ArmInfo.on around the processes in the South Caucasus. This was stated by Konstantin
Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of
the Russian Federation for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and
Relations with Compatriots, during the Moscow-Tehran video bridge on
the topic: "South Caucasus: interests of Russia and Iran."
According to the Russian MP, both Russia and Iran expressed their
concern about the consequences of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in the
fall of 2020, and current events in the Caucasus, including
Azerbaijan's attempts to destabilize the situation in Transcaucasia.
According to him, there is an understanding that Azerbaijan is an
important regional player today, but there is also an understanding
that in the current realities, the Azerbaijani side is trying to
achieve all its goals. Zatulin recalled that Iran had clearly
expressed its principled position on the current situation in the
region, emphasizing the inadmissibility of changing the borders of
the countries of the region.
Zatulin also noted the inadmissibility of Azerbaijan's attempts to
get a corridor through the sovereign territory of Armenia through
pressure and taking advantage of the situation.
"We also note the desire of Western countries to take advantage of
the situation in the Caucasus in order to change the foreign policy
vector of the Caucasian countries - Armenia and Azerbaijan. The West
achieves success, including because of the actions of the Russian
In turn, Expert on the Caucasus region, Head of the Caucasus Studies
Institute at the University of Tehran Jafar Khashe noted that the
Syunik region of Armenia is important for the United States, since
the region is close to Iran. According to him, the processes in the
Caucasus can be of key importance in terms of further developments in
Central Asia. "The Syunik region of Armenia plays a key role in this
game. It must be understood that the winner in this regional battle
will then have influence in other regions," he said, emphasizing the
importance of focusing on the trips of various foreign military
personnel to this region.
In this vein, Khashe urged to pay attention to the "invisible hands"
that are trying to connect Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan through the
Armenian territories. According to him, the supporters of the Great
Turan, including Turkey and Great Britain, put pressure and influence
on the current processes in the region. The expert also urged to pay
attention to the fact that NATO, represented by Turkey, is currently
building a large base on Mount Ararat. "Why is it? There is no
answer. We believe that its goal is to spy on the Russian military
base on the territory of Armenia. This suggests that they have big
plans here," the Iranian analyst noted, recalling that the United
States does not consider each region in separately, they are all
interconnected for them. The expert expressed his conviction that
against the background of these processes, Russia and Iran should
intensify their relations in order to create a balance in the region.
"Given that Russia is busy in Ukraine, Iran can provide its
assistance in this matter," he said, adding that the blockade of the
Lachin corridor is an inhuman step. In his opinion, the Iranian
peacekeepers can assist the Russian ones in stabilizing the current
situation around Nagorno-Karabakh and preventing a possible