Azerbaijani Defense Minister: “The statement issued by the commander of the Russian military base in Armenia should be officially responded”

Azerbaijani Defense Minister: “The statement issued by the commander of the Russian military base in Armenia should be officially responded”
# 04 November 2013 14:08 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. Minister of Defense, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has received the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs James Warlick (USA), Jacques Faure (France), Igor Popov (Russia) and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.

The Defense Ministry’s press service told APA that the guests expressed their impressions on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and the current situation on the contact line of the troops. At the same time, they congratulated Zakir Hasanov on his appointment as defense minister.

Minister Zakir Hasanov spoke about the continuation of the occupation of the Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, the problems of refugees and IDPs and noted that steps taken by the international organizations towards the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict had not produced results.

Mentioning the speech made by the commander of the military base #102 of Russia in Armenia, the minister noted the importance of giving official response to it.

In his turn, Russian co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov promised that this issue would be investigated, he did not rule out misunderstanding.

Following this, the Minister emphasized wide opportunities in the military buildup of Azerbaijan, activities towards the establishment of the modern Armed Forces and said that the Azerbaijani side supports peaceful liberation of the occupied territories, the people wouldn’t reconcile with the fact of occupation and maintains the right to release the territories.

First Deputy Defense Minister, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, Colonel-General Nejmeddin Sadikov also attended the meeting.

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