Aliyev thanks Nazarbayev for “support” at Eurasian summit

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has thanked his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev for “supporting Baku’s position at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in connection with Armenia’s membership in the Customs Union.”

Aliyev expressed his gratitude on the margins of the summit of Turkic-speaking countries being held in Bodrum, Turkey, these days, Azerbaijani media report.

During the Eurasian summit in Astana on May 29, Nazarbayev read out a letter addressed by Aliyev to all the three leaders of the current Customs Union, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, saying that Armenia should be admitted to the future Eurasian Union only within its United Nations-recognized borders, i.e. without Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan did not reply to the Kazakh host’s remarks immediately, but two days later, already in Armenia, describing these remarks as “unpleasant”, he still insisted that they could not harm Armenia in any way.

“As for what was voiced by Nazarbayev, first, from the outset it is wrong to talk about borders. What borders are we talking about? The Karabakh problem is not being solved in the Customs Union,” the Armenian president said while attending a gathering of young members of his ruling Republican Party in Tsaghkadzor on May 31. “And who said that we are joining the Customs Union together with Karabakh? There has been no such thing and could not be, because at least under our laws and in accordance with our ideas, Karabakh today is not part of Armenia. And the fact that membership in the Customs Union will contribute to the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem is unequivocal.”

Meanwhile, Azeri President Aliyev and his Kazakh counterpart Nazarbayev also exchanged views on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement during their meeting in Bodrum, the Russian RIA Novosti news agency reported.