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"We consider Azerbaijan as a civilized country committed to acknowledged standards. Consequently, I perceive the given decision as an unfortunate joke or a similar interpretation," Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Nikolay Bordyuzha told media in Yerevan when commenting on the Azerbaijani Government's decision allowing the Azerbaijani Air Forces to bring down civil aircrafts over the territory of NKR.
"I don't think that any country in the world can afford bringing down a civil aircraft. Consequently, I have very much doubt regarding the intentions and possibilities of the Azerbaijani leadership to allow intentional destruction of civil aircrafts. We remember the tragedy in the Far East and the response by the world community. Therefore, I don't take this information seriously," Bordyuzha said.
On Jan 18 Azerbaijan published information that the Azerbaijani Government approved rules implying forced landing of aircrafts-violators. The document determines 13.5/25km-wide borderline strip used in the special regime along the state border. According to the document, banned zones and limited zones can be determined in the airspace of Azerbaijan. The document says that the use of air space without sending poll (table, graphic), warning
military air forces' bodies, the poll before coming into force and after ending of period of poll's validity and without the permission of relevant operative body, non-fulfillment of teams of flights governing bodies and fighter-interceptor aircraft, implementation of the flights for monitoring, use of airspace of banned and limited zones without special permission etc are considered the violation of airspace's rules.
The document allows bringing down the Armenian civil aircrafts fyling over the territory of NKR.