Baku, Azerbaijan, June 1
The mandate of the OSCE Azerbaijan Project Coordinator Alexis Shakhtakhtinsky was suspended, Novruz Mammadov, the deputy head of the Azerbaijani presidential administration, chief of the administration's foreign relations department, said.
"I have learnt that the OSCE Azerbaijan Project Coordinator A. Shakhtakhtinsky's mandate was suspended," Mammadov tweeted June 1.
"According to diplomatic circles, the position of the U.S. Representative to the OSCE was the main reason," he said in another tweet.
Mammadov added that the US Representative to the OSCE Daniel Baer rebuked Shakhtakhtinsky for posing in a picture next to Azerbaijan's president.
"Apparently, if Mr. Shakhtakhtinsky had posed next to Ambassador Baer his future career would have been more successful," Mammadov further said.