Azerbaijan grateful to all friendly, brotherly countries in this difficult period - president
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 6
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all other friendly and brotherly countries, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said in his interview to TRT Haber (News) TV channel, Trend reports.
“After Turkey, the second country that supported us was Pakistan, then Afghanistan, and then several other countries. I thank each of them, the presidents of those countries. In this difficult period, of course, their solidarity and support is very important for us and gives us moral strength,” the head of state said.
“Russia is our neighbor. Our relations with Russia are developing successfully. Today, the relations between Russia and Azerbaijan are at a very high level in many areas. Both countries view this relationship as a strategic partnership, which is confirmed by the joint agreements. Russia acts as a very responsible and large country. Positive messages are coming from Russia, and support for any party is not a topic of discussion. However, Armenia had high hopes for that," said the president.
President Aliyev said that Armenia's goal in taking the conflict out of the region is to engage Russia.
"Why is Armenia currently attacking Azerbaijan from the territory of Armenia? Exactly to make us strike back, so that they could appeal to the general secretariat of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, of which they are a member together with Russia and other countries, and say that Azerbaijan is attacking us, come and help us," he said.
"Why did they commit this provocation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in July? Tovuz is located far from the Karabakh region. What goals did they have there – one goal was to make us launch an attack, cross the state border – as I said, we had such an opportunity – and then to ask the organization to come and fight with us against Azerbaijan. In other words, they want to involve Russia in this. This is yet another provocation, and I am sure it will not be successful,” Azerbaijani president said.