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Russia and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: spoiling through mediation?

Lilit Galstyan

vol. VII(1,2)

Pages 114-132


The aim of this research is to examine the role of the Russian leadership in

the Nagorno-Karabakh confl ict and to understand whether they were mediating

the confl ict or spoiling its peaceful resolution. The cases of Boris Yeltsin,

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev are illustrated in order to compare

their eff orts to reach a peaceful resolution to the NK confl ict. The methodology

of study comprises secondary data analysis and content analysis of six

presidential statements. As a result, based on the analyzed data we conclude

that Russia neither spoiled nor mediated the confl ict over Nagorno-Karabakh

by being content with the current state of frozen negotiations over Nagorno-

Karabakh. What is more, from the analysis of fi ndings we conclude

that compared to Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev made

signifi cant eff orts to put the NK confl ict on the edge of its resolution.

Keywords: Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia, mediation, spoiling, frozen conflict

Lilit Galstyan
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