Possible candidate for upcoming U.S. presidential elections John Bolton advised Barack Obama administration to attribute more attention to South Caucasus region. Bolton stressed that Russia persistently tries to restore its influence on the region. He reminded of Russian PM Vladimir Putin’s estimations of the collapse of Soviet Union, attributing it to the current processes in South Caucasus, reports Caucasus Online.
“We have to remember the statement of then-president Vladimir Putin, that the collapse of the USSR is the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of 20th century,” said Bolton, adding that these words fully reflect Russia’s current policy in South Caucasus.
According to the politician, Obama’s administration must openly support Azerbaijan in the context to Karabakh conflict settlement, since except Armenian and Azerbaijani sides it involves Russia as well.
“We must not forget Russia’s assault of Georgia of August 2008. Russia aims at restoring its influence over the region and the U.S. must give due attention to that fact,” said Bolton.