Azeri Official Not Optimistic About Kazan Talks

Araz Azimov

BAKU—Azerbaijan’s deputy foreign minister said he was not optimistic about the outcome of an Armenian and Azeri presidential summit scheduled for later this month in the Russian city of Kazan.

“I do not have an optimistic view on what may happen in Kazan. I do not expect an agreement on basic principles in Kazan but I expect some more clarity on the most critical issues,” the deputy foreign minister, Araz Azimov told Reuters.

He said he hoped for more clarity at a meeting on June 25 of the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Russian city of Kazan on the conflic.

“We are not interested in war. Since we see the diplomatic possibilities, why should we think about war?” claimed Azimov adding that Azerbaijan was not equipping its army for war against Armenia, brushing aside comments from its defesce ministry this month that it would “liberate the occupied land from the enemy”.

“Who said that Azerbaijan should have a weak army? It’s good to have a good army and it’s better not to use it. This is the principle that we enjoy, explained Azimov.


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  1. Edward Demian said:

    Sure, spend all your money on weapons. In 20 years, the oil will be gone, and the tanks and guns and planes, will all be rusted. Once again Azerbaidjian will return to being a one donkey town, or a two sheep culture, while the Alievs will probably be living on the French riviera with al their millions. Wake up Azerbaidjian. Depose the tirant Aliev clan, and choose Democracy. Democratic countries never start wars. The alternative is to have your sons freeze and die in the Karabagh mountains, so a few sheepherders could enjoy more pasture land. There is no Gold, no Silver, no Oil, just death for the aggressors. Karabagh is of no use to anyone but the Armenians who have learned to turn stone into bread. Send your chilldren there and their bones will wind up ground to dust. And for what?