Full Interview: Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is Liberation War for Azerbaijan, President Aliyev Says

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told Dmitry Kiselev about his assessment of the current situation in the region, as well as about the losses of the parties to the conflict and whether it is true that Syrian and Libyan mercenaries are fighting for azerbaijan.

He also explained Baku’s position on the basic principles of the resolution, as well as where reconciliation should start. Aliyev shared Azerbaijan’s vision of a compromise on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and spoke about the red lines, which the country would never cross. The Azerbaijani President also shared his opinion on whether Azerbaijanis and Armenians can coexist peacefully.

Dmitry Kiselev: I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to talk to you at such a difficult time for Azerbaijan and the entire world. What’s your assessment of the results of the hostilities, which have been taking place since 27 September? According to your estimates, what are the sides’ losses, and are there many prisoners?

Ilham Aliyev: On 27 September, azerbaijan suffered another attack by the Armenian army; that was not the first attack in the past three months. Something similar but smaller-scale took place in July on the state border; that attack was repelled.

There was another attack in August when a sabotage group was sent by the Armenian side to carry out terrorist attacks against the civilian population and the military; the head of that the group was detained, he is giving testimony. In late September, our…

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