Azerbaijani official: Azerbaijan will always be close to Turkey
Turkey's problem is Azerbaijan's and Azerbaijan's problem is Turkey's. Turkey and Azerbaijan - are two states - one nation and no external or internal force can destroy it, Azerbaijani Parliamentary Speaker Ogtay Asadov said in an interview with TRT Haber television channel.
"Unfounded accusations of the Armenian lobby [in the" Armenian genocide "] are part of the game of putting pressure on Turkey," Asadov was quoted as saying by Timeturk agency. "Azerbaijan will always be close to Turkey."
Asadov said the Armenian lobby's aim is clear - it wants the recognition of "genocide" by the parliaments of various countries to satisfy its greedy interests.
The Armenian lobby constantly tries to keep the focus on the issue of so-called "genocide", but it is the Armenians committed terrorist attacks against the Turkish diplomats, as a result of which 42 diplomats were killed and dozens of people injured, he added.
Asadov noted that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call to open the archives to investigate the 1915 events suggests that Turkey is not afraid of its history.
"But we should not forget that the Turkish people - is a great nation. Turkey is a great and strong country, and it is impossible to talk with such a great people and state with language of pressure," Asadov said. He also recalled that Azerbaijan was one of the first which expressed its indignation at adoption of a resolution recognizing the so-called "Armenian genocide" by the U.S. House of Representatives' International Relations Committee and noted that such actions are directed not only against Turkey, but also against Azerbaijan.
Armenia claims that the Ottoman Empire committed "genocide" against Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Making greater efforts to promote the issue internationally, Armenians have achieved its recognition by parliaments in some countries