"A new reality has emerged in the world after the war. We have created this reality, the people of Azerbaijan have. We have shown our determination and strength. Yes, we were waiting. Life has shown that we chose the right moment. We could have counterattacked when there was a provocation against us on the border in July. But I stopped the counterattack then. We drove the Armenians out of our lands, reached the border and did not cross it," said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the ceremony to give out apartments to families of martyrs and war disabled in the residential complex in Ramana settlement, Baku on February 25, APA reports.
"They wanted to provoke us to do so. They wanted to provoke us. If I had not stopped our army then and if we had crossed into Armenia in July, the situation would have been different. As a matter of fact, they were provoking us to this. Missiles fired from Armenia led to the destruction of Ganja, Barda, Tartar, Goranboy, Naftalan, Aghdam and Fuzuli districts. One of the missiles fired by them reached Khizi. Notice the distance between Khizi and the zone of military action. Therefore, there were these provocative plans, but the right moment was chosen and the right steps were taken. We destroyed the Armenian army in 44 days, shattering the myths they had been creating over the centuries. We have shown that the people of Azerbaijan are victorious. We have shown that the people of Azerbaijan are combatant. They were on their knees before us. They have never been in such a bad situation. Should someone have punished them or not? They are challenging the whole world. They are putting forward unreasonable demands to the whole world. It looks as if everyone is obliged to help them, to feed them, to give them a drink, to provide them with weapons. They cling to the bodies of countries of the world like a leech. They occupied our lands, left people homeless and destroyed our historical sites and mosques. Then they went on to say that this is Armenian land. Should someone have punished them or not? Should someone have put them on their knees or not? We did that. It is a historic victory, a historic achievement. I want to say again that we have won this victory at the expense of the blood of our martyrs. Martyrs live and will live forever in our hearts. May Allah grant you patience. You, mothers and fathers, have raised remarkable people for our people and our state. Those people did not live long, but they have become immortal and written their names in the glorious history of the Azerbaijani people forever," noted the President.