The U.S. is hopeful that a possible meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in June will lead to a comprehensive settlement of the Karabakh conflict, announced Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Armenia Richard Mills at the U.S.-Armenia business conference. The ongoing discussions on a possible comprehensive settlement of the Karabakh conflict refer to the empty rhetoric of the United States, says Modest Kolerov, chief editor of the REGNUM news agency. “It is rather a question of those arrangements to be made after the Vienna meeting, and for the final settlement there should be a political will to increase the status of Nagorno-Karabakh to the participant of the negotiation process,” told RUSARMINFO Modest Kolerov. According to the expert, a comprehensive solution is impossible as long as Georgia remains in the military block with Azerbaijan, and as recently announced, in case of a war it will take a hostile stance of neutrality in relation to Armenia.
“In addition, the Karabakh conflict settlement is impossible without solving the fate of the Turkish Kurdistan, which borders directly with the South Caucasus, as well as the radical destruction of the “Islamic state”, which is the main destabilizing factor in the region,” stressed Modest Kolerov. He believes that the U.S. over-activity in the Karabakh issue is related to the rotation of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. On May 16 in Vienna, the US initiated the meeting between Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev, Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents, with the participation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Désir and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.