Armenia can freeze negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: president
Azerbaijan, Baku, January 28 / Trend , E.Ostapenko/
Armenia can freeze negotiations with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict if this question is disconnected from the issue of opening Turkish-Armenian border, said the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
"If the two issues are disconnected, then probably Armenia will freeze negotiations with Azerbaijan," Aliyev said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The President said that there is a common understanding in the region that there should be a first step by Armenia to start the liberation of the occupied territories.
He said he was "fully satisfied" with Turkey's understanding of the issue, despite harshly criticizing Turkey's handling of it in the past.
Aliyev believed economic pressure was one of the main incentives for Armenia to come to the table.
The Azerbaijani President also expressed frustration over the delays in construction of the Nabucco pipeline.
"Gazprom has said it will buy whatever we supply. If Nabucco is delayed, we will sell more to Gazprom, it is clear," said Aliyev. In addition, Aliyev said that Azerbaijan can export gas in four directions: Turkey, Georgia, Iran and Russia. "We can expand volumes of gas in each of these directions," he said.