Nikol Pashinyan, Vladimir Putin. Photo by Tigran Petrosyan for the "Caucasian Knot"; photo by the press service of Russian President Kremlin.ru

02 November 2020, 14:39

Pashinyan's request for help highlights Russia's difficult geopolitical position

The Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's request to help Armenia has forced Kremlin to balance between its allied obligations and the unwillingness to become a party to the Karabakh conflict with the risk of aggravating relations with Turkey, political analysts believe.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev, at a meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister, has treated Pashinyan's letter to Putin as an admission of defeat, the "Sputnik Azerbaijan" reports.

For more news on the Karabakh conflict escalation, see: 'Karabakh: a Good War Or a Bad Peace' section.

By turning to Russian President, Pashinyan took an extreme step, which not only puts Moscow in a difficult position, but may also have consequences for the political future of Pashinyan himself, said Sergey Stankevich, an expert at the Anatoly Sobchak Foundation, writes the "Kommersant".

In his opinion, the best thing that Pashinyan could do now is to resign and transfer the power to the military council.

Russia's direct interference in the Karabakh conflict will deprive it of the right to act as a key mediator between the parties, said Andrei Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council.

Russia needs no war in Nagorno-Karabakh "in any of its manifestations now," Konstantin Sivkov, First Vice-President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, is convinced, the "Free Press" reports.

Let us remind you that Pashinyan has proposed to place Russian peacemakers in the Karabakh conflict zone.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 2, 2020 at 10:51 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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