Interviews

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Hoeve Halbach: “Meeting points of conflict environments in the North and South Caucasus are clearer”

 German expert on the Caucasus from the Berlin ‘Science and Politics” Foundation, Professor Hoeve Halbach, shared his view of the ongoing processes in the South and North Caucasus with a VK correspondent. The last part of the interview is devoted to problems of the North Caucasus and connection of processes in the North and South Caucasus.- Mr. Halbach, what can you say about the situation in the North Caucasus and its influence on the South Caucasus?

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Aram Karapetyan: “Most efficient direction for Armenia is pro-Russian”

On November 18th, the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed a declaration on Eurasian economy integration – a road map of the integration process, which is aimed at establishing of the Eurasian Economic Union. The opposition politician, the leader of the Armenian party New Times, Aram Karapetyan, told VK about prospects of Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Union with common political, economic, military, customs, humanitarian and cultural space.

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Georgian Revolution was unsuccessful - Erosi Kitsmarishvili

Eight years have passed since the Revolution of Roses. The leaders of the revolution no longer seem united. Former prime minister Zurab Zhvania is dead, former parliamentary speaker Nino Burdzhanadze oppose incumbent President Mikheil Saakashvili and Erosi Kitsmarishvili, former owner off the Rustavi-2 TV channel had immigrated to the United States, but soon returned to struggle against 'Saakashvili's autocratic regime'.

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German expert on the Caucasus from the Berlin ‘Science and Politics” Foundation, Professor Hoeve Halbach, shared his view of the ongoing processes in the South and North Caucasus with a VK correspondent. The third part of the interview touches upon the situation in Armenia and the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.-  Mr. Halbach, how can you comment on the series of resignations of top officials in Armenia?

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Robert Tivyayev: “Relations with Turkey are stabilizing”

Robert Tivyayev is an Israeli MP and the head of an Israel-Turkey parliamentary committee. Despite the fact that the committee’s operations are temporarily suspended, Tivyayev hasn’t abandoned his attempts to contribute to the normalization of the relations between the two countries. Tivyayev agreed to share his point of view on the conflict and the current state of Israeli-Turkish relations with a VK correspondent.

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Ruben Safrastyan: “Arab countries have to use Turkish help”

The head of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, professor Ruben Safrastyan, told VK his views on recent geopolitical changes in the Middle East, their reasons and consequences.-       How can the developments in the Middle East and possible Islamization of the countries covered by the Arab revolutions influence Armenia, which is situated in the unstable region?

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Hoeve Halbach: “Azerbaijan’s multi-vectored policy is logical”

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. Today we publish the second part of the interview, touching upon the EU energy policy in the South Caucasian region as well as the foreign politics strategy of Azerbaijan.

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A month ago Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin proposed the idea of establishing the Eurasian Union. In political and expert circles of the former Soviet republics this initiative caused various reactions – from relevance of establishing such union to expressing empire ambitions of Russia. The political scientist, the head of the institute Caucasus Alexander Iskandaryan answers questions by VK on prospects of Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Union.-    What are advantages and disadvantages of Armenia’s membership in this union?

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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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