Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 7
By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:
Deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Konstantin Zatulin has always been distinguished by his anti-Azerbaijan position, chairman of the Azerbaijani Press Council, MP Aflatun Amashov, told Trend.
Amashov commented on Zatulin’s recent statement regarding Azerbaijan.
“This position can be called Armenian lobbying,” he said. “Such Zatulin’s words as “if military operations begin in Nagorno-Karabakh region, this will lead to the collapse of Azerbaijan” is an absurd product of political adventurism.”
"It is known that Zatulin’s statements have no influence on the public assessment in Azerbaijan,” Amashov said. “He himself knows this very well. Moreover, these statements contradict the state policy of Russia. The main point is that Zatulin always appears in tense political moments."
“The April fights brought expectations and the scenarios of the Karabakh conflict by a number of Armenian and pro-Armenian ideologues to nothing,” he added.
"The generation who did not see Karabakh mainly fought in the battles, but it is clear that the new generation does not forget Karabakh,” Amashov added. “This aspect has sobered the Armenians. Therefore, Zatulin and people like him are striving to eliminate the atmosphere of fear in Armenian society."
He added that Azerbaijan constantly demonstrates its commitment to peace negotiations.
"If the war starts again, it will not be considered in the context of violation of the two countries’ negotiation process," Amashov said. “Of course, the reality has nothing in common with the adventurous views of Zatulin or other pro-Armenian people.”