Zatulin: Nagorno-Karabakh to be Recognized Sooner or Later - 2007

Deputy Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Konstantin Zatulin has made similar comments regarding Artsakh in the past, so have many other Russian politicians and experts as a matter of fact. Zatulin's expressed sentiments, surprisingly candid as they are, reflect what I and many others like me have been saying for many years now; namely that it is in Russia's national interest to maintain a strong Armenia/Artsakh as a buffer state against Turkish, Western and Iranian encroachment into the Caucasus. In my opinion, his sentiments are exactly what Russian officials (the patriotic/nationalist one's, at the very least) are thinking in the Kremlin today, despite diplomatic talk that may sometimes suggest otherwise. His sentiments regarding Armenia also accurately reflect what is happening on the ground today. What's more, saying what he said, if he did say it, required a lot of courage (and political calculation) on his part because such talk dangerously deviates from sound diplomatic discourse. Nonetheless, in the world's current and foreseeable geopolitical climate Yerevan has no other option but to fully and unconditionally serve Moscow. As painful as this realization may be for some, it's that simple. To put this all in better perspective, compare what Zatulin (a very high ranking Russian official in Moscow) has supposedly said to what American/European officials have been saying regarding Armenia/Artsakh for years. Compare the political, economic, technical and military assistance Armenia gets from Russia to the pocket change that is thrown at Armenia by the West. Let's not fool ourselves here, the bottom line is Armenia/Artsakh exists today as a nation state due to Armenia's close relationship with the Russian Federation. Without a strong Russian representation in the Caucasus there simply can't be an Armenia...




Nagorno-Karabakh will come to recognition sooner or later. Karabakh will not return within Azerbaijan’’, Konstantin Zatulin, the deputy Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Director of the Institute of CIS Studies, stated in the course of a news conference held at the Novosti Press Center today. According to Zatulin, Azerbaijanis are also aware of the fact. However, in his words, the Azerbaijani politicians cannot exceed the established limits. Nevertheless, presenting, in his words, Russia’s official stand, Zatulin noted that Russia was not ready to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence, especially taking into consideration that Armenia had not done it yet. ‘’However, my own stand is as follows: it is possible not to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh de jure as much as one likes, however, it de facto exists’’, Konstantin Zatulin noted. At that, in Konstantin Zatulin’s words, no one can prove that nations’ right to self-determination yields priority to territorial integrity’s principle. Zatulin is sure that the final word rests with people, if they consistently display their will.

Armenia Should First Recognize Karabakh’s Independence, Russian Expert Says

Armenia’s position is that Karabakh should be independent, a Russian expert said. “It’s another matter whether NK will join Armenia as a confederation or function as an independent state,” said Mikhail Alexandrov, head of the Caucasus department at the Institute of CIS studies. As a matter of fact, we have a similar situation as in case in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, according to him. “The Karabakh problem, against the West’s wishes, will not be resolved, since Serzh Sargsyan will stand firmly in defense of national interests of the Armenian people. Watching Russia’s position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Armenia will urge Russia to smooth its position on Karabakh. However, Russia expects Armenia to be the first to recognize independence of Nagorno Karabakh,” Alexandrov said.


President of Armenia: "Nagorno Karabakh problem can not have a solution, envisioning degradation of the present status of Nagorno Karabakh people"

"People of Nagorno Karabakh has won its right for independence and Nagorno Karabakh problem can not have a solution, envisioning degradation of present status of Nagorno Karabakh people", said President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan during the meeting with Armenian community of Russia, which took place in the framework of official visit of the President to Moscow on June 23. Serzh Sargsyan told the community representatives that during the meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev the sides agreed to continue talks in the framework of the document, which includes all basic principles of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. "Nagorno Karabakh has never been part of Azerbaijan. It was transferred to the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan by illegal decision of the party body, explaining that this step will help spread ideas of October revolution and communism in the Islamic East", noted Serzh Sargsyan.


Russia’s Foreign Minister: Nagorno Karabakh Conflict Has no Military Solution

Baku. Lachin Sultanova-APA. “Nagorno Karabakh conflict has no military solution,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after meting with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Moscow, APA reports. Lavrov said it is the position of Minsk Group co-chairs and underlined that if both sides demonstrate political will, the problem can be solved soon. “The main thing is that concrete negotiations are being held for the settlement of the conflict, the sides have intentions to discuss the unsolved issues and the Minsk Group co-chairs are resolute to help the sides,” he said. The Minister also said that the mediators understand the intention of foreign players to help the process. Sergey Lavrov expressed his confidence that the reached agreements will contribute to the settlement.


Some More Russian Companies’ Websites Show Nagorno Karabakh as Independent State

Baku. Zaur nurmammadov-APA. APA Information Agency continues to find out the companies showing Azerbaijan’s Nagorno Karabakh region, as an independent state, or a part of Armenia. The website of Russia’s “Rosfoto” photo bank showed Nagorno Karabakh as a part of Armenia. “This is the most ancient monastery in Nagorno Karabakh that is a part of Armenia” is written under the photo of one of the temples of Dadivank monastery. Besides, STREAM internet project, which is engaged in taking, publishing and keeping the photos, also showed Nagorno Karabakh as an independent state. Photos of Azerbaijan’s occupied territory Nagorno Karabakh have been posted on the website. One of them is the photo of the building knocked down during Karabakh war “This building is located in the center of Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno Karabakh Republic. A part of the building was knocked down as a result of attack of Azerbaijani aviation, but the façade of the building is being restored” is written under the photo. Nagorno Karabakh is shown as an independent state on the website of Russia’s Zolotaya Korona company producing flags and pennons


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