Russia does not need new tensions in South Caucasus – experts
Many experts have been predicting conflicts between the US, Israel and Iran these days. The same concerns the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, where violations of the ceasefire are frequent.
Alexey Vlasov, Editor-in-Chief of Vestnik Kavkaza, says that there are reasons to worry indeed, but the Russian government, unlike experts, is monitoring the situation attentively without coming to hasty conclusions.
Vlasov says that the price for leasing the Qabala radar is a totally different topic and there are no pre-decided negative tendencies in the issue. Moreover, the statements by some experts, saying that Moscow wants to use Guba lezgins and Zakatalsk avarians to pressurize Azerbaijan, seem strange.
The methods used by Washington in the Middle East, the South Caucasus and Central Asia should not be associated with Russian diplomacy, as stated by Ismail Agakishiyev, head of the Center for Caucasus Studies of the Russian State University for the Humanities. Moscow is more interested in President Ilham Aliyev’s efforts to maintain stability in the region during the elections in 2013, the expert believes.