Azerbaijani parliament concerned about Russian military base transfer to Yerevan

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 2 / Trend M. Aliyev /

Azerbaijan is concerned that Russia wants to transfer its military bases in Armenia to Yerevan, the first deputy speaker of the Azerbaijani parliament Ziyafet Asgarov said at the first meeting of the parliamentary autumn session on Monday.

"In this regard, several meetings were held with the relevant agencies which stated that the issue is under consideration," he said. "After their completion, an official response will be given."

Sabir Rustamkhanli also raised the issue of Russia transferring its military bases in Armenia to Yerevan.

"No one can guarantee that Russian armament will not be supplied from Armenia to the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, because the Armenians will work at these bases," Rustamkhanli said.

The MP believes it is necessary to appeal to Russia and the UN for the latter to seriously react to the plans of the Russian military transfer to Armenia.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. - are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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