RSC Director Richard Giragosian is cited in an article published on 29 February in the Hurriyet Daily News by Selin Nasi, entitled, “The Caucasus: The next battleground for Russia and Turkey?”
In the article, Giragosian is quoted as saying that any “resumption of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan could escalate to a wider geopolitical conflict.”
“Any return to war over Karabakh threatens to involve much larger regional powers, including Turkey, Russia and Iran. There is also a narrower but equally significant danger that a resumption of hostilities may directly endanger the region’s network of energy pipelines,” Giragosian added.
In the event of an outbreak of war, Giragosian suggests that not only would planned pipelines and energy projects such as the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) project be at severe risk, but existing pipelines such as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline would become vulnerable to attacks by Armenian forces.