"Well, it’s difficult to say why, because in order to answer this question I must have enough facts. I can only have my opinion about that. You are absolutely right," President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said while responding to the question "I just improvise a question, because you suggested me. European Union just announced a package of almost 2 billion dollars to Armenia, close to 2 billion to Ukraine but only if I am not wrong 140 million euros to Azerbaijan. I mean, it’s a very big difference and why? What do you think is at the basis of this decision?" in an interview with the Italian "Il Sole 24 Ore" newspaper in Brussels on December 15, during his working visit to Brussels, APA reports.
"This is something which is a matter which surprised many observers, and of course, was a very unpleasant surprise for Azerbaijani population. Just want to clarify that the package to Armenia announced by European Commission is 2.6 billion dollars and to Azerbaijan as you mentioned 140 million. So the difference is almost 20 times. Is this fair? No. Is it based on the real demands of both countries? Of course, no. Even if we put aside the terrible devastation which Armenia created and committed on the liberated territories just if you take the number of people who live in both countries you will see that its difference is five times. Ten million against two in Armenia. Plus, during the years of occupation, the territory equal to the territory of Lebanon was totally destroyed, demolished and now foreigners and journalists, and visitors visit those areas and see with their own eyes the level of demolishes. Plus, according to our estimations, there are close to one million mines planted and the demining is very costly and takes a lot of time. In Armenia, nothing is destroyed. This country was not occupied, it was a country which occupied. The economy of Armenia physically cannot absorb this huge package. So, it’s very surprising. After it was announced, starting from this summer when president Michel visited Azerbaijan, we permanently discussed this issue, and we want a single standard approach. We want justice and of course, we ask for the same terms and conditions and for the same amount to Azerbaijan," the head of the state noted.