Top official: Some Armenian lobby centers want to damage Azerbaijani-Turkish relations
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 7 / Trend M. Aliyev /
Some centers, operating in support of the Armenian lobby, want to create a confrontation between Azerbaijan and Turkey, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov said.
"There are some centers, operating with the Armenian lobby's support, which want to create a confrontation, to destroy the brotherly and friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey," Hasanov told Trend today.
Some media outlets, seeking to destroy the friendship between Azerbaijan and Turkey, used all their imagination, Hasanov said. These are similar media outlets in Turkey, Azerbaijan and other countries, he added.
Earlier, some Turkish media outlets reported that Azerbaijan did not support Turkey in connection with the adoption of the law in the French Senate, which envisages the criminal prosecution of individuals denying the fictional "Armenian genocide".
He added that Azerbaijan was and will always be close to Turkey since the issue of adopting the law criminalizing the denial of so-called "Armenian genocide" has been initiated.
Turkey's official circles appreciate the brotherly and friendly relations with Azerbaijan and its support, Hasanov said.
He also touched on France's withdrawal from the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship.
"Turkey is a member of the Minsk Group," he said. "It took the initiative to withdraw France from the Group. In any case, Turkey will raise this issue to be considered at a regular meeting of the Minsk Group. Azerbaijan's official circles discuss the measures that can be taken from a legal point of view."
After an eight-hour debate, the French Senate adopted the bill. Some 127 senators voted in favour, while 86 senators voted against on Jan.23.
The bill demands a year's imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euro for denying the so-called "Armenian genocide."
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of the Turkey - Ottoman Empire had committed the 1915 genocide against the Armenians living in Anadolu, and achieved recognition of the "Armenian Genocide" by the parliaments of several countries.