BAKU (News.am)–Azerbaijan will accuse Russia of supporting Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and condemn it for arming the Armenian Military at an upcoming autumn session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, said the head of Azerbaijan’s delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Bahar Muradov.
Baku will accuse Russia supporting an arming Armenian, “an invader country,” and will express its “discontent with a recently signed military agreement between Yerevan and Moscow, Muradov was quoted on the website of Azerbaijan’s ruling party, Yeni Azerbaijan.
Armenia and Russia signed a defense deal on August 20 extending the presence of a Russian military base in Armenia until 2044. The deal amended an existing bilateral treaty signed in 1995 that regulated the presence of the Russian military base in Armenia’s second largest city, Gyumri. The amended agreements also commit Moscow to upgrading the mission of its 3,000 troops stationed in Armenia, as well as providing Armenia with modern military equipment.
Azerbaijani’s Defense Ministry has both dismissed and criticized the deal. In an August 26 interview with ANS-TV, Defense Ministry Spokesman Eldar Sabiroglu went so far as to point to the defense pact as justification for upgrading Azeri Military weaponry.
“The Azerbaijani side intends to express its concerns over serious forecasts about the viability of resolving the Karabakh conflict amid a growing Russian military presence in the South Caucasus,” Muradov said.