Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 15
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Russia is jeopardizing Azerbaijan's territorial integrity by supporting Armenia, said Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during a visit to Ukraine Feb. 15.
He further said Russia is currently seeking to promote its interests in the region, as well as in the Middle East.
"Russia must understand that the Soviet Union collapsed long ago and Moscow's actions greatly harm the interests of Russian people as well," added Davutoglu.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.