Moscow came to the conclusion that it is hopeless to build relations with Azerbaijan through “slight” flirting. Azerbaijan has other prospects and it is convinced that Russia is unable to resolve its issues. The leadership of Azerbaijan is perplexed since it has run into a deadlock, including several foreign directions.
It seems that especially under these conditions Baku may return to the Russian scenarios but the issue is that these scenarios are exhausted and harm the relations with the West, without which this state union can’t go on. Under these conditions, the Russians, as before, try to use means of internal split but this time a more serious signal about the activation of the Lezgian and Talysh issues in Azerbaijan came.
At the same time, during the past 20 years the Russians have defamed themselves and their policy in the eyes of the peoples of the Eastern Caucasus, in particular Lezgian and Avar that it is very difficult to go back to these topics. The main negative factor is that there are not enough qualified professionals in Moscow who are able to propose ideas and do political planning. The specialists of the Institute of Oriental Studies are offended by the neglect of the state towards them so they treated these issues in a very restricted way. They don’t see their place and role in these spheres of activities. They are currently told that they need to work on these issues only in accordance with the salary they get. The Federal Security Service has so few specialists that it is unable to coordinate this work at a high level.
Unlike the Russians, the Americans, for example, first of all invest intellectual resources in such projects.
At the same time, the search for partners by non-academic research centers of Moscow is fruitless. During 20 years, they have not formed anyone but only grant eaters and tattlers. Currently, the Russians avoid involving in the project development specialists from Dagestan which shows the inadequacy of the Russian politics.
Apparently, however, the question is asked quite clearly, and it is necessary to perform the task.
Azerbaijan, too, is not sitting in an attitude of waiting. In Moscow and in Europe there are attempts to bribe information tools to block Lezgian and Talysh topics. For this purpose, Azerbaijan already has the information resources in Russia and is trying to get opportunities in Europe.
However, Talysh and Lezgian issues have become very sharp and readable and now, without these topics, the Caucasian information area becomes boring. It is quite clear that it is impossible to block these topics in the media. More successful are Azerbaijan’s attempt to bribe some representatives of the Lezgian and Talysh communities but according to activists of these ethno-political movements, those who were tempted by Azeri money started feeling very uncomfortable.
There are indications that soon Europe’s “interest” in the Talysh and Lezgian topics will grow for certain reasons, including those of geo-political nature.
The main thing is that in the arena of these topics, competition is consistently formed and their place and role in international politics are being sought for.