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One cent between love and hate (Our editorial)

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BY EYNULLA FATULLAYEV

Jagland again bethought. The threat of Russia's final withdrawal from the Council of Europe has caused infinite grief and unrighteous anger of the secretary general. And he decided to pour out a wounded soul in the pages of the influential British newspaper Financial Times. However, the readers of Azeri Daily managed in one of our recent issues to clearly see the political cynicism and frenzied hypocrisy of the politician, who claims the main liberal role in the Old Continent.

"It would be really very, very bad if Russia left. This will be a negative event for Europe, as we will get Europe without Russia. This would be a big step backwards for Europe," the head of the international organization responsible for the observance of human rights, democracy and human freedoms beats the alarm.

Jagland did not stop there. And he embarked on a long-awaited tour of European capitals. For the sole purpose - to disclose to Europe's leaders the unseemly picture of the risky for the future of liberal Europe scenario of Russia's withdrawal from the Strasbourg council. In a fit of passionate concern, Jagland threw a rhetorical remark: "The big political question is whether we want this?" At the same time, Jagland called for considering the situation from the perspective point, not forgetting the Council of Europe's mandate for protecting human rights on the whole continent.

Formally, it seems to be the right words, although in fact, frank mockery and jeering of values.

It is curious to know whom Mr. Jagland means by saying "do we want this?" If the secretary general is referring to the Council of Europe, then the position of Strasbourg, especially the Parliamentary Assembly, on the issue of sanctions against Russia, as far as we know, looks rather unambiguous and categorical. And maybe, saying "we", Jagland also includes those corrupt circles of Russia, with whom, according to some information, he has the closest relationship?!

We have already commented on the details of Jagland's collusion with these circles. We are talking about those who recently organized a series of custom-made publications against Azerbaijan in European and Russian media - in the British newspaper Independent, in the German magazine Spiegel, in the Russian edition of Kommersant. Jagland also left traces in this campaign of organized black PR - the Russian Internet portal Inosmi.ru rather quickly translated, processed and posted on its pages a reprint of a scandalously ordered article in the Norwegian Aftenposten. And in this article aimed at smearing Azerbaijan, Jagland himself occupied the central place.

The latest developments in the light of a series of dirty publications in European and Russian media remove the veil of secret collusion - the motives of Jagland and another "zealous guardian of European values", as well as the ardent denunciator of Azerbaijan in PACE Tiny Kox, who simultaneously advocates the speedy return of Russia to PACE and discrediting Azerbaijan in the same PACE.

The logic of Jagland does not lend itself to any explanation, especially after his recent loud statements. We are interested in the answer to the following question: where are Azerbaijan and Russia located, according to Mr. Jagland? Is it on the same continent? Who has problems with political geography - we or Jagland? It seems that to this day both Azerbaijan and Russia are located in the neighborhood and on the mainland under the name of Eurasia. If Mr. Jagland agrees with the location of these two countries, maybe he will shed light on another, no less important and no less controversial question - why does the secretary general of the Council of Europe so persistently lobby Russia's interests and as determinedly try to get Azerbaijan removed from the Strasbourg organization?

We have repeatedly talked about Jagland's initiative, for the first time in the history of the Council of Europe's existence, to test on Azerbaijan a special procedure stipulated in Article 46.4 of the European Convention. Say, the Azerbaijani government does not comply with only one decision of the European Court of Human Rights. Wait a minute, but against the backdrop of monstrous claims to Russia on the part of European institutions and politicians, Jagland's self-sacrificing principledness towards Azerbaijan looks like a mockery!

Of course, we are far from thinking of putting 10 million Azerbaijan and one hundred million Russia on the same scales. We also share Jagdand's sense of risk caused by fears for the rights of 140 million Russians. But, following the logical thinking of Jagland, one can, it turns out, neglect the rights of 10 million Azerbaijanis? It turns out that if the population of Azerbaijan was more than one hundred million, then Jagland would convince himself and make all efforts to return Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe? What kind of logic? What kind of approach? And how does this methodology correlate with European values?

Speaking of a single scandalous case in Azerbaijan, Jagland himself, citing Brandt, resorted to a pathetic style of interpretation of European values, say, we will go to the break even because of the rights of one person. And here we can take and cut off the road to Strasbourg for the 10 million population due to one politicized case - how to understand this?

Although allow me, what are these values?! Let's come down from heaven. For Brandt with his era has long been in heaven. And on Earth now trods Jagland and his ilk. Undoubtedly - both in the case of Russia, and in organizing pressure on Azerbaijan - Jagland performs a banal order of political and financial circles.

And at the same time, Jagland does not ask why in the period of the confrontation between the general secretary and the official Baku, which reached the apogee point, the Azerbaijani government successfully expands partnership with the more significant European institutions and Euro-Atlantic organizations, primarily with the European Union? Here is a good example - more than a successful recent visit of President Aliyev to Brussels.

Ilham Aliyev with the leaders of the European Union

What was demonstrated by the recent visit of the president and his active participation in the program of EU enlargement to the East? Azerbaijan is committed to its multi-vector and balanced foreign policy concept, which implies the strengthening of mutually beneficial relations with European institutions and the European Union.

Azerbaijan outlined its foreign policy priorities and guidelines. Now it's turn of the significant and leading European institutions, which are obliged to stop the diving Jagland. Azerbaijan has the right to expect an immediate and fair reaction, because Jagland is threatening partnership with Europe...

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