Azerbaijani MFA comments on statement of EU Spokesperson on release of Armenian servicemen
- 30 January 2021
Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has commented on the statement of the Spokesperson of the European Union on the release of Armenian servicemen, MFA told APA.
EU Spokesperson's issuance of a statement on the release of five Armenian servicemen is surprising. As it is known, Azerbaijani captives Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev were kept hostages for about 7 years by Armenia and the EU demonstrated an indifferent attitude to this situation.
"We would like to emphasize that any statement has not been issued, any attitude has not been demonstrated by the EU until today on Armenia's targeting Azerbaijan's civilian people by using Smerch missile during the latest military operations, killing of more than 100 civilians, as well as missing of more than 4,000 people in total during the I Karabakh War.
We would like to remind the EU side that 62 people, who were purposefully deployed in Azerbaijan's territories, liberated from occupation, are not military hostages. They are Armenian military servicemen, who were sent to Azerbaijani territories nearly 20 days after the war, signing of the trilateral statement on the suspension of military operations. They intervened in the territories, where there was Azerbaijani Army. As a result of the terror acts, committed by this terrorist-saboteur group, Azerbaijani servicemen Turan Aliyev, Rahil Akbarov, Hajirza Rzayev, Ragib Azizov were killed, one civilian Seymur Rzayev was seriously injured.
These persons are not military hostages according to either humanitarian law, or any convention, According to the relevant legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, these persons, who committed terror acts, were brought to responsibility and their investigation is continued.
EU Official's speaking with Azerbaijan in this style is unacceptable. Azerbaijan just accepts relations with equal rights. Those, who attempt to speak with Azerbaijan in this way, will face an adequate response.
We would like to note that this unilateral approach, based o biased standards, can damage EU relations with Azerbaijan," noted the MFA.