02.06.2008 16:22 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Russia's role in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict
settlement is weakening. Unlike the United States, Moscow doesn't
render financial assistance to NKR, head of the interethnic relations
department at the institute of political and military analysis Sergei
Markedonov said in an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net.

Satisfied with contacts with Armenia, Russia doesn't demonstrate any
intention to engage Nagorno Karabakh as a full-fledged participant
in the talks, according to him.

"After proclamation of Kosovo's independence and its recognition by a
number of states, Russia outlined its stand on Abkhazia and Ossetia
but prefers to avoid Nagorno Karabakh. Meanwhile, strategy should
never be restricted to recognition or silence. There are lots of
approaches. I should also mention that the position of official Yerevan
and unrecognized Stepanakert do not always coincide. Undoubtedly,
Russia needs sustainable relations with Azerbaijan. But recognition
of NKR as a party in talks is recognition of political reality but
not recognition of de facto state," he said.