union of Armenians ofRussia for Social Development and Youth Affairs, Levon Mukanyan, expressedhis point of view on these processes in an interview with VK.

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Reconciliation between Armenia and Turkey is possible only through talks, imposed protocols won’t help - Ashot Manucharyan

The Turkish parliament decided to send the ratification of the so-called Zurich protocols back to its agenda. Despite the fact that this return was dictated by parliament’s formal procedure, Armenian experts paid a great deal of attention to this event. Ex-adviser of Armenian President on national policy, Ashot Manuchan, answered VK’s questions on the topic.

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Robert Ilatov: “We don’t have a quarrel with the Turkish people…”

Israel is now entering the period of autumn religious festivals, when all other life in the country stands still for a month. Nevertheless, one Israeli MP, the member of the Israeli-Azerbaijani relations parliamentary group Robert Ilatov, agreed to give an interview to Vestnik Kavkaza. He commented on the prospects for development of Azerbaijani-Israeli relations and the possible effect of the Israeli-Turkish crisis on them.- Mr Ilatov, how would you characterize the level of current Israeli-Azerbaijani ties?

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Eduard Shevarnadze: “Georgians and Abkhazians should find a compromise”

 - Eduard Amvrosiyevich, all these years after the war in Abkhazia ended the society is trying to find out whether it was possible to prevent it or not…- One should bear in mind that the situation was very hard. Former President Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s supports almost each day blew up railroads and bridges, attacked trains.

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Tamerlan Gadzhiyev: “Dagestan needs an exit strategy to avert crisis”

'The Social and Economic Development Strategy for Dagestan until 2025’ is widely discussed in Makhachkala. Prominent experts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Yegor Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy and  the International Center for Social and Economic Studies contributed to the formation of this strategy. Doctor of History and Professor of Dagestani State University Tamerlan Gadzhiyev told our VK correspondent about his attitude to the document.

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