BAKU (combined sources)–Azerbaijan again attempted to spread anti-Armenian propaganda at a CIS meeting of defense ministers held in Baku on Friday. Azeri efforts were met with swift and effective responses by the Armenian delegation at the meeting.
Azeri Defense Minister Safar Abiyev called on his counterparts from the CIS member countries to expel Armenia from the CIS Collective Security Agreement. Abiyev accused Armenia of occupying 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory–describing it as "an aggressor-country."
He said Armenia must immediately withdraw its troops from all "occupied" territories without any preconditions. Abiyev went on by calling Armenia a "terrorist" state which violates UN resolutions based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
Abiyev’s distortions were thwarted by General-Major Alexey Antonyan–who headed the Armenian delegation at the meeting. Antonyan said that Armenia wants a peaceful resolution to the Karabakh conflict. However–he stressed that Armenia is also prepared to take action against Azerbaijan if military operations are carried out by that country against Karabakh.
In regards to Russian involvement if hostilities were resumed–Antonyan said that decision would be left to the Russian leadership to make–since there exists a common defense pact between Armenia and Russia. Antonyan said that not all of the Russian forces from Georgia have arrived in Armenia yet.
It should be noted that Antonyan was the only official of the meeting participants who did not pay a visit to the monument dedicated to the Azerbaijanis who died in the Karabakh war.