Recent statistics published by the Public Opinion Research Centre of Russia have revealed that around 24% of Russians view the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state.
Karabakh has long sought recognition of its independence, which is claimed from Azerbaijan in the early 90s. Although the region is not recognised by any members of the UN, including Armenia and Russia, these recent figures may indicate a move towards public recognition of the de facto republic’s claims.
The recent statistics also revealed that 11% of Russians surveyed view the territory as part of Armenia, while only 9% see it as belonging to Azerbaijan.
The polls also showed that 56% of Russians support a peaceful settlement in the region, while 14% feel that the issue can only be solved through the use of conflict.