Russia's Federation Council advisor to chairman: Azerbaijan should not pay much attention to Zhirinovsky's statement
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 22 / Trend U.Sadikhova /
Adviser to Chairmen of Federation Council in Russia Gennady Burbulis called Vladimir Zhirinovsky's statement unreasonable and inconsistent with the official position of Russia.
"This statement is unreasonable and inconsistent with Russia's official position and common sense of a politician," Adviser to Chairmen of Federation Council in Russia Gennady Burbulis told Trend on Friday, commenting on Vladimir Zhirinovsky's recent statement on the need for Russia to recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh.
It is an incredible test to comment Zhirinovsky, Burbulis said.
"I would not like Azerbaijan to attach great importance to this statement," Burbulis said.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky said in an interview with the Latvian newspaper Neatkarigas Rita Avize that if Nagorno-Karabakh itself proclaims its independence, Russia must recognize it.
In this regard, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia sent a note to Russia's Foreign Ministry.
The Embassy expects for a formal response of Russian organizations, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu told Trend today.
The note expresses a protest against such appeals of Russian parliamentary vice-speaker. It indicates that such remarks of Russia's State Duma representatives do not correspond with the spirit of relations between the two countries.
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 7 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 the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. General Assembly's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.