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”
The European Union is concerned with the latest developments in the region; the actions of a man who has committed a murder with an axe cannot be qualified as heroism, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn said at today's joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan, when commenting on Azeri officer Ramil Safarov's extradition and pardoning.
He added that he is going to address a message to the Hungarian Foreign Minister and express his concern over this fact. Asselborn pointed out that during a meeting in Cyprus the Hungarian FM said that Hungary by no means meant to hurt Armenia, and these words, Asselborn thinks, were sincere.
To recall, on Aug 31 the Azeri officer sentenced by a Hungarian court to life in jail for killing sleeping Armenian officer Gourgen Margaryan with an axe in Budapest in 2004, was extradited to Azerbaijan. The same day Azeri President Ilham Aliyev decreed to pardon the criminal and promote him in the rank. For this reason, Armenia suspended the diplomatic relations with Hungary.