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“A new Karabakh war would give the conflicting parties nothing apart from enormous human and material losses,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “Azerbaijan would not manage to quickly conquer Karabakh, while Armenian forces would fail to occupy [districts like] Jebrail with four cars as it did in 1993. Through its various structures -- the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and others -- Russia will be seeking to impose concessions on the Armenian side. And if it does not work now, it will continue selling sophisticated weapons to Azerbaijan.”

“[Foreign Minister] Edward Nalbandian could have guessed that in the event of an Azerbaijani aggression there will be much more vigorous assertions in Armenia that Azerbaijan killed Armenian soldiers and civilians with weapons bought from Russia,” writes “168 Zham.” “Presumably, Nalbandian could have also guessed that while making such assertions people in Armenia will point the fingers at all those individuals, Armenians in the first instance, who have for years rationalized Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan. He has been the most important of those individuals. Unlike many Armenian pundits, he has done that on international podiums and through media, using his status as foreign minister of Armenia.”

In an interview with “Aravot,” former Foreign Minister Alexander Arzumanian comments on former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s calls for the Armenian opposition to rally around President Serzh Sarkisian for the sake of achieving a pro-Armenian solution to the Karabakh conflict. “It probably means that Ter-Petrosian continues to stand for a compromise-oriented [Karabakh] negotiation process and is ready to support Serzh Sarkisian if the latter agrees to resume negotiations [with Azerbaijan] on the basis of the Madrid Principles,” says Arzumanian.

“The Sarkisian-Ter-Petrosian meeting may also have internal political implications,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “In essence, this duo has made a clear bid to isolate [former President Robert] Kocharian from Armenia’s domestic political life.”

(Karlen Aslanian)

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