Despite the tripartite ceasefire accepted over the Karabakh region concerning the latest deadliest gunfire incident in the Kalbajar region along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, the situation remains tense because Baku and Erevan still fail to agree on the delimitation issue, editor-in-chief of the Russian National Defense magazine and military expert Igor Korotchenko told NEWS.ru.
"This [delimitation process] should be done in a calm way referring to Soviet topographic maps, which were released in the 1970-1980s. They allow quite accurately establishing the borderline between the then Azerbaijan SSR and the Armenian SSR. This is an absolute need as the delimitation and demarcation of borders will avoid further misinterpretations and minimize the number of border incidents," Korotchenko said.
According to him, the Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly proposed mediation to resolve this territorial issue. Azerbaijan also advocates an early delimitation process.
"On the one hand, Armenia wants to disrupt the process of determining the precise boundaries, and on the other hand, to engage Azerbaijan into some border clashes in order to portray itself as a victim of aggression aiming to turn to Russia and the Collective Security Treaty Organization for help. In case this doesn't work, Erevan may turn to the European Union, in particular to France. Such a multi-movement that Armenia is playing today surely is a dead end and unpromising policy," Korotchenko told NEWS.ru.
Previously, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Armenian Defense Ministry
The Karabakh conflict