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

South Caucasus: Regional conflicts and challenges

  • Lilit Galstyan
Keywords: Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia, mediation, spoiling, frozen confl ict


The aim of this research is to examine the role of the Russian leadership in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and to understand whether they were mediating the conflict or spoiling its peaceful resolution. The cases of Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev are illustrated in order to compare their efforts to reach a peaceful resolution to the NK conflict. 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 conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh by being content with the current state of frozen negotiations over Nagorno- Karabakh. What is more, from the analysis of findings we conclude that compared to Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev made significant efforts to put the NK conflict on the edge of its resolution.

Author Biography

Lilit Galstyan


Lilit Galstyan

MA in Political Science and International Affairs. The main fields of her research are the Armenian foreign policy, the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, the South Caucasus, the Kurdish issue in Turkey and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.