BY INFORMATION SECTION
Tension over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh could devolve into a large-scale military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This was stated by Director of US National Intelligence Dan Coats while testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, outlining a series of rising global and cyber threats the United States faces from adversaries including North Korea, Russia, Iran, and China.
In his report to the committee, entitled 'Worldwide threat assessment of the US intelligence community' and published on the US Senate's official website, Dan Coats outlined the key threats to American national security.
In connection with the Karabakh conflict the reports says, in particular: ' Tension over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh could devolve into a large-scale military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which could draw in Russia to support its regional ally. Both sides’ reluctance to compromise, mounting domestic pressures, Azerbaijan’s steady military modernisation, and Armenia’s acquisition of new Russian equipment sustain the risk of large-scale hostilities in 2018.'
The report says that 'in his probable next term in office, President Vladimir Putin will rely on assertive and opportunistic foreign policies to shape outcomes beyond Russia’s borders. He will also resort to more authoritarian tactics to maintain control amid challenges to his rule.'
The report also says that 'Russia’s continued occupation of 20 percent of Georgia’s territory and efforts to undermine its Western integration will remain the primary sources of Tbilisi’s insecurity.'