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Azerbaijani president’s decision not to join Riga summit explained - EXCLUSIVE

President Ilham Aliyev has refused to attend the Riga summit in response to the ongoing anti-Azerbaijan campaign

Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov have reportedly warned Malena Mard, the head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, of such a possibility in advance

 

Baku – APA. The reason behind Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s decision not to attend the Riga summit has been revealed. 

 

Such a decision from President Aliyev lies in the West’s recent tendentious campaigns against Azerbaijan and extensive anti-Azerbaijan activities of some NGOs run from various centers in Europe, diplomatic sources told APA.

 

According to information, the expansion of the “black PR” campaign against Azerbaijan – in close collaboration with some western powers which claim to be interested to develop strategic partnership ties with Azerbaijan – on the eve of the first European Games has triggered a reasonable uproar.

 

According to other information obtained by APA, Novruz Mammadov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, has recently met with Malena Mard, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, to express his protest against the European Parliament that began to intensify its anti-Azerbaijani campaign and demand the suspension of discussions scheduled for May 12 at the European Parliament.

 

The EU representative was also told that in case the discussions were not suspended, the Azerbaijani president will refuse to participate in the Riga summit.

 

According to diplomatic sources, the expansion of an anti-Azerbaijani sentiment makes a strategic partnership with the West impossible. The Azerbaijani government has received information that as on the eve of the 2012 Eurovision song contest, a few days before the first European Games, the European Parliament is going to adopt a new special resolution on Azerbaijan. Taking these factors into account, President Ilham Aliyev has refused to participate in the Riga summit.

 

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