Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.6 / Trend, T.Hajiyev /
Breaking ceasefire in the frontline once again testifies to Armenia's occupation essence, head of the Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh Bayram Safarov said today in an interview with the ruling party.
"Armenia as an invader country, wants to use a military agreement between it and Russia to achieve its goals," Safarov said.
Over the past 10 days, Armenian Armed Forces twice attacked positions of Azerbaijani National Army. During the armed incident both sides suffered losses.
According to Safarov, the Community doesn't believe that Russia will allow Armenia to expand its occupation policy, using the Russian 102nd Military Base located on its territory. "The Russian President's words said during his visit to our country gives grounds to speak about it," Safarov said.
He said Armenia's dependence from Russia much more increases by signing this agreement.
"Armenia is not an independent state. This contract even more increases dependence of the invader country. Armenians go over to the side of those who give them money. Most likely, Russia, by signing this agreement, didn't allow Armenia to become close with other states " Safarov said.
Russia and Armenia recently signed a protocol amending a 1995 bilateral agreement on the base, RIA Novosti reported. The document was undersigned by the Armenian and Russian defense ministers. The original contract's validity was 25 years. The agreement extended the contract for another 24 years.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent 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 negotiations to resolve the dispute.
Armenia has failed to implement U.N. Security Council resolutions stipulating the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions.