Russian peacemakers in Nagorno-Karabakh. Photo by the press service of the Ministry of Defence of Russia https://mil.ru/russian_peacekeeping_forces.htm

07 August 2021, 11:27

Russian peacemakers are the only guarantor of status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Nagorno-Karabakh Army is unable to fulfil its functions, since it has lost a significant part of its military equipment, Tigran Grigoryan, a political analyst, has noted. It is beneficial for Armenia to attract UN or OSCE peacemakers to the region, but Russia is hindering this, Naira Airumyan, a political observer, believes. Russian peacemakers do not allow Azerbaijan to take control over the entire Karabakh, Russian experts have noted.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Russian peacemakers are ensuring the safety of residents of the Karabakh villages bordering on Azerbaijan. Thus, on June 10, at the request of residents of the village of Chartar in the Martuni District, they began guarding them during their agricultural work in the fields.

The presence of Russian troops in Karabakh must be permanent, since the region will not be able to ensure security on its own, said Arayik Arutyunyan, the president of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the "Sputnik Armenia" reports.

A significant part of Karabakh has become a frontline zone, which is extremely difficult to defend in wartime, said Tigran Grigoryan, a Karabakh political analyst. In his opinion, the Armed Forces of Armenia are also in a state of crisis, while Azerbaijan continues arming itself and improving the results of its military victory.

Russian peacemakers should not be the only defence of Karabakh people, said Naira Airumyan, the editor of the "Lragir.am". In her words, France could help in the issue of OSCE troops, but Armenia does not appeal to this country, because "Russia does not allow it."

Russia is not interested in expanding Azerbaijan's influence in the region and fears a conflict escalation, said Kamran Gasanov, an expert at the Russian Council for International Affairs.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 6, 2021 at 08:36 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Armine Martirosyan, Magomed Tuayev Source: CK correspondents

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