Azerbaijani Deputy FM: There is no need to worry about the signing of military protocol between Russia and Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku, August 28 / Trend T.Hajiyev/
Deputy foreign minister of Azerbaijan sees no need to worry about the agreement to extend the stay of the Russian military base in Armenia.
"The signing of a military protocol between Russia and Armenia is the issue of these two countries. The signing of the protocol demonstrates that Russia has military interests in Armenia. This shows that Russia uses Armenia's territory as a springboard, and Russia approaches these military relations as long-term ones. This is the main result. Therefore, there is no need to worry about this matter", - Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Araz Azimov told journalists on Saturday.
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.
According to deputy FM, the reason for placing a military base and the situation in general can change in the future.
"We had previously expected this and knew the relation between Russia and Armenia", - Azimov said.
The deputy minister noted that Russia and Azerbaijan have own bilateral relations.
"We intend to develop these relations. We hope that Russia intends too. Concerning the question - what changes to the protocol, in principle, for many years Russia has a military base in Armenia. After signing the protocol the term of deployment of the Russian military base in Armenia had been prolonged for another 24 years. In principle, only the term of the base is renewed. The role of the base located in Armenia or some of its effects could probably show itself in 25 years. I do not see any fundamental changes except prolonging the term of the base. This just shows once again the peculiarity of relations between Russia and Armenia", - Azimov said.