Azerbaijani Politics 19 may — 12:37

Maria Zakharova again attacked Azerbaijan (Squabble with Hikmet Hajiyev)

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On Thursday, May 18, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova again made inappropriate, offensive and harsh statements against official Baku, in particular, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

M.Zakharova called inappropriate the statements of employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan in connection with the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the liquidation of the All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress. Earlier, the official representative of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Hikmet Hajiyev, called the contacts of Azerbaijan with the Congress members natural, and stated that he had information about the organisation's compliance with the requirements of the Ministry of Justice: 'Naturally, Azerbaijan maintains contacts with the members of the All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress, citizens of Russia, just as Armenia maintains relations with members of the Union of Armenians of the Russian Federation,' Mr Hajiyev told Interfax-Azerbaijan.

'We drew attention to the statement of the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan regarding Russian domestic policy. There were words about the balance of interethnic relations, the concept of reform, the prospects for intercultural dialogue in our country. We believe such statements are inappropriate,' Ms Zakharova said at a briefing in Moscow, responding to Hikmet Hajiyev's statement.

As previously reported, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, at the request of the Ministry of Justice, liquidated the public organisation 'All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress.'

'We were perplexed at the statements made by the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry and published by one local agency about the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to liquidate the all-Russian public organisation 'All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress' because of numerous violations of the federal legislation,' said M.Zakharova, Azeri Daily reports with reference to the official website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

M.Zakharova said about the statement of the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan: 'We believe such statements inappropriate. The evaluation of the Russian court's decision regarding the Russian public organisation as an 'unfriendly step' towards Azerbaijan looks strange. It's regrettable that the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan again uses the versions published in a number of media and voices them, especially publicly, about some 'Armenian trace.' We do not need any questionable advice on how to build inter-ethnic relations in our own country. Russia is a multinational democratic state, where everyone's rights are secured and protected regardless of their nationality. We have created all conditions for self-organisation and full-fledged activity of cultural-national public associations. In particular, over 260 non-profit organisations represent the interests of Russian citizens of Azerbaijani ethnicity. The Azerbaijani Youth Association of Russia, the Union of Azerbaijani Organisations of Russia, the Federal National-Cultural Autonomy of Azerbaijanis of Russia, the World Azerbaijan Cultural Foundation successfully work at the federal level. We are convinced that the statements I have quoted (perhaps not fully thought out) will not prejudice Russian-Azerbaijani relations.'

It is very characteristic that among the diaspora organisations M.Zakharova has singled out the Union of Azerbaijani Organisations of Russia - the so-called 'Union of Billionaires,' an opposition association that advocated the removal of the current government and lobbying the interests of a single candidate from the opposition, citizen of Russia, screenwriter Rustam Ibragimbekov. Official Baku strongly advocated the dissolution of this organisation and recognised the All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress as a single organisation reflecting the interests and aspirations of the large Azerbaijani diaspora. However, for some reason M.Zakharova again decided to oppose the pro-Azerbaijani Congress with the existence of pro-opposition unions in Russia.

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