Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
French Member of Parliament from Loire, Francois Rochebloine condemned the visit by Aliyev. Rochebloine claimed that the timing of the visit is not right, as it is happening only a few days after the pardoning of Safarov, who murdered Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan.
He added that Azerbaijan's habit of creating unwanted provocations is making it difficult to maintain the peace and stability in the South Caucasus region.
"Safarov case aroused condemnation in Armenia and in all democratic countries," he said.
Earlier on August 31 the Armenian authorities adopted a decision to suspend diplomatic relations and official contacts with Hungary. President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan made public the decision at a special meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions on Friday after the Hungarian authorities extradited Azeri officer Ramil Safarov, who was sentenced by a Hungarian court to life in jail for killing sleeping Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan with an axe in Budapest in 2004. Both the officers were undergoing an English language course under the NATO PfP program. The same day after Safarov's extradition, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev decreed to pardon the criminal.