Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said relations between Baku and Moscow are at a high level.
According to the President, Azerbaijan treats Russia as a strategic partner,
“Today, cooperation with Russia on many platforms is at a very high level. We treat each other as a strategic partner, which is reflected in the signed documents. In this case, Russia shows itself as a big and responsible country. There are positive reports from Russia, its statements are restrained,” Aliyev said on the air of Turkish TV channel “TRT Haber”.
He stated that Yerevan plans to involve Russia in the conflict in Karabakh through CSTO.
“Armenia strikes at Azerbaijan from the territory of Armenia itself. In order for us to strike back on the territory of Armenia, so that Armenia, in turn, applies to the CSTO, particularly Russia, for help,” Aliyev said.
The head of state also criticized the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron, who earlier called on Baku to a ceasefire in Karabakh. The French leader also accused Turkey of aggravating the situation in the region.
Aliyev underlined that some statements of Makron concerning Azerbaijan and Turkey were “unacceptable”.
“It is as if France is withdrawing itself from the OSCE Minsk Group,” Aliyev said.
Earlier the heads of Russia, France, and the USA, OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, issued a joint statement on the situation in Karabakh. Putin, Makron, and Trump called on the conflict parties to immediately cease fire and conclude a peace agreement without conditions.
The situation on the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on the morning of September 27. The unrecognized republic said that the Azerbaijani army had opened fire on its territory, including the capital Stepanakert. There have been casualties among the civilian population.
Baku and Yerevan blame each other for the escalation. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claims that the Armenian side started shelling, while the Azerbaijani forces only carry out a counteroffensive operation. According to Yerevan, Karabakh was subjected to air and missile strikes by Azerbaijan, which received support from Turkey.
All parties to the conflict declared full or partial mobilization. The world community, including Russia, calls the opposing sides for restraint.