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”
"Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov's extradition and economic cooperation of Hungary and Azerbaijan bear no relation", says Peter Szijjarto, State Secretary for Foreign and External Economic Affairs, Hungarian Prime Minister's Office.
Commenting on the Mass media reports that Safarov was transferred in exchange for Azerbaijan's promise to invest 2-3 billion dollars in economy of Hungary, Peter Szijjarto said that economic cooperation has no impact on the international judicial legal affairs. He said that the Government of Hungary acted in accordance with the International Strasbourg Convention signed in 1983. The international legal issues of extradition were studied and approved,
Szijjarto said. He noted that it is a common international-legal process and every year Hungary extradites on average 10-12 persons.
To recall, 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 and give him the rank of Major. Afterwards, NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor responded to Azerbaijan's Decision to Pardon Ramil Safarov: "Azerbaijan's decision to pardon Safarov is contrary to ongoing efforts to reduce regional tensions and promote reconciliation."