Nikol Pashinyan (left) and Alham Aliyev during a meeting in Vienna, March 29, 2019. Photo: official website of the Government of Armenia,

30 August 2022, 18:43

Analysts assess alignment of forces before meeting of Aliev and Pashinyan in Brussels

The Ilham Aliev’s position in the upcoming negotiations is stronger against the backdrop of the transfer to Azerbaijan of Lachin and two villages, Azerbaijani analysts Togrul Djuvarly and Mekhman Aliev point out.

On August 31, through the mediation of the President of the Council of the European Union Charles Michel, the Belgian capital is to host a meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

According to Togrul Djuvarly, a member of the Azerbaijan National Public Committee for European Integration, Baku is entering into negotiations with the stronger positions. “During the interval between the previous meeting of Ilham Aliev and Nikol Pashinyan, which took place in May, and the current one, important events took place in the region. These events further change the balance of power and strengthen the diplomatic and military-strategic positions of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan carried out the ‘Retaliation’ counteroperation, as a result of which its forces took a number of strategic heights along the Lachin Corridor and along the perimeter of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region. After that, the Armenian side stopped resisting the return of the city of Lachin (Armenian name is Berdzor, – note of the ‘Caucasian Knot) and the villages of Zabukh (Armenian name is Akhavno, – note of the ‘Caucasian Knot) and Sous to Azerbaijan, and on August 26, it was announced that the Azerbaijani forces would enter the mentioned settlements,” Togrul Djuvarly told the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent.

Mekhman Aliev, the director of the “Turan” news agency, believes that “serious progress in negotiations on a final peaceful settlement of the conflict” can be achieved in Brussels.

According to Mekhman Aliev, a decision can be made in Brussels to set up working groups to negotiate a peace agreement. A permanent negotiating mechanism is likely to start working soon, and working groups will start working on the text of a peace agreement somewhere in a third country, for example, in Georgia, where the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia already once met directly without intermediaries. At the same time, Mekhman Aliev believes that negotiations will go faster concerning the Zangezur Corridor and the delimitation of the state border.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 30, 2022 at 02:07 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid, Tigran Petrosyan, Nakhim Shelomanov Source: CK correspondents

All news

May 25, 2024 20:57

  • Rights defenders treat mass kidnappings as instability sign in Chechnya

    Some of the 80 persons kidnapped after the arson of a car associated with Adam Kadyrov have already been released, human rights defenders have informed, adding that the mass kidnappings amid high-profile resignations indicate an unstable situation in Chechnya and are caused by law enforcers' desire to demonstrate their importance.

May 25, 2024 20:53

  • Personnel changes highlight level of Chechen authorities’ autonomy

    The resignations of Magomed Daudov and Muslim Khuchiev from their posts have shown that the authorities of Chechnya are more independent in personnel matters than other regions of Russia, analysts emphasize. The resignation of Magomed Daudov has not spoiled his relationship with Ramzan Kadyrov, the spokesperson for the “Vayfond” human rights association believes.

May 25, 2024 14:07

  • Activist Darya Polyudova transferred to Kostroma colony

    Darya Polyudova, an activist from Kuban (Krasnodar Territory), who was serving her sentence in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR) within an extremism case, was brought to a colony in Kostroma and placed under strict custody conditions.

May 24, 2024 23:53

May 24, 2024 21:55

News archive