AZERBAIJAN’S ATTEMPT TO BLACKMAIL INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FAILED – ALEXANDER ISKANDARYAN
18:58 * 11.08.14
In an interview with Tert.am, Director of the Caucasus Institute,
political scientist Alexander Iskandaryan commented on the
Armenian-Russian presidential meeting in Sochi.
President Ilham Aliyev tried to save his face. Azerbaijan’s attempt
to blackmail the international community failed.
“The results were different for each of the sides. And if we speak
of what the meeting meant for Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev,
we can say that it helped him get over the difficulty. He thus tried
to save his face after the crushing defeat Azerbaijan’s armed forces
have suffered in recent days.
“Azerbaijan had to get out of the situation, and that meeting proved
a good opportunity. On the other hand, that meeting foiled one more
attempt to use politico-military blackmail against the international
community by Azerbaijan.
“As to the importance of the meeting for Russian President Vladimir
Putin, given the situation Russia has found itself in, we should say
it was important for the Russian president to show his goodwill and
ability to play a positive role in dealing with any conflict out of
context of the serious situation in the south-eastern Ukraine.”
As to Armenia, that meeting proved a platform for it to call for a
settlement of the conflict on the basis of the three fundamental
principles – peoples’ right to self-determination, territorial
integrity and nonuse of force.
From: A. Papazian