Azerbaijan is rapidly building a road in the village of Mets Shen, Shusha region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Photo by Alvard Grigoryan for the "Caucasian Knot"

11 August 2022, 14:14

Wording of agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh gives rise to conflict escalation

By having built a section of the road bypassing the Lachin Corridor, Azerbaijan, did not violate the terms of the agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh, while the escalation of the Karabakh conflict was provoked by the Armenian party, Russian and Azerbaijani analysts have pointed out. Armenian authorities are trying to circumvent the agreements, taking advantage of the ambiguous wording thereof, Armenian political scientists have pointed out.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on August 3, Baku announced the conduct of the "Retribution" operation in Karabakh after the death of an Azerbaijani soldier. The Azerbaijani Army has occupied the Sarybaba heights in the Shusha District and Gyrkhgyz heights in the Khodjaly District; and on August 6, it took control over the strategic height of Buzdukh.

The conflict escalation occurred amid the construction of an alternative road to the Lachin Corridor, built according to the Aliev-Pashinyan-Putin agreement.

Alexei Malashenko, an economist, believes that it was an Armenia's military provocation. He is sure that the Lachin Corridor is "the Azerbaijan's territory."

Mekhman Aliev, the director of the "Turan" News Agency, thinks that Armenia's claims are unjustified. According to his version, Baku "continues ensuring the security of Armenia's transport communication with the part of Karabakh, where the Armenian population lives."

In the opinion of Suren Surenyants, a political analyst, the tripartite agreement contains some unclear wordings.

"Russia deliberately compiled it with contradictions. For example, one of the points says about the need to withdraw Armenian armed units. A question arises: does this apply to Armenia's units or the units by ethnicity?" he has asked.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 10, 2022 at 06:03 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Oleg Krasnov, Faik Medjid, Tigran Petrosyan Source: СK correspondents

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