By Edmond Y. Azadian
Negotiations to resolve the Karabagh conflict have been moving at a snail’s pace; so slowly, indeed, that any insignificant progress is amplified in the media and hailed by the major powers with inordinate gusto.
Since the Russian-Georgian War over Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the US and the European Union have resigned to the fact that most frozen conflicts resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union should be left to Russian initiative, with the tacit understanding that the latter will be mindful of the West’s energy interests in the Caucasus region.
Thus, there seems to be no incentive for the parties to resolve the frozen conflicts. Those frozen conflicts may erupt any time into open warfare, should the interest of any party be compromised.
Russia, as well as the Western powers, has been trying to tone down the bellicose rhetoric emanating from Baku. It is reported that even President Barack Obama personally has advised Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev that there is no military solution to the Karabagh problem. Regardless, Baku authorities continue their battle cries at their leisure.
The summit held in the Russian city of Astrakhan on October 27 was the seventh one undertaken by Russia’s president, who brought together Presidents Serge Sargisian and Aliyev.