Azerbaijan’s foreign policy has never been opposed to third countries
February 22, 2022 4:05 p.m. (UTC+04:00)
By Ayya Lmahamad
In light of recent events between Russia and Ukraine, some social media users are drawing illogical parallels between the latest developments and the statement on Allied cooperation to be signed during Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s visit to Moscow, reported the Baku-based Day.az news site. noted.
He pointed out that people should not ignore a number of facts related to Azerbaijan when forming unfounded theories.
Day.az underlines that Azerbaijan, as an active member but also as the president of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), has never concluded agreements that would be directed against third countries.
It should be noted that Azerbaijan has been working hard for a long time to establish itself as a key economic and political center in the region.
“Only the fact that the country is referred to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, according to various estimates, indicates that Azerbaijan is at the intersection of a large number of different geopolitical interests, that sometimes don’t match,” the news site said. Noted.
Under such circumstances, “choosing a side” is clearly not on the country’s agenda, as it would significantly reduce Azerbaijan’s attractiveness as a hub.
Azerbaijan always conducts its foreign policy in accordance with its national interests and establishes good-neighbourly relations with other countries on the basis of mutual benefit.
Relations between the country and Russia and Ukraine are developing in the spirit of genuine friendship, mutual respect and trust.
As for the signing of the declaration on allied cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia, it was reported that the document has been in preparation since the middle of last year.
Also, President Ilham Aliyev said in his New Year address to the nation that Russian-Azerbaijani relations will reach new heights. Therefore, the signing of this declaration cannot be called unexpected.
A similar document on allied relations, known as the Shusha Declaration, was signed last year in Shusha by Azerbaijan and Turkey.
“Thus, the signing and declaration between Azerbaijan and Russia is a matter of purely bilateral relations between our friendly countries. Russian-Azerbaijani relations are developing in the logic of the regional concept, which Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin defined and agreed on for the long term,” the website notes.
Day.az also pointed out that in the process of reformatting the system of international relations, Russian-Azerbaijani strategic cooperation, as key architects of the new geopolitical reality in the region, is of particular importance.
On February 21, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva arrived in Russia for an official visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The signing of the declaration of allied relations between the two countries is expected during the visit.
On February 21, Vladimir Putin recognized the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Lugansk People’s Republic” and signed documents of friendship and mutual assistance with the so-called “DPR” and “LPR”.
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