Russia Sees Contradiction in Azeri Policy Statemen’s

MOSCOW (Itar-Tass)–The statement by Azeri President Haydar Aliyev on possible establishment of NATO military bases Azerbaijan contradicts announcemen’s by his adviser on foreign political affairs–state a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry Thursday in an interview with Itar-Tass.

The spokesman’said that "while the president noted that deployment of Turkish military bases in Azerbaijan is out of question–his adviser Vafa Guluzade said ‘It is necessary to deploy a NATO military base in Azerbaijan to oppose a Russian-Armenian alliance.’"

Aliyev stated that "there are no foreign bases in Azerbaijan. But speaking of a possibility of future plans–one should consider a slew of issue." For instance he claimed that the delivery of Russian weapons to Armenia provoked mistrust.

Close contacts between Baku and Ankara were confirmed by words of the two countries’ leaders.

"Turkey and Azerbaijan are two countries but one people," said Aliyev–while Turkish President Suleyman Demirel echoed that "Turks and Azeris are one people".

However–according to the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman–unity in appraising Russia’s role in strengthening peace and stability in the region was seen behind the "unity of people" concept.

For instance–Azerbaijan–speaking in unison with Turkey–as articulated by the latter’s defense minister Safar Abiev–that the deliveries of S-300 air defense missile systems to Armenia will lead "to the aggravation a military and political situation in the Caucasus."

Although the Turkish president called "speculative" reports about Azerbaijan’s request to deploy Turkish troops on its territory and to establish a NATO base there–it is probable that the situation in the Azeri republic can change in the near future.

It was not deemed coincidental that foreign troops have historically been placed close to oil reserves. "If we take into account that Baku and Ankara signed a military agreement back in 1996 and the agreement on strengthening strategic cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan in 1997–it becomes clear which army they will represent," the spokesman noted.


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