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The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Turkey, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Chavushoglu, plan to meet to discuss the situation in the South Caucasus, reported the Press Secretary of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mariya Zakharova on November 27.
The meeting between the Russian ministers will take place in Alanya in the beginning of December, said Zakharova.
Military expert Uzeyir Jafarov stated that, “For me personally, Lavrov has already lost his weight as a diplomat. If [he] couldn’t manage to secure the release of Russian citizen and ethnic Azerbaijani Ilqem Esgerov, what can IDPs from Azerbaijan expect from him?”
According to him, Lavrov and Russia are in need of Turkey’s support.
“And we are watching to see why it is that Russia is building closer relations with Turkey. Moscow has given voice to its demands through the lips of Russian general and former head of administration of the Ministry of Defense, Leonid Ivashov.
According to the general, Turkey should leave NATO. Russia is making efforts to pull Turkey over to its side. And then Moscow will act as it has always planned to do,” said the expert.
“I think that our Turkish friends shouldn’t forget the fact that if Russia turned on Ukraine, then it might easily betray Turkey as well, and the whole Turkic-speaking world. Because of this, I don’t expect anything to come of the meeting between Lavrov and Chavushoglu. They’ll just talk, and the Karabakh problem won’t shift from its current position”, noted Jafarov.
“For many politicians, including Lavrov, the Karabakh problem is a stage on which to make a name for oneself. In the beginning of April, this same Lavrov and John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, actively discussed the Karabakh problem. And in a while neither Kerry nor Lavrov will be in these posts. These meetings haven’t brought about anything. These people are simply engaged in a civilized form of deception in the diplomatic arena. However crass this might sound, things need to be called for what they are.”
According to Jafarov, the head of Russia’s MFA Lavrov has not honored his own statements regarding the Kelbajar hostages Shahbaz Quliyev and Dilqem Esgerov.
“He began on an optimistic note. But over the course of a few days we saw how the Armenians mocked our citizen Sahbaz Quliyev whose health has been deteriorating. And Russia completely forgot that its own citizen, Dilqem Esgerov, is being held by the Armenian separatists. Because of this, I don’t have big hopes for the meeting between Lavrov and Chavushoglu.”
In July, 2014, during an operation carried out by Armenian special forces in the village Shaplar, in the occupied Kalbajar District, a citizen of Azerbaijan, Hasan Hasanov was killed. Shahbaz Quliyev and Dilqem Esgerov were taken hostage. A criminal case was brought against them, during which Esgerov was sentenced to life in prison and Quliyev to 22 years imprisonment.