Azerbaijani President named Georgia &# 171; very reliable partner"
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev thanked the Georgian government for, as he claims, the refusal to provide Georgian territory for the transportation of weapons to Armenia.
“Georgia did not allow the transportation of weapons to Armenia through its territory. That is why transport planes deliver weapons to Armenia through the territories of the Caspian countries and by air. Georgia behaved like a very reliable partner. I would like to express my gratitude to the Georgian government for this. I can say that we see the Georgian government as a reliable partner and friend. Intergovernmental ties are strengthening every day, “Aliyev said in an interview with Azerbaijani media..
The President of Azerbaijan said that Baku is aware of “intensive” arms deliveries to Armenia from Serbia and Russia, which were carried out from July to September. He claims that the Azerbaijani authorities learned about this “from reliable sources.” Aliyev said that signals on this issue were sent to both countries through diplomatic channels. Also, telephone conversations were held with the presidents of both countries, during which Aliyev expressed his concern.
“I thought that, as a responsible country, we must definitely clarify this issue … The President’s press service published relevant messages related to telephone conversations. I believe that the information contained in them is sufficient, ”noted Ilham Aliyev.
Regional media cite the words of the President of Azerbaijan that Armenia is “preparing for a new war”.
“They are preparing for a new war. There is a concentration of their forces, we see everything, we look at everything. We track all their actions. Of course, we will defend ourselves, “Aliyev said..
Earlier, on July 19, citing its military sources, the Azerbaijani news agency stated in an editorial that before the fighting between the armed forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan began on July 12, KamAZ vehicles with Grad launchers and mortar ammunition “, as well as by air” a large consignment of mortar ammunition of various calibers was delivered “from Serbia.
Moreover, according to the Azerbaijani agency, weapons were delivered from Serbia by “the well-known criminal arms dealer Slobodan Tesic, who is under the sanctions of Washington and the restrictions of the” Magnitsky Act “.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry then categorically denied these allegations, calling them “disinformation”. Tbilisi said that the dissemination of information, which does not correspond to reality, in this case was “aimed at artificially creating a problem” in relations between the two partner countries.
According to the expert Gii Khukhashviland, Russia is the only state that may be interested in complicating relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan and has sufficient resources to spread “plausible disinformation”.
At the same time, according to Khukhashvili, it cannot be ruled out that, perhaps, there were certain preconditions for these statements, that is, plans to transport weapons to Armenia through Georgia. Although, the expert says, it is a fact that Georgia did not allow this.
“In any case, Ilham Aliyev’s statement means that the incident has been exhausted and the countries’ mutual security obligations remain in force,” Khukhashvili summed up..
At the same time, professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Administration Tornike Sharashenidze sees no point in involving Georgia as a transit route for arms supplies to Armenia. According to him, it is “much more painless” to do it through other countries, for example, through Iran..
The political scientist noted that in July, when the Azerbaijani media spread this message, relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan were extremely tense, and at such a time, according to Sharashenidze, “it is easy to succumb to paranoia and fall for the misinformation thrown in”.
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At the same time, the expert says that even then, official Baku did not make comments, since initially “these messages contradicted common sense.”.
“Probably, during this time, the Azerbaijani side became convinced of the absurdity of statements about Georgia’s participation in the supply of weapons to Armenia, Aliyev’s statement confirms this,” Sharashenidze said in conclusion..