Turkish Anadolu news agency publishes interview with Azerbaijani MP Sevil Mikayilova on Azerbaijani-Turkish relations

Turkish Anadolu news agency publishes interview with Azerbaijani MP Sevil Mikayilova on Azerbaijani-Turkish relations

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug. 11

Trend:

Recent large-scale military drills between Turkey and Azerbaijan demonstrated the power, courage, and defense capabilities of their armed forces, according to an Azerbaijani lawmaker, Trend reports referring to Anadolu.

"Military partnership constitutes an important vector of the Azerbaijan-Turkey strategic cooperation," Sevil Mikayilova, an Azerbaijani parliamentarian, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview in the wake of recent Armenian attacks on Azerbaijani border points.

Calling the 13-day joint military exercises – which ended on Monday – a "source of pride" for both nations, Mikayilova said the drills, which included the air and ground forces, were not the first of their kind, as the two countries have been holding such exercises on a regular basis since 2015, sometimes along with neighboring Georgia.

The cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey is not directed against any other country or group, she stressed, calling them cooperation "for the sake of peace and partnership" springing from the two states’ historical and cultural roots and ethnic identity.

'Fraternal' ally

"For Azerbaijan, Turkey is the closest ally and fraternal country," Mikayilova said.

She underlined that Ankara has always supported Baku’s "fair position" on resolving the Upper Karabakh issue between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

"We are grateful to fraternal Turkey for the immediate support demonstrated during the last attacks," she said.

Upper Karabakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan, has been under illegal Armenian occupation since 1991.

"Turkey has many times stated that they regard the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as a national matter, and Ankara would never change its position on this problem."

Relations between the two brotherly countries are seen as "exemplary worldwide" and are developing at a high level in almost every sphere, she said.

Unity between Azerbaijan and Turkey lays the groundwork for all regional cooperation formats, Mikayilova said, adding that this unity promotes regional peace and cooperation.

Border tension

Following the recent skirmishes on the frontier, there is currently "a relative calm" on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, but overall, the situation remains "highly tense," she said.

The lawmaker highlighted that frequent armistice breaches on the line of contact are another "source of tension" showing how "fragile" the cease-fire agreement is.

"So we feel a colossal threat to our western borders from the side of Armenia, and a war could flare up any moment due to Armenia’s unpredictable behavior and provocations."

Last month, Armenia attacked Azerbaijani troops in the northwestern Tovuz border region. At least 12 Azerbaijani soldiers – including two senior officers – were martyred, and another four soldiers were wounded. A 76-year-old Azerbaijani civilian also lost his life.

Azerbaijan accused Armenia of taking “provocative” actions, and Turkey warned that it would not hesitate to stand against any kind of attack on Azerbaijan.

Aims behind attack

The recent attacks on Azerbaijani positions in Tovuz were not random but had "precise aims," said Mikayilova.

First of all, the attacks greatly jeopardized major energy and transport routes as well as strategic pipelines leading to Europe via Turkey which run through the Tovuz region, she said.

Secondly, she said, through the provocation, Armenia’s political leadership sought to distract the Armenian pubic from its ongoing social and political crisis.

"Armenia is still unable to localize largely spreading coronavirus pandemics; bad government administration ultimately resulted in a deep state power crisis."

Also, the provocation served as a tool for Armenia to test the "outward response" to its illegal actions and gauge international support, she said.

"For instance, Armenian attacks were committed on the eve of a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization [CSTO] timed to be held the next day, July 13,” she said, referring to a military alliance of six post-Soviet states, including Russia.

“So Armenia’s political leadership tried to check how firm its basis in the organization is and whether it can rely on the CSTO," she said.

But, she explained, the group’s neutral statement frustrated Yerevan, as did many other organizations and countries urging Armenia to stop its aggression.

Upper Karabakh conflict

Mikayilova stressed that the unresolved Upper Karabakh conflict is a threat to regional security and that frequent cease-fire breaches on the line of contact and official border between Armenia and Azerbaijan should raise alarms.

She said over the last quarter-century the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group has been "quite an ineffective platform" for resolving the conflict.

Co-chaired by France, Russia, and the US, the OSCE Minsk Group was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but has never shown any results.

"The OSCE Minsk Group failed to create an available mechanism or initiate any proposal to push the peace diplomacy from the deadlock. Organizing talks between the conflicting sides just for the sake of talks and making a declarative statement just for the sake of a statement could not change the status quo in the negotiation process," she said.

Mikayilova urged the group to impose "strict sanctions" on the aggressor country – Armenia – to fulfill its international obligations.

"The OSCE Minsk Group needs to distinguish an aggressor country from a country subjected to aggression."

Four UN Security Council and two UN General Assembly resolutions as well as decisions by many international organizations demand the withdrawal of the occupying Armenian forces from Upper Karabakh and seven other occupied regions of Azerbaijan.

Armenians also recently attacked diplomatic representatives of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis holding peaceful demonstrations in the US and European countries.

These assaults on people protesting Armenia’s attacks on Azerbaijan were a "brutal manifestation of national hatred and intolerance," Mikayilova said.

Such "provocations blended with terror elements" seen recently in several countries should be a wake-up call to law enforcement bodies of these states, as these posed "real threats to security systems" on both the global and national level, she said.

The first such large-scale attack happened on July 21 in Los Angeles – with half a million Armenians, a hub for the diaspora – where a large group of Armenians attacked and injured a much smaller group of Azerbaijanis peacefully protesting Armenian aggression.

This incident was followed by a number of provocations staged against representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora and diplomatic missions in Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia.

"This shows that Armenian Nazism has been stretching all over the world and knocks on the door of other nations,” said Mikayilova.

“Armenia should give up their Turkophobic aspirations and stop aggression against Azerbaijanis.”

Kyrgyzstan reports 81 new COVID-19 cases
Kyrgyzstan reports 81 new COVID-19 cases
Israel ready to deepen bilateral relations with Kyrgyzstan
Israel ready to deepen bilateral relations with Kyrgyzstan
Kazakhstan decreases export to Kyrgyzstan amid COVID-19
Kazakhstan decreases export to Kyrgyzstan amid COVID-19
Loading Bars
Latest
Wood Mackenzie: Azerbaijan’s contribution to Europe’s energy supply only set to grow
President Ilham Aliyev, first lady Mehriban Aliyeva view new ambulances delivered to Azerbaijan
Apple harvest started in several regions of Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan, India enhance cooperation in nuclear energy field
In Tel Aviv COVID-19 ward, warnings of dwindling hospital capacity
Fruits and vegetables export in Uzbekistan decrease
German economy to shrink by 5.2% this year, grow by 5.1% next year
Azerbaijan's imports of French products declines
Iran's Tehran Oil Refining Company to expand gasoline production
Network of greenhouses expanding in Turkmenistan’s Dashoguz region
Peach export in Uzbekistan up
Azerbaijani oil prices show decline
Ukraine's imports of electrical goods from Turkey surges
Turkmenistan developing digitalization in trade system
Georgia reports 218 new cases of COVID-19
Second unit of Qeshm TPP connected to Iran's electricity network
FM: Turkey always next to Azerbaijan in its just struggle
EBRD to assess investment requirements in Georgia
India's new coronavirus infections at lowest in almost a month
Azerbaijani currency rates for September 22
Iranian currency rates for September 22
Turkmenistan, Afghanistan discuss construction of Akina-Andkhoy, Turgundi-Herat railways
UNEC brand is recognized in 10 countries
Turkey's President: Connivance towards Armenian attacks on Azerbaijani lands - real example of hypocrisy in world
Production of chemical, petrochemical products in Iran spikes
Weekly review of Georgian capital markets (Sept.14 - Sept.18)
COVID-19 to impact oil & gas deals’ activities in short-term
Turkish export of cars to France spikes
Iran boosts manufacturing of several industrial products
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan put forward number of proposals for expanding co-op
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for September 22
Global diesel market to remain oversupplied deep into 2020s
Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 33 times
Azerbaijan's AzInTelecom improving cloud technologies (PHOTO)
Intel gets U.S. licence to supply some products to Huawei
5G technology to improve four areas in oil and gas industry
Georgian MP: Armed attack on Azerbaijan to have catastrophic consequences for Armenia
Iran is expected to increase oil production
Turkey records 1,743 new COVID-19 cases, 1,202 recoveries
Salome Zurabishvili addressed world leaders at UN high-level meeting
Iran, Qatar urge enhancing bilateral ties
Int'l Road Transport Union supports transport infrastructure digitalization in Uzbekistan
67 COVID-19 infections reported in Kazakhstan over past day
Mexico surpasses 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Fifteen more coronavirus patients die in Moscow in past day
Huawei plans more cuts to jobs, investment in Australia
Trump to 'cut off' TikTok if deal cannot be saved
Tunisian PM decides to step up security campaigns to combat COVID-19
EU adopts new rules for state aid to reduce carbon emissions
Kazakhstan doubles crude oil exports to Croatia, Lithuania in 1H2020
Turkey sets global example with online therapy sessions to combat COVID-19 woes
Azerbaijani president: We launched broad political dialogue initiative several months ago
Tajikistan, Uzbekistan eye to increase freight traffic between two countries
President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan’s economy developed rapidly, and its GDP tripled in last 17 years
FM Zarif due in Moscow soon
Azerbaijani president: Policy of "Azerbaijanophobia" prevailing in Armenia, hatred against Azerbaijani people instilled in young generation
Azerbaijani president: Armenia deliberately targets civilian population, perpetrates provocations along Line of Contact and Armenia-Azerbaijan border
Azerbaijani president: Development of democracy and human rights protection among top priorities of our government
President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan plays important role in promotion of dialogue of cultures
President Ilham Aliyev: Thanks to undertaken measures, situation with COVID-19 remained under control in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani president: Aggressive rhetoric and provocations of Armenia show that Armenia is preparing for new aggression against Azerbaijan
President Ilham Aliyev: Glorification of Nazism is state policy in Armenia
President Ilham Aliyev: Prime Minister of Armenia deliberately undermines format and substance of negotiation process
Azerbaijani president: Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated once again significance of multilateralism
Azerbaijani president: Role of UN in global economic governance should be strengthened
Brazil's COVID-19 death toll reaches 136,895
Georgia decreases import of cement from Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani president: Armenian PM deliberately undermines format and substance of negotiation process
Greece reports 453 new coronavirus infections, new daily record
Uzbekistan boosts gold share in total export
Ukraine's Ukrtransnafta sends out offers for selling Azerbaijani oil
Turkey’s Travel Agencies Union, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce join forces for tourism
Azerbaijani president: Today more than ever the world today needs respect for international law
President: Armenia’s aggressive rhetoric, provocations show that it is preparing for new aggression against Azerbaijan
President Aliyev: Thanks to undertaken measures, situation with COVID-19 remains under control
Azerbaijani president: Development of democracy, human rights protection - among top gov't priorities
Iran's oil, gas fields under research studies by local universities
Restoration of Albanian Church, rights of Udi people – Azerbaijan’s contribution to dev't of world civilization
Azerbaijani president, NAM chairman makes speech at high-level meeting to mark 75th anniversary of United Nations in video format (PHOTO)
Kazakhstan’s Trade House to open in Azerbaijan
More people in Iran applying for national housing plan
Fuel smuggling from Iran to Afghanistan down
IMF: Banking system of Georgia enters COVID-19 shock well-capitalized
Georgia reduces gas import from Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani, Moldovan FMs exchange views on issues on bilateral co-op agenda over phone
Regular flights between Georgia and Greece to be resumed
Iran's Chabahar Port receives cargo ships from India, UAE
Bibi Heybat to become new tourist destination in Baku (PHOTO)
Georgia decreases imports of oil, petroleum oils from Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan confirms 81 more COVID-19 recoveries
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale September 22
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price starts to fall
Measures to improve investment climate mulled over in Azerbaijan
Iran declares amount of euros returned to country's economy by exporters
Revenue from maritime cargo transportation surges in Kazakhstan
Azerbaijan increases import of beer from Georgia
Motor fuel production down in Uzbekistan
Kazakhstan's Air Astana opens tender for power networks laying
Speaker of Azerbaijan’s Parliament arrives in Russia (PHOTO)
Joint industrial park between Azerbaijan and Iran to contribute to development of region
All news