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President Ilham Aliyev's speech at the meeting of the Supreme
Eurasian Economic Council organized in an expanded format in
Moscow, and his curt and sharp response to the baseless claims of
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan once again demonstrated
Azerbaijan's absolute power both politically and economically.
Although the President of Azerbaijan was invited to the meeting in
Moscow by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a guest, the
head of state expressed his will to participate in the tripartite
meeting of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia. Another meaning of this
is that Azerbaijan has always supported constructive talks and
intends to resolve pending issues with Armenia through
However, it is also interesting to analyse what the avail of
this meeting would be for Armenia. The answer to the question is
very simple. First of all, Pashinyan's recognition of the
territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and his acknowledgment that he
will agree with Azerbaijan on any territorial issue indicates that
Yerevan has no other way out. Until then, Armenia played with all
cards, sometimes leaning towards the West, and sometimes towards
Russia, which it constantly opposes in political principles. But
all these efforts were in vain. Perhaps, Pashinyan could be a
smarter politician if he would have made the right decision long
ago on the issues of Karabakh and Zangazur for the sake of the
economic revival of his country, which is much smaller than
Azerbaijan in all matters. However, this does not exempt him from
responsibility. Now, the desperate prime minister is witnessing
that even the time he used to play with is turning against him.
Armenians already understand that the conflict in the region is
not profitable for any of the leading states. Armenia, which tried
to benefit from the occupation for years, could not do anything in
the territories it tried to snatch off Azerbaijan. Because Yerevan
did not understand that the biggest artery of those areas will
still pass through Azerbaijan. Today, Zangazur is part of the
Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (the Middle Corridor),
and Azerbaijan is the main owner of such an opportunity. This is a
reality, because it is a map shaped by geopolitical processes that
can benefit all continents in the future.
It should be noted that Azerbaijan has close relations with the
member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union in a bilateral
format, except for Armenia. Also, Azerbaijan has a trade turnover
of about 5 billion dollars with those countries. Depriving itself
of all these opportunities, Armenia remained out of the dynamics of
the world. Armenia, which has been left out of all large-scale
projects so far, is facing the question of what I could achieve up
until today... True to say, Pashinyan already fully understands
this, and all his nervous facial expressions and actions at the
meeting are not related to the reality of Azerbaijan before his
eyes, but it was because of the wrong steps he has taken so
Armenia clearly sees and understands that Azerbaijan is a
self-sufficient country with a stable economy and, unlike Armenia,
does not need any support from abroad. The fact that Azerbaijan is
in this situation allows it to conduct an independent foreign
As mentioned earlier, Azerbaijan is an active participant in the
East-West and North-South transport corridors. The Zangazur
corridor increases the transit potential of the countries of the
region and opens up new opportunities in the field of transport.
Moreover, Azerbaijan has a modern transport and transit
infrastructure. International seaport, Shipyard, modern large
fleet, airports and aircraft are the core of its economic
potential. In addition, export diversification is one of the main
goals for Azerbaijan. Even the head of state emphasized this during
his working visit to Lithuania.
Considering all this, today Europe, the West, as well as Russia
see a country like Azerbaijan as the most successful partner.
Azerbaijan's rapid progress in the reconstruction works alone
surprises the whole world. Undoubtedly, moving towards economic
success with such a partner is the dream of every democratic state
running a rational policy.
At the Moscow meeting, Pashinyan remained within his limits for
the sake of exhibiting the real Armenian position. He tried to
answer the question about the Zangazur corridor and even threw some
baseless claims on the table. But the answer was very unsuccessful.
Because the answer given by President Ilham Aliyev reflected the
interests of not only Azerbaijan, but also many countries partaking
in that luxurious palace. For this reason, it was inappropriate for
Pashinyan to use any words in this matter. In scientific theory,
there is such an idea: parasites begin to destroy themselves after
eating out the main substance. For 30 years, Armenia destroyed the
entire infrastructure of Karabakh, paralyzed the roads, and
blockaded itself. Now, despite being deprived of everything, it has
started destroying a handful of Armenians living in both Yerevan
and Karabakh. In the best case, Pashinyan should understand this,
but unfortunately he does not.
It is not expected that any document will be adopted at the
tripartite meeting, which will be held with the support of Russia.
Adhering to its tradition, Armenia again showed that it was not
interested in solution of problems within the concern of both
parties. Of course, this may be due to the growing tension between
Armenia and Russia. However, it is clear that there is no end to
this for Armenia.
Elnur Enveroglu is AzerNews' deputy editor-in-chief, follow him