Russian lawmaker Konstantin Zatulin, who is a marionette of Armenia and its lobby, is deeply worried about the strategic partnership and good neighborliness between Azerbaijan and Russia as well as the traditional friendship between the two peoples, Hikmat Hajiyev, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesperson, told APA.
He was commenting on Russian lawmaker Konstantin Zatulin’s recent statement that Nagorno-Karabakh would never be returned to Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijan-Russia military cooperation must be in favor of Armenia.
Hajiyev noted that the concern and frustration of Zatulin, who is poorly informed about the comprehensive development of the partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia, will grow even more.
He added that there are numerous and large-scale new projects and initiatives aimed at the further development of overall cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia for the benefit of the two countries’ peoples.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.