ArmInfo.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that the military exercises conducted by Iran along the border with Azerbaijan are unexpected.
"As for the military exercises held near our borders, this is a very unexpected event. Because there have been no such events in 30 years of our independence. First of all, I must say that every country has the right to conduct any military exercises on its territory. This is its sovereign right. Nobody can tell it anything. But when we analyze it in time frames, we see that this has never happened. Why now and why on our border? This question is not asked by me, but by the Azerbaijani society, " Aliyev noted, while wondering why the exercises in this area were not held during the period when the troops of the Artsakh Defense Army were stationed there. "Why were the exercises not organized when the Armenians were in Jrakan (Jabrayil), Kovsakan (Zangilan) and Varanda (Fizuli)? Why is this done after we "liberated" these lands and ended the 30-year occupation? These are fair questions. Of course, we We want the region not to have a situation that could strike a blow to long-term cooperation. Once again, I want to note that Azerbaijan is acting very responsibly and balanced here. I hope that the emotional reaction to our lawful steps is temporary, "Aliyev said in interview with Anadol.
At the same time, he touched upon the problems encountered by Iranian trucks on the Goris-Karpan road, 21 km of which is now under the control of Azerbaijan. Aliyev Jr. expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that Iranian trucks were allegedly leaving for Stepanakert.
"This is not the first case when Iranian trucks "illegally" enter Karabakh. Trucks with the Iranian license plate entered there regularly. We knew about this. But, of course, there was no such specific information as now. However, this process continued. After the end of the war, the Lachin corridor is now in our field of vision," he said, adding that he instructed the staff of the Presidential Administration to talk with the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan and put an end to this. He also said that Azerbaijan has officially issued a diplomatic note, the Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"He was complained and asked to put an end to it. It happened in mid-August. We hoped that it would end. But in the period from August 11 to September 11, about 60 Iranian trucks illegally left for Karabakh.
To prevent this, we switched to the first time - a verbal warning, the second - an official note, the third - checkpoints, customs, border, police. Thus, we began to control the road passing through the territory of Azerbaijan, and then the number of trucks heading to Karabakh, has dropped to zero. Whether it was necessary to bring to this?, "Aliyev asked, while assuring Iran that the Artsakh market was not important, for the sake of which Tehran should have spoiled relations with Baku.
At the same time, he added that Iranian trucks must pay duties when driving along the section of the Goris- Kapan road.
To note, last week Iran, in response to the problems with the transit of goods through Armenia, caused by Azerbaijan, pulled troops to the Azerbaijani-Iranian border. Officially, Iran has conducted surprise military exercises using all types of ground and air weapons. Against this background, Turkey also deployed its weapons on the border with the Islamic Republic, and Bayraktar TB2 drones began to patrol the airspace along the border. Also, the topic of South Azerbaijan returned to the information space - the territory in the northwestern part of Iran with the center in the city of Tabriz, inhabited by ethnic Azerbaijanis.