Duma Denounces Azeri Calls for US Military Bases

MOSCOW (Itar-Tass)–Russia’s State Duma voted overwhelmingly Thursday to adopt a resolution denouncing the statemen’s by some Azeri politicians on the possibility of establishing US military bases in Azerbaijan.

The Duma voted 281-1 with one abstention to express serious concern over the statemen’s on such a possibility.

The statemen’s "are viewed as the desire by certain political circles in Azerbaijan to review the geopolitical balance of forces–which historically emerged in the Caucasus–and turn the region into a zone of contest among outside forces." Russian lawmakers emphasized that the claims alleging Russia’s disruptive role in Transcaucasus and its participation in arming Armenia were groundless and speculative.

Azerbaijan is well aware that Russia does not supply weapons to Armenia–the document said.

The Duma "proceeds from the conviction that such statemen’s do not contribute to the betterment of relations between Moscow and Baku. The Russian deputies express hope that irresponsible statemen’s by certain politicians do not reflect the official position of the Azerbaijan leadership and the friendly Azeri people and expect them to be evaluated accordingly."

"Seeking to develop mutually beneficial and comprehensive cooperation with all Caucasus nations–the State Duma believes it should draw the attention of federal executive bodies–foremost the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry for CIS Issues to the necessity to step up Russian diplomatic efforts in Transcaucasus–aimed at pursuing balanced policy and preventing the events that could worsen the Russian-Azeri relations and upset the situation in this region," the statement said.

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