WASHINGTON (Panorama.am)—For years, the Azerbaijani government has spent millions of dollars on improving relations with Washington, yet Baku has received little in the way of positive progress from the US in response, says Azerbaijani news agency Minval.
The article points out that the considerable number of tough statements made recently by the US about the Azeri government, including the extremely critical annual report by the US Department of State on Baku, has greatly enraged the Azeri authorities.
For many years, Azeri authorities have spent millions of dollars with the help of several individuals to maintain relations with the US. The money spent has gone to lobbyists and marketing firms who have tried to improve Azerbaijan’s image and win the favor of US lawmakers to do Baku’s bidding. “Huge sums of money have been spent on this; yet there is not a single text supporting the authorities [in Baku] by the US,” the story in Minval says. “Instead, there are tough statements, protests, and accusations, and this comes despite the fact that Minister Ziya Mammadov’s clan, which is responsible for the lobbying activities in the US, is urgently demanding a statement of support.”
As the article notes, the Embassy of Azerbaijan to the US, the leader of the Azerbaijan-America Alliance Anar Mammadov, leading Azeri foreign policy figures, lawmakers, and even opposition figures have been harshly condemned by US officials.
According to the article in Minval, citing government sources, “Those responsible for the current situation will be seriously punished.”
“They will not only be removed from carrying out that work in the future, but also deprived of the internal levers of influence. To put it figuratively, an American wind is currently blowing inside the authorities and it will carry away some prominent people,” the author says.