Books on Azerbaijan
Update No: 356 -
There is no doubt that there is a very
tricky triangular relationship between
Baku, Moscow and Yerevan.
Actually it is quadrilateral, because
Tbilisi needs to be taken into account as
well. The Russo- Georgian War of August
2008 was no minor event.
Some Armenian experts claim that Russia’s
intention to sell the S-300 air defense
system to Azerbaijan will be balanced by a
new Yerevan-Moscow agreement extending
terms of Russian base’s deployment in
Armenia. “Russia’s attempt to maintain
balance between Armenia and Azerbaijan is
fraught and aims at comforting the
Armenian side. I do not believe that
Russia will ensure Armenia’s security, as
Moscow’s interests do not coincide with
ours. If Azerbaijan decides to resolve the
Karabakh conflict through military means,
I do not think that Russia will fully
protect Armenia and use weapons against
Azerbaijan,” a board member of Hunchakian
party Hambik Safaryan stated.
According to him, the Azerbaijani-Russian
relations have been recently improving.
However, Armenia does not want to register
that, considering that Russia is their
ally only, and is not establishing
relations with any Caucasian states.
Relations with Azerbaijan are very
important for Russia from strategic
viewpoint, as Azerbaijan is located in the
centre of an oil province and a network of
pipelines and can play significant role.
The country is bordering Iran which is
Russia’s leverage in their relations with
Tehran, Safaryan noted.
“Taking into account,” he concluded,
“Azerbaijani-U.S. relations, we are really
concerned, as until there is a
confrontation between Armenia and
Azerbaijan and the Karabakh issue is on
the agenda, Azerbaijan’s increasing role
will negatively affect the Karabakh peace
process,” This appears to be an
intelligent summary of the situation, but
it is unusual for the Armenians to
Actually Turkey counts too
Speaking at a joint press conference with
his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul in
Baku on August 16, President Ilham Aliyev
said that "Azerbaijan will continue to
make political and diplomatic efforts for
its territorial integrity. I believe that
we will realize Azerbaijan's territorial
“Turkey and Azerbaijan share a deep
friendship coming from history. President
Gul's current visit to Azerbaijan will
contribute to the development of our
relations,” Aliyev said.
“We exchanged views with President Gul on
diverse issues, including the Upper
Karabakh issue. As you know, Azeri
territory has been under Armenian
occupation for long years. Armenians have
been pursuing an 'ethnic cleansing policy'
in the territory under occupation and have
violated international laws,” Ilham Aliyev
Azerbaijan will realize its territorial
integrity with the decisions to be taken
from now on, Aliyev underlined.
Aliyev thanked Turkey for the support
extended vis-a-vis the Upper Karabakh
In response to a question on visa
liberalization with Turkey, Aliyev said
that the issue of visas did come up and
that visa liberalization would take place
once Azerbaijan makes the necessary
In regard to a question on Upper Karabakh,
President Aliyev said that "I believe this
problem would be resolved.The realization
of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan
carries high importance. Armenian troops
must withdraw from Azeri territories and
those Azeri citizens who had to leave the
territory must return back to their
homes,” Aliyev also said.
Azeri gas as the Bulgarian alternative
Bulgaria has stepped up efforts to reduce
its almost complete dependence on Russian
gas by diversifying routes and supplies
after a dispute between Russia and Ukraine
left it without gas for weeks in early
Under the project, Azeri gas would be
transported via a pipeline to Georgia to
be compressed and shipped by tankers to
Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Varna, said
Ivan Drenovichki, executive director of
Azeri state oil company Socar,
Bulgartransgaz and Georgian Oil and Gas
Company are set to launch a feasibility
study for the project at a meeting planned
for 23/24 September. "We have an initial
agreement to launch a feasibility study.
In September we are to take this
decision," Drenovichki said."If all goes
well and the project proves expedient,
first deliveries can start at the end of
2013," he said.
Bulgaria's gas consumption averages about
four Bcm a year, he said.
The study will define the value of the
project, which Drenovichki said could cost
hundreds of millions of dollars, with over
85% of the funds needed for tankers.
Sofia signed a memorandum of understanding
for gas deliveries with Baku last
November, saying some deliveries could be
transported by the EU-backed Nabucco
pipeline, aimed to carry natural gas from
the Caspian region to Europe.
The Nabucco project faces rivalry from the
Russia-led South Stream gas pipeline
project, which aims to cement Moscow's
position as key gas supplier to Europe.