Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 24
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
Ukraine is a friendly country and a strategic partner of Azerbaijan. Its own territorial integrity and stability and Ukraine's are equally important for Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov told journalists on Feb.24.
Under conditions of such bloody events taken place in the country instead of economic development and stability, it is very difficult to specify anything in advance, according to Azimov. Ukraine is a country located between West and East with great economic potential. The future of the country may influence the development of both the West and the East. It is highly likely that this effect is assessed properly and therefore all sides will state that the fragmentation and disruption in Ukraine is not in anyone's interest. It is absolutely true position, Azimov said.
The EU member states are the parties interested in Ukrainian events, according to the deputy minister.
Ministers and representatives of these countries have repeatedly visited Ukraine to mediate in the conflict. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton have visited Ukraine many times. They represent those countries with great political influence. Naturally, their visits and activities in Kiev can't help but influence events in the country, the deputy minister said.
The mass protests in Ukraine began on November 21, 2013, when the government announced the suspension of the preparation of an Association Agreement with the EU.
Large-scale street riots resumed in Kiev on February 18, 2014. The belligerent crowd tried to come close to the parliament of Ukraine and radicals broke into the building in the centre of Kiev, burned tyres and threw stones at cars and police officers. The opposition used firearms for the first time, according to the police. Some 80 people were killed and over 600 injured as a result of the riots.
Negotiations to settle the conflict in Ukraine were held in Kiev on Feb.21. Later a relevant agreement was signed between President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders.
On Feb.22, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament of Ukraine) violating the reached agreements and without waiting for the president to sign the law to a return of the 2004 Constitution, made a decision to change the basic law and sacked the parliamentary leaders, Interior Ministry, Defence Ministry and the country's Security Service.
Yanukovych's interview to journalists in Kharkov was published on Feb.22, in which he stated that he remains the legally elected head of state and is not going to resign, while the country has all the signs of a coup d'état. Yanukovych also said that the decisions now being adopted by the Verkhovna Rada are 'illegal'. The Rada voted for a resolution on the transfer of powers of the president of Ukraine to speaker Turchinov until presidential elections on May 25.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.