ArmInfo. President of Azerbaijan Illham Aliyev closely followed the recent CSTO summit in Astana, Aliyev himself said this at a meeting with the ambassador of Belarus in Azerbaijan Gennady Akhramovich, haqqin.az informs.
"We are not indifferent, and I think it can be understood. Armenia is the country that occupied the territory of Azerbaijan and of course, we are not indifferent, the representative of which country heads the CSTO, which is a military-political organization. Discussion of these issues between partners and friends is natural. We are discussing other issues of international politics, and this should not cause any kind of mania in Armenia. I consider the recent statements of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia to be totally unacceptable in international practice. The Foreign Ministry cannot comment on the actions and the words of the president of another country, all the more considered an ally, to call them incorrect. Such behavior by the Foreign Ministry of Armenia, which allows itself this kind of manifestations, is incorrect. Apparently this is the result of an inadequate perception of the world and itself on the world map, "Aliyev said.
At the same time, the Azerbaijani leader agreed that there are problems in the CSTO. Aliyev assured that this problem in the first place is Armenia itself. "Of course, we cautiously apprehended the appointment of a representative of Armenia for the post of CSTO Secretary General. First, because this state pursues a hostile policy towards Azerbaijan. Secondly, due to the identity of the candidate himself, who was brought to criminal liability for his actions. And here we have no doubt what qualities this person possessed and possesses. It is enough to recall the shameful behavior during clashes between the Azerbaijani and Armenian armies, which ended in a bitter defeat for the Armenian one. The army, which was led by the former CSTO Secretary General. In other words, the very appointment of such a person to such an important international organization as the CSTO was to some extent discretization of this organization. But how this man was expelled with criminal prosecution is unique event in international practice. When an international official is thus brought to justice and no notification has been received to member states. Therefore, I want to say again that if there is a problem in the CSTO, then this is Armenia, "said Aliyev. To note, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belarus Latif Gandilov told about the details of the CSTO summit in Astana. This caused a negative reaction from Yerevan. Thus, on November 13, at the press conference in Yerevan, the press secretary of the Armenian Foreign Ministry Anna Naghdalyan touched upon the discussion of the Belarusian president's issues with the ambassador of Azerbaijan on the internal agenda of the CSTO and the correctness of this step from the point of view of Yerevan, especially considering that the issues were discussed unfriendly to Armenia. In particular she said: "Armenia considers the CSTO as a platform for discussing the interests of six countries. These kinds of phenomena indicate that there are problems within the organization that need to be addressed. Yerevan considers that this kind of discussion is incorrect. "