Azerbaijani Politics 5 december — 15:27

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry on Zatulin's speeches in Yerevan

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Press-service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan commented on the first meeting of the Russian-Armenian 'Lazarev Club' held in Yerevan. According to the ministry, the Armenian and Russian media covered the course of the first meeting of the Russian-Armenian 'Lazarev Club' held on November 30 - December 1 in Yerevan.

The report notes that one of the main initiators and organisers of the work of this club, which positions itself as a new format of public diplomacy, is Konstantin Zatulin, who in the current, seventh convocation of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, is the first deputy chairman of the CIS, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Committee.

'The invitation by the organisers of representatives of the illegal regime created in the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan occupied by the Republic of Armenia, as well as the statements made by K.Zatulin himself, the former chairman of the Council of Foreign Ministry veterans of Russia, having the rank of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Vladimir Kazimirov, and the deputy director headed by K.Zatulin Institute of the CIS countries Vladimir Yevseyev and some other persons, containing open attacks on sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan are aimed at causing damage to the existing high level of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia. In addition, the statements of K.Zatulin do not agree with his status as first deputy chairman of the relevant committee of the State Duma, going against the interests of developing cooperation within the CIS. Yevseyev's statement, being delusional in general, strikes at the very spirit of cooperation within the CIS. Finally, the general tone of the Lazarev Club meeting contradicts the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, including the Russian Federation, in the direction of advancement of the negotiation process to settle the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. The Azerbaijani side, through the Embassy in Russia, brought to the notice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation its concern about this fact

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