"We reached the goal. Our goal was to restore our territorial integrity. We achieved this and won a military victory. We liberated these lands not by negotiations, but by military means, by shedding blood, giving martyrs, and restoring justice," said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the press conference held in a videoformat for local and foreign journalists, APA reports.
Mr. President Aliyev emphasized that Azerbaijan took revenge on the enemy for our martyrs on the battlefield: "The activity of foreign soldiers in Azerbaijan is temporary. These soldiers are on a special mission. This does not mean a military base. Russia's peacekeeping forces are carrying out a peacekeeping mission here, and I think they are doing it successfully. Sometimes certain problems arise. But in general, the performance of Russian peacekeeping forces can be considered satisfactory. Their activity here is intended for 5 years. If after 5 years Azerbaijan shows a different opinion on this issue, of course, their activities will be terminated. At the same time, the launch of the Turkish-Russian Joint Monitoring Center is a very important step. This is an important factor in maintaining the stability of our region.
Sometimes, inaccurate assumptions are made about the activities of the Russian peacekeeping mission in the world, as well as in Azerbaijan. Their presence in Azerbaijan today will play a positive role in the return of the Azerbaijani people to the liberated lands. Because the sending of the Armenian sabotage group to the liberated lands shows this. Therefore, I think their activity is positive. I am confident that this activity will continue. However, the location of any other foreign forces in the territory of Azerbaijan is not a subject of discussion."