Date: 04 July 2018, 14:21, READ:
Members of the Russian state duma and well-known public figures visited Azerbaijan recently. As part of their visit, they visited the village of Jojug Marcanli and also met with the soldiers of the Azerbaijani army in Lalatapa. It should be noted that Jojug Marjanli hosted a conference entitled "Azerbaijan is Russia's only ally in the South Caucasus". Dmitry Savelyev, chairwoman of the Russian Duma Committee, who attended the conference, noted that seven occupied territories in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas should be liberated from Armenia and returned to Azerbaijan without any further conditions: "Today, Armenia leads unexpected policy for both Russia and Azerbaijan. Crisis may further escalate, taking into account the position of Americans in the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as the positions of influential Armenian diaspora in the United States, Canada and Europe. The boat will begin to shake even more violently. Russia has always said - the crisis should be resolved peacefully. Karabakh and seven regions should be returned to Azerbaijan without any further conditions ".
It should be noted that the leader of the International Eurasian Movement, Alexander Dugin, also shared this position. Do all these statements mean that Russia's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is changing?
MP Elman Nasirov told "Kapsi" that such a conference was held in Moscow a year ago: "And the second event was held in Jojug Marjanli, a land liberated from Armenian occupation, not in another territory of Azerbaijan. The participants of the conference also visited Lalatapa and put forth their position at the same time. From this point of view, holding the event on the territory of Karabakh has a very symbolic meaning and contains very serious political messages. The views of Dmitry Savelyev, the Russian parliamentarians about the return of the seven occupied territories around Karabakh and their belonging to our state, once more confirm that an increasingly objective position is emerging on the settlement of the conflict in Russian public".
In particular, I would like to mention the views of the leader of the International Eurasian Movement Alexander Dugin. He unambiguously points out that Nagorno-Karabakh is an Azerbaijani territory from a legal perspective. He also confessed that he was in Karabakh for the first time. At the same time, he says that relations between Azerbaijan and Russia are of strategic nature. There are very close and sincere relations between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia. Russia's relations with Armenia have never been directed against Azerbaijan, and Moscow is an interested party in resolving the conflict. Dugin directly pointed out that Nagorno-Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan. At the same time, he included the seven Azerbaijani regions that are under occupation".
Nasirov noted that in the past Russian experts would note that the seven regions belonged to Azerbaijan, but they would be quiet about the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh: "But now they are unambiguously stating it. I think this ensures the ideological and psychological advantage of Azerbaijan in the settlement of the conflict. We should also consider that Alexander Dugin and Dmitri Savelyev have massive influence in Russia. They have a vast potential to influence the Russian public opinion. So, we can conclude that diplomatic and military superiority of Azerbaijan in the regulation of this conflict have been ensured. This conference showed that psychological and ideological superiority of Azerbaijan is ensured too".
Chairman of the Great Establishment Party, MP Fazil Mustafa stated that the conference entitled "Azerbaijan is Russia's only ally in the Caucasus" held in Jojug Mehjanli village, which was liberated from Armenian occupation, is of great importance for both countries. According to him, prominent representatives of the Russian public participated in this conference and discussed the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh and future prospects of the Russian-Azerbaijani relations: "The main purpose of this conference is to promote the Russian-Azerbaijani relations in the public sphere, to formulate a public opinion in the direction of better awareness, understanding and building closer relationships. I think that very useful discussions took place, it was decided to continue these conferences in the future ".
According to Mustafa, the presence of positive ideas and approaches about Azerbaijan in Russia is also beneficial for Moscow itself: "I think that there are many forces in Russia that have begun to see the importance of Azerbaijan and they are trying to support us".