Leyla Abdullayeva: Successful development of Azerbaijani-Russian relations seriously worries some individuals in Russian MFA

Fri 11 Jan 2019 17:04 GMT | 21:04 Local Time

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Serious problems, which have recently emerged in Armenian-Russian relations and, on the contrary, the successful development of Azerbaijani-Russian relations (last year alone, the presidents of the two countries met six times), apparently, worries some individuals in the Russian Foreign Ministry, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Leyla Abdullayeva told Trend Jan. 11.

She was commenting on the remarks made by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova about the non-admission of citizens of the Russian Federation of Armenian origin to the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic.

The comment reads as follows:

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation is well aware that for many years Armenia has pursued a policy of aggression against Azerbaijan, as a result of which the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and seven adjacent administrative regions were occupied, more than one million people were subjected to ethnic cleansing and became refugees and forced immigrants. As a result of the Khojaly genocide committed by the Armenian armed forces on February 26, 1992, 613 civilians, including young children, women and the elderly, were brutally killed. The four resolutions of the UN Security Council in 1993 (No. 822, 853, 874 and 884) reflect the demand for the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian occupying forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and the return of those forcibly expelled from these territories to their native lands. The Russian Federation, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, voted for the adoption of these resolutions. However, for over 25 years the requirements of these resolutions have not been fulfilled and the Azerbaijani lands continue to be under occupation.

Azerbaijan is known worldwide as a center of multiculturalism. Azerbaijan, unlike Armenia, is a multinational state. Representatives of many nations, including Armenian, live together in peace and harmony in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Currently, more than 30,000 citizens of Azerbaijan of Armenian origin live in our country. While Armenia is a mono-ethnic state.

The efforts and activities of Azerbaijan in this direction have always been highly appreciated by Russia in the framework of numerous bilateral meetings at the level of heads of state. At a time when restrictions on children of Armenian origin in education in Russian-speaking schools are applied in Armenia, there are more than 340 Russian-language educational institutions in Azerbaijan. In Armenia, such schools can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Azerbaijan is always open for citizens of Russia. Only in 2018, 880,000 Russian citizens visited our country, and there were no complaints from them about the subject concerned. The overwhelming majority of Russian citizens were pleased with their visit and expressed gratitude for the hospitality. I would like to note that among the visitors were citizens of Russia of Armenian origin. At the same time, not only the citizens of Russia of Armenian origin, but also the citizens of Armenia participated in international events, sports competitions and cultural events held in Azerbaijan, and they had no problems.

Unfortunately, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation is not the first time to make statements that are contrary to the spirit of bilateral strategic relations. Against the background of the development of Azerbaijani-Russian relations, this statement and attempts to inflate some particular case, having pulled it out of the general context, are another manifestation of the general trend we have indicated. Apparently, the recent emergence of serious problems in Armenian-Russian relations and, on the contrary, the successful development of Azerbaijani-Russian relations (last year alone, the Presidents of the two countries met 6 times) seriously worried individuals in the Russian Foreign Ministry. A representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that "the Azerbaijani side promised that this situation would be corrected." We strongly refute this. Azerbaijani-Russian relations are based on equality, and the expression “correct the situation” contradicts the essence of equal bilateral relations

We are convinced that the next provocative and anti-Azerbaijani statement by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry will not have a negative impact on relations between Azerbaijan and Russia. Azerbaijani-Russian relations are determined not by the foreign affairs agencies, but by the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia, and both sides are very interested in developing these relations and are making efforts in this direction."




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