BAKU (AP)–President Haydar Aliyev has ruled out the establishment of US or other foreign military bases in Azerbaijan–a Russian newspaper reported.
Aliyev–75–who returned to Baku on Saturday after being treated for the flu and bronchitis at a hospital in Turkey–said it was premature to consider foreign assistance to counter a buildup of Russian military in neighboring Armenia.
"Such a question is not on the agenda for the moment," the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets on Saturday quoted Aliyev as saying in an interview just before he left Ankara.
Vafa Guluzade–Aliyev’s foreign affairs adviser–suggested last week that Azerbaijan should apply to the US–Turkey or NATO for help to counter Russia’s aid to Armenia–which includes sophisticated S-300 anti-aircraft complexes and MiG-29 jet fighters.
But Aliyev said it was bad policy to consider inviting a permanent western force to the country. "Such a shortsighted policy doesn’t work" for ensuring security in the region–Aliyev said.