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Mortars for bombing Tovuz sent by Serbia with help of Georgia (Editorial)

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EDITORIAL

Sensational facts have become known that unequivocally indicate: Armenia was preparing in advance for a treacherous and insidious attack on the border of Azerbaijan, which began on July 12 and lasted four days.

As it became known to Azeri Daily from military sources, a large batch of mortar ammunition of various calibres was delivered from Armenia to Georgia a few days before the attack and during the height of hostilities.

Azerbaijani government has irrefutable data that mortar shells were supplied to Armenia from Serbia via Georgia

Information appeared in social networks that the same days launchers for GRAD installations and mortar ammunition proceeded to Armenia on KamAZ vehicles, this time from Russia, but again through Georgia.

It should be noted that in the battles in the Tovuz direction, the Armenian armed forces mainly used mortars of various calibres. Armenian units also fired from mortars at Azerbaijani border villages.

These facts have caused serious concern and just outrage of the Azerbaijani side. How did Georgia allow to deliver through its territory ammunition and military equipment, the purpose of which for the military confrontation with Azerbaijan was beyond doubt? Why did Serbia undertake to provide the Armenian army with these weapons? How so? After all, both of these countries have always been on friendly terms with Azerbaijan, developed a business partnership with it.

Have Serbia already forgotten that two months ago Azerbaijan sent humanitarian aid there to combat the coronavirus pandemic? Meanwhile, receiving an air-plane that delivered Azerbaijani humanitarian aid at the Belgrade airport on May 20, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic assessed this step as a vivid evidence of Azerbaijani-Serbian friendship.

What will answer Anna Brnabich, who spoke of friendship and brotherhood with Azerbaijan?

'This is a manifestation of a friendship that we will never forget. Azerbaijan was the first country to come to the rescue of Serbia after the 2014 flood. On this day, May 19, 2014, the first plane arrived in Serbia with a load of aid from Azerbaijan. It is symbolic that we are meeting this plane again, which is an indicator of strategic partnership,' the Serbian prime minister said then.

But that's not all. Azerbaijan is one of those countries that did not recognise the independence of Kosovo, and has repeatedly declared its support for the territorial integrity of Serbia.

And after all these humane and humanitarian actions, friendly support and cooperation, Serbia is secretly arming the enemy of Azerbaijan, moreover, at a time when this enemy is carrying out attacks on the country's borders. Such steps of a state considered friendly were, to put it mildly, puzzling. Undoubtedly, official Baku through diplomatic and political channels will require explanation from Belgrade in connection with this behaviour of a friendly country. And Azerbaijan has good reasons for this, having indisputable evidence of the purchase and delivery of ammunition.

Even greater bewilderment is caused by the behaviour of the strategic partner: neighbouring Georgia. Didn't official Tbilisi impose a ban on the transit of military goods through the country's territory to Armenia several years ago? What was the reason for making an exception for Serbia this time? Or didn't Tbilisi understand which way all these mortar shells would fly from Armenia? And how does this all fit into the framework of the long-term partnership and friendly Azerbaijani-Georgian relations?

Tbilisi responds to Azerbaijan's good with evil

It is well known that in the most difficult days for Georgia, including during the war in August 2008, Azerbaijan, despite the foreign policy risks, rendered assistance. Suffice it to recall that when, as a result of sabotage on electric and gas lines going to Georgia, its population faced the threat of being left without electricity and heat in winter, Azerbaijan, having reduced the volume of gas intended for its own population, sent it to its neighbour.

The previous leadership of Georgia literally begged the leadership of Azerbaijan to provide humanitarian and economic assistance, to save the country from an imminent catastrophe. And each time Azerbaijan came to the rescue. And when gas was needed, and when Georgian banks were experiencing liquidity problems, Georgian money was delivered to Georgia through Baku. And when the heads of European states and governments rushed to a rally of solidarity with the fallen Georgian statehood... The leaders of a number of European states arrived in Ganja, and from the territory of Azerbaijan they went in cars provided by the Azerbaijani side to Georgia, the future of which seemed vague. They went to save Georgia not through the now friendly and dearly beloved by the current Georgian leadership Yerevan, but again through Azerbaijan.

In Tbilisi, apartments were heated with wood. Azerbaijan helped, as always. But then in Tbilisi everyone forgot it

Let Tbilisi remember that Armenia, as a rule, voted in international organisations against the territorial integrity of Georgia. Let them remember in Tbilisi that the leaders of Armenia have repeatedly met with the leaders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Let them remember in Tbilisi that Armenia, making claims to Georgian churches, does not question the historical belonging of many Georgian territories to the Armenian people.

What are we doing for Georgia, and how is Armenia dealing with Georgia. What do our opponents get from Georgia? The shells and mortars that kill our soldiers. But also from Georgia we receive continuous provocations in Keshikchi-Dag (David Gareji monastery), revisionist criticism of the founder of the second Azerbaijani Republic, Nariman Narimanov, and constant calls for the dismantling of his monument and, finally, insulting statements and angry philippics against the current political leadership of Azerbaijan on the pages of Georgian media.

And that is not all. After all, after we saved Georgia, in subsequent years Azerbaijan became one of the main large investors in the neighbouring country, investing colossal funds. Moreover, Baku has done everything possible to deepen and strengthen the strategic partnership between our two countries.

What do we get in return? Endless and insidious attempts to squeeze Azerbaijani investors out of Georgia using administrative levers of power. The most dishonest thing is the pressure exerted on Azerbaijani investors who have invested in the non-energy sector: the Georgian government often tries to squeeze the business of our investors, essentially carrying out hostile takeovers.

Why does Azerbaijan receive only stabs in the back from Tbilisi?!

Against this background, the indignation of the Azerbaijani public with the unexpected and unjustified indirect support of Georgia for the insidious plans of the Armenian military is more than legitimate. But this does not mean any hostile feelings towards the Georgian people: friendship between Georgians and Azerbaijanis has been tested for centuries and it is not so easy to destroy it. However, the fact that the current Georgian authorities turned a blind eye to the delivery of ammunition and military equipment to Armenia through the territory of their country, one can say created the conditions for this, cannot but require clarification. One would like to know what position has been taken by official Tbilisi in relation to Azerbaijan? How to perceive such, to put it mildly, unfriendly act? What is this? A break with Azerbaijan and a transition to the side of the country occupier, that is Armenia?

If so, then let Georgia declare it openly. In this case, the Azerbaijani state will have to revise its policy and change its position in relation to it.

We will wait for Baku to demand official explanations from Tbilisi through diplomatic and political channels regarding the delivery of ammunition and military equipment to Armenia.

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