Azerbaijani top official: Azerbaijan may "reconsider" U.S. relations
Azerbaijani Presidential Administration socio-political department head Ali Hasanov said Azerbaijan may review its policy towards the United States.
"The United States does not implement policy towards Azerbaijan as a strategic partner, and that's why we might reconsider our policy towards the United States," Hasanov told Reuters.
Hasanov said as a co-mediator in talks on Nagorno-Karabakh, Washington "should first of all promote a solution to the Karabakh conflict."
"We believe the Americans should not only think of how to help Armenia overcome the economic crisis," he said.
Hasanov did dot specified what steps Azerbaijan may take, but added that the country participates in several joint projects with Washington, including a "major multinational energy projects."
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. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.