Baku Wants Security Guarantees from NATO

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan with NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan with NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

BAKU (Eurasianet)–A senior Azerbaijani official said that Russia’s invasion of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aspirant Georgia means that Azerbaijan needs security guarantees from NATO in exchange for its partnership with the Alliance.

“A new bilateral agreement must be signed [between NATO and Azerbaijan] that will bind both sides to commitments and will provide security guarantees as events in Georgia have shown that verbal guarantees are not enough,” Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov told a November 19 conference on relations between NATO and its partners, the Kavkazsky Uzel news website reported.

Some NATO members are reportedly pushing for fast-track membership for Azerbaijan, which has recently stepped up its official interest in NATO cooperation. The energy-rich state has agreed to increase the number of peacekeeping troops it sends for NATO operations in Afghanistan to 90, and also to provide transit for non-military supplies related to the NATO campaign.

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  1. Frank said:

    Baku is aligning themselves with Nato and the West today.
    I thought that they were Turks and they were against the west.
    This does not make sense
    It does not look Azerbajanis have character
    If you dont have character then you are nothing
    If you dont stick to your prinicipals then you are a lost group
    We Armenians may not be perfect but we stick to our principals
    Yes we do have character

  2. Kiazer Souze said:

    That is wonderful, let them eat Khasigh in Afghanistan. After their oil runs out in 10 years, their milatery hardware is going to get old as well and they are going to be more and more dependant on Isreal to sell them hardware. Let them kill each other. It means one less scum Turk in this world.

    Their path is on a decline. They have no inovations, no science, and no art and they are going to be bankrupt soon. They are going to the scrap heap of nations. But, what I really like is the fact that deep down in their heads, they know Armenians will make Bosnia look like a picnic if the opportunity presents itself.

    An old wise man told me once that if you are going to pull out a gun, make sure it is loaded and you are going to shoot; otherwise, you are going to end up dead.

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