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The expert: Azerbaijan has many times threatened with a war

2012-01-16 18:03

Director of Political Studies of the Caucasus Institute Sergey Minasyan believes that mutual accusations by Azerbaijan and Armenia of violation of the ceasefire on the border won't affect the negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh.

According to the expert, the situation at the border is not so tragic, as it was described in some of the Azerbaijani and Armenian media. "I would say that over the last month and a half the dynamics is rather positive than negative. Given the fact that along the front lines they've been shooting for two decades, nothing extraordinary happens. Compared with the situation that couple of months ago occurred, everything seems to be relatively quiet. While they're shooting for a few dozen times a day, no extraordinary events after New Year's holiday happened", Minasyan said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes.

"Over the past two years, the leadership of Azerbaijan is threatening in all possible ways, even a war. But the war wasn't broke and the parties got used to this situation. I think that even Azerbaijan, not very happy with status quo, understands that use of the front line, as a lever in negotiations - this is the last stage. Even escalation of the situation would harm the other side", he added.

As recalled by "Novosti-Azerbaijan", the next meeting of Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan on the initiative of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is scheduled for late January in Sochi.

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