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Strategic partnership between Turkey and Azerbaijan has suffered unprecedented damage and this can have far-reaching consequences. From the moment when the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party announced its intention to normalize relations with Armenia – a sworn enemy of Azerbaijan – the relations between Ankara and Baku cooled, notes in his analytical article The Jamestown Foundation. The leaders of Azerbaijan, in April sent Ankara harshly worded letter, and President Ilham Aliyev refused to accept the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gul and participate in the ongoing UN-sponsored conference in Istanbul on "Alliance of Civilizations." But particularly strong indignation Baku became after signing the protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia. And the Azerbaijani public and political leaders openly condemned the unilateral policy of Turkey. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister announced immediately after the press release in which it was stressed that the signing of the protocol is "clearly contrary to the national interests of Azerbaijan, and also casts a shadow on the fraternal relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey have deep historical roots. " The incident caused an explosion of anti-Turkish sentiment in Baku. Turkey, which has traditionally been an ally, fraternal state and the last hope, now lost confidence in Baku. Ankara seems to have zeal in trying to get another friendly neighbor-minded and almost destroyed its strategic relations with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani president announced that his country will now consider the alternatives of exporting its natural gas, as the Turkish-Azerbaijani talks on the transit of natural gas is not yield concrete results.

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| March 23rd, 2014 | Posted in News |

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