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In Moscow, they will think over the words of Ilham Aliyev (Floor to a publicist)

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BY RASIM AGAYEV

'Moscow!... How much within that sound...' These Pushkin lines I remembered long before I sat down to read 'Eugene Onegin' in full. I think that the same thing happened with many Soviet people of my generation, because Moscow was for them more than the capital of their vast and unique country in many ways. Perhaps this was also a consequence of the work of the powerful Soviet propaganda machine, which paid attention every citizen of the great power, becoming a natural part of all-Soviet life.

Whatever the case, the image of the distant mysterious Moscow once crashed into my youthful memory, and it remained forever inside me. And our former capital was remembered now for the following reason. Over the past few years, no matter where the journalistic fate has thrown me, I have again and again returned to this turning point in my life, and by and large the problem with which -- whether we like it or not -- is connected our common Azerbaijani fate. Now it really turns out in Pushkin's style: 'How often during woeful separation, in my wandering fate, Moscow, I thought of you!'

The problem of Moscow was actualised in Baku not now, as it might seem, but with the beginning of the liquidation of the USSR - our common homeland, and approaches to the unexpected problem that arose changed in full accordance with political trends and changes in the country. The most striking episode was a question of one of my Moscow colleagues in the early 1990s, which, I confess, I did not find as brief an answer: 'Why don't they like us in Azerbaijan so much?'

As the Russians say, Thank God all these doubts, vacillations, suspicions born of inexperienced democracies are now left behind. And very possible forever. It is not only about the prospects of bilateral relations. In the policy of rapprochement and mutual understanding in the South Caucasus region, Moscow finds a positive response in Baku. It is no accident that the Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev called the last meeting in Sochi 'a panel of partners, friends, like-minded people.'

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It is, as I think, a qualitatively new mentality, new approaches to the implementation of joint plans in a globalising world. 'My desire is that the results of our work bring practical benefits in real politics, that our discussions help to better understand the positions of different countries in their approaches to solving the most important world problems, and we are all interested in solving them,' thus President Vladimir Putin with his characteristic clear expression spoke of the place and role that is assigned to the regional partner of the Russian Federation.

Many factors favour the implementation of the plans of this new, practically allied policy, and above all the fact that Yerevan, with its long-standing aggressive plans to create Armenia from sea to sea, clearly remains outside this globalist trend. And this is its choice.

Moreover, the country, whose political leadership convinces Moscow of its allegiance to the traditional ties of friendship and fraternity, is actually moving in the western direction and forging promising relations with openly anti-Russian partners.

This is confirmed by the results of the negotiations held between senior representatives of Armenia and Lithuania. In fact, they do not hide in Vilnius that interest in Armenia is connected exclusively with its desire to continue drift to the West. 'Armenia is moving towards the West, a complete change of power has taken place, and it really is not pro-Russian. As we try to help Georgia, Moldova within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, I believe we should help Armenia as well.' The ex-speaker of the Lithuanian Diet Irena Degutene speaks extremely frankly.

Help was not long in coming. The US Senate Committee decides to provide Armenia with additional funds to combat drug trafficking, international military education and the financing of foreign armed forces. Well, etc. As you can see, Yerevan, as if nothing had happened, continues to play on two boards.

However, this is a common thing for world Armenians: it did this with Turkey, and even worse with the USSR. Now it's the turn of Russia. Another thing is that Yeltsin's Moscow has long gone. Moscow is now Putin's. Or maybe in Yerevan they thought that there wasn't much difference? The answer to this question can only be given by Moscow. We will definitely hear it. Believe me, you will not have to wait long.

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