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Azerbaijan likely to turn to Moscow: A. Melikyan

April 18, 2010

The following article is reprinted with permission from NEWS.am, Armenian information-analytic agency, Yerevan.

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Azerbaijan is likely to turn its foreign policy course towards Moscow, former NKR [Nagorno Karabakh Republic] Foreign Minister Arman Melikyan told NEWS.am, commenting on recent statement by top Azerbaijani official Ali Hasanov.

Melikyan considers that Azerbaijan would get high dividends if turned to Moscow 3-4 years ago. “Presently, Baku will benefit much less from it,” he noted. According to him, Azerbaijan has already undertaken certain steps in this direction, but found difficulty in replying whether Baku succeeds in this.

Melikyan underlined that Azerbaijan exaggerates Washington’s support to Yerevan. “It is hard to say why Baku drew a conclusion that Washington backs Yerevan more. Possibly, the reason is that unlike his Armenian counterpart Azerbaijani president was not invited to the Washington nuclear security summit. If so, this is not sufficient for Baku’s criticism against U.S.,” Melikyan noted, adding that most likely Azerbaijan simply seeks formal causes to change its political course towards Moscow.

“Azerbaijan takes adequate steps to find a viable solution to Karabakh conflict. Presently, anti-American propaganda is directed primarily against Armenia’s imperialist policy in Congress and the U.S. authorities. We have repeatedly recalled U.S., that it is one of OSCE MG Co-chairing states settling Armenia-Azerbaijan issue on Karabakh conflict. We urged Armenia to mind the issue for breaking through the tight situation it is trapped. In this regard, recently Azerbaijani society voices righteous discontent both in media and amid parliamentarians,” said Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Public-Political Department head Ali Hasanov.


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