The actual ceasefire, now the third, does not enter into force. Against this background, Azerbaijan speaks of the desire to go to all the way. Moreover, when the parties agree on a ceasefire, Baku declares that it is temporary, technical, and not permanent. That ceasefire does not cancel the military settlement of the issue of Karabakh’s belonging. MP Konstantin Zatulin, a member of the Russian State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots, stated this speaking to FAN.
"Now we are talking not only about the return of the occupied territories around Nagorno-Karabakh, the fighting is already taking place in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh," said Zatulin.
He added that Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev's reassuring assurances that the Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh—like Azerbaijanis—would live as part of Azerbaijan without any problems does not correspond to reality, and that nobody believes in Aliyev's words. "I believe that Aliyev himself, who has repeatedly proved his true attitude towards the Armenian people, also does not believe in it; he has not had shame in that issue. I would be very surprised if the coexistence of Armenians as part of Azerbaijan would be considered possible in Armenia and Karabakh. It is just a fantasy designed to calm public opinion, as well as other gestures on the ceasefire," Zatulin added.
According to him, Azerbaijan seeks a military solution to the Karabakh conflict and does not want anyone to hinder it. Moreover, the politician found it difficult to answer the question as to whether there will be a will to force Azerbaijan to make peace, although he did not rule out this scenario. "The attacking side [Azerbaijan] has ‘tasted’ it. Even without that, in order to present tough arguments to Azerbaijan which will keep it back from that plan, it will not go back from that ‘road.’ If Azerbaijan were alone and not felt the support of Turkey, it would have been possible to achieve that—as it happened in [April] 2016. But at present I do not see such a prospect. Either a will to impose peace on Azerbaijan will be shown, or we will see the war plan consequences—until the victorious end," Konstantin Zatulin concluded.