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Great Caucasian way of NATO2011-12-30 03:18
NATO increases pressure on Azerbaijan. The Alliance expresses extreme interest in the partnership with Baku and expressed concern about protracted conflicts in South Caucasus. Does this mean that the region can face with NATO expansion?
"The Alliance is interested in developing strategic and full partnership with Azerbaijan", said Ambassador of Romania in Azerbaijan Daniel Christian Ciobanu. "Frozen conflicts in the Caucasus region very concern NATO and the organization stands for a peaceful solution to all these problems". The diplomat stressed that next year, NATO launches two-year program that will cover 1600 events, and Azerbaijan, as well as other NATO partners, will be able to enter into the scope of these activities. "And Romania, as NATO coordinator country, will continue efforts to develop relations between the alliance and Baku", said Ciobanu.
NATO calls Azerbaijan under its wing not the first year. Representatives of the Alliance periodically affirm the importance of partnership relations with Baku and engage the republic in all kinds of programs. But, unlike Georgia, leadership of which has taken a course to join the military alliance, the Azerbaijani authorities are trying to remain neutral in its relations with both Brussels and Moscow. For the Alliance, expansion of sphere of influence in the region is a strategic issue. GTimes' correspondent talked with well-known Russian political scientists and experts about how NATO members intend to move in the direction of the Caucasus.
Igor Korotchenko, member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defence of Russia and chief editor of "National Defense": The fact that Azerbaijan is in the field of Alliance's attention is perfectly clear. For NATO, it is essential to strengthen both its geopolitical and military presence in the military area. All the latest doctrinal documents of the bloc speak about the importance of an uninterrupted supply of hydrocarbons. And we can say that the prospect of Azerbaijan's joining NATO - it is a long-term strategic task, which is being solved both by the U.S. and its European partners. In order to persuade President Ilham Aliyev to a more favorable perception of membership in the alliance they will use various pretexts. Such ground like Azerbaijan is extremely beneficial for military bases and launching points for EUROPRO systems, which will obviously pose the problem of surrounding Russia with the elements of strategic infrastructure.
Therefore, the NATO goal is to exert pressure on Armenia and other players involved in solving the problems of Karabakh in order to promote Azerbaijan in maximum achievement of the military and political objectives, which set itself Baku.