Breitbart: "Aggravation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a threat to the whole region"
The US publication Breitbart says that the aggravation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a threat to the whole region. The centuries-old confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan has grown into a bloody war since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. After the ceasefire in 1994, Armenia occupied several regions of Azerbaijan, including the area in the heart of Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh. Despite the fact that both parties had lived in relative peace for decades, more than 600 thousand ethnic Azeris and 300 thousand Armenians were forced to flee the combat zone, and today the population on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is about 100 thousand people.
The fears of analysts that the frozen conflict could escalate into serious hostilities were confirmed on Saturday, when the most violent collision of the parties since 1994 occurred.
The word ‘Karabakh’ is of Turkic origin and means ‘black garden’. At the international level Nagorno-Karabakh is considered part of the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan, but its Armenian inhabitants call themselves citizens of the Republic of Artsakh. The territory has its own flag, international airport, police and armed forces, even though Armenian military personnel are on the borders.
The conflict broke out during the Nuclear Summit in Washington DC, after the President of Armenia and the President of Azerbaijan met separately with the US Vice President Joe Biden. However, despite this, the US is extremely passive in commenting on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, in contrast to Russia, which actively contributes to a search for a peaceful solution to the military conflict.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are one of the most militarized countries in the world. Both countries have high-tech military equipment. That is why there is a possibility of the conflict escalating. On Saturday there was already the most serious outbreak of hostilities since the time of the ceasefire, and the beginning of the conflict could destabilize the entire Middle East, because in addition to Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey could be involved in the conflict.
A ceasefire declared unilaterally by Azerbaijan can bring results if all the parties in any way involved in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh will make the necessary efforts to find a peaceful settlement to the protracted crisis.
The US analytical publication Business Insider writes that the worst is behind for the Russian economy. The latest data of the economic indicators suggest that the peak of the crisis has successfully been overcome. According to the records of the State Statistics Service, Russia's economy shrank by 3.8% compared to the fourth quarter of last year. This implies that the annualized provided drop by 4.1% is bigger than it is today.
The key to the sharp drop in GDP in the 4th quarter last year was the reduction in the consumer sector. At the moment, the situation in the consumer market is relatively stable and even shows signs of improvement. In addition, the decline in investment in fixed assets decreased in comparison with the previous year by 5.3%, while exports rose by 9.8%.
Economic indicators suggest that Russia is likely to survive the crisis peak, and gradually increase the economic turnover. The reason for the improved performance was the effective internal policy of import substitution and relationships with new partners and states.