Russia should not Demand Azerbaijan to Violate International Transit Laws: Deputy Minister (video)
Azerbaijan, Baku, 26 April / corr. Trend K. Ramazanova/ The official Baku is not going to let the cargo for nuclear power station in Iran pass through is territory without explanations from Russia about the type of the cargo.
" Russia should submit us documents about the detained road-train and by whom it was used for the last time," Araz Azimov, the deputy foreign minister of Azerbaijan said to media on 26 April.
The cargo for the nuclear power station in Bushehr, transported from Russia to Iran, was detained in customs point in Astara on Azerbaijan-Iran border on 29 March. The cargo is reported to have been detained due to the lack of special permission for transit that Azerbaijani government is required to grant.
Azimov added that this issue is not of a political character, however, Azerbaijan must be committed to the international transit laws. " Russia should not demand Azerbaijan to violate these laws," he said.
The official Moscow has not yet responded to the inquiry of Azerbaijan about the type of the cargo which belongs to Atomstroyeksport, the contractor of the construction of nuclear power station in Bushehr.
The cargo of Atomstroyexport, supplied for the nuclear power station in Bushehr, is not dual-purpose good and it is not nuclear material, Irina Yesipova, the press secretary of Atomstroyexport said to Trend earlier.
"The equipment exported to Bushehr according to contract on constructing nuclear power station in Bushehr went through all export control procedures. Heat-insulating equipment is not a nuclear material," Yesipova said.
Atomstroyexport is solving the problem together with Russian Embassy in Azerbaijan at present,' she said.
Iran believes that the detention of cargo of equipment on Azerbaijan-Iran border meant for nuclear power station in Bushehr is due to the custom problems and Iran believes that it will be solved soon, Nasir Hamidi Zare, the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan said to Trend earlier.
"We do not see other reasons for the detention of cargo and we hope that the problem will be solved soon," said Ambassador.