Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 18
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Azerbaijan is much stronger today than it was in 1990s of the last century, said Arastun Mehdiyev, the deputy head of the public and political issues department at the presidential administration of Azerbaijan.
Mehdiyev made the remarks addressing a meeting of the National Council of Elders Jan. 18.
He said the processes taking place in the world have not bypassed Azerbaijan.
"Azerbaijan is a part of the world, so these processes have also affected our country to a certain extent," he said. "There is nothing surprising."
Mehdiyev also said Azerbaijan is taking actions to eliminate the effects of the crisis.
"The joint efforts of the country and people will make it possible to cope with these difficult issues," he said.
Mehdiyev added that some forces, seeking to make Azerbaijan waive its independent policy, are trying to take advantage of the situation.
"They are supported by representatives of the "fifth column", who are also trying to abuse the situation," said the official.
"But in this situation, Azerbaijani elders have their say, and they lead the society and the youth in the right direction. I believe that through joint efforts we won't allow these forces realize their nefarious intentions," added Mehdiyev.