US Military Operations in Iran May Threat Economy Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku / Т corr E. Huseynly / Azerbaijani politicians have held different views on the United States' military operations in Iran and its armed forces in the Persian Gulf.
Politician Rustam Mammadov voiced his belief that should the United States begin military operations once again, Iran's ecological problems could occur within the region and in Azerbaijan in particular. Military operations could result in an increase in refugees, as well as tension in the region and reduce economic and commercial ties. Mammadov noted that Azerbaijan should remain neutral and maintain relations with Iran. The possibility of United States bombing Iran is over 50%.
Politician, Ilgar Mammadov, felt that the probability of an attack is very low as there is neither internal factor for it in the United States nor is the international community prepared. Furthermore, Iran has not reached the level of nuclear weapons. Mammadov noted that the situation in the United States and the region both will change before military operations begin. Events could influence Azerbaijan, depending on the situation. As long as the operations are not underway, Azerbaijan can join the international coalition which could lead to significant political changes in the country. The beginning of a war would prove that Iran does not have sufficient international assistance. If Washington decides to attack, it will have a more negative than positive effect.
Politician Leyla Aliyeva added that prior to operations in Iran, the United States should consult Iran's neighboring countries. Short-term military operations will not harm Azerbaijan; but a threat to refugees could take place. As the Azerbaijani economy is linked with Iran, economic difficulties will increase.