Stephen Blank: Zangezur corridor will work to Armenia's benefit - EXCLUSİVE VİDEO
Stephen Blank: Zangezur corridor will work to Armenia's benefit - EXCLUSİVE VİDEO
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D r. Stephen J. Blank is Senior Fellow at Foreign Policy Research Institute's (FPRI) Eurasia Program has given an interview to Baku Tribune. He is the author of over 900 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies. Below we are presenting to our readers both full video of an interview and some important passages and statements from the interview of Dr.Blank. - Several days ago, a telephone call took place between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. What, in your opinion, can you expect from US-Azerbaijani relations after this call? - Hopefully it means that the United States wants to resume playing an important role in the diplomacy, not just over Nagorno-Karabakh, but in general, in the Caucuses. Because for the last 2 administrations, and that goes back 12 years now the United States has essentially been absent. - How does the United States see its further role in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group? - What we have now is not really peace but essentially an armistice. There is no sign, that Armenia is reconciled to the outcome of the war. Russia will probably try to find an excuse to keep peacekeepers there long after the agreement has ended. - At the moment, as you know, there are Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh. How does the United States see the future of this region, taking into account the deployment of Russian peacekeepers there? - I don't think Washington is too happy to see Russian peacekeepers there. It's impossible to say, what the United States` vision is, but the fact of the phone call, I would say the fact of the Declaration about the genocide indicates that the United States may be interested in resuming a place in the Caucasus. - The United States did not play an active role in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group ... - Well, that's true. And the Biden administration may have come to understanding, that a shortcoming in our policy, which they are now trying to correct. -907th amendment to the "Freedom Support Act" is temporarily suspended this year as well. Is the possibility of the complete elimination of Amendment 907, which causes serious damage to relations between the United States and Azerbaijan, is being considered? - I wish I could say yes, but I don't think so. And then we use that suspension in oder to advance American interests in the Caucasus. - What will you see the future of a new transport corridor, which is designed to connect Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic through the territory of Armenia (Zangezur corridor)? - The future of this depends really on overall progress on the larger issues of Nagorno-Karabakh. This could actually work to Armenia's benefit. That's not going to happen anytime soon. But once that happens, it would mean, that Armenia and Azerbaijan can have economic relations with each other, which benefits Armenia. Because Armenia has been excluded from pipelines, railways and other major economic projects and this hurts the Armenian economy. The full interview in the video below.
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