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Azerbaijan says ‘France would be responsible for causing’ new conflict in region

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev blamed France on Saturday for causing a new conflict in the region by providing weapons to Armenia.

During the telephone conversation with European Council President Charles Michel, Aliyev said that “including Azerbaijan in the quadrilateral statement without the participation of Azerbaijan in Granada was not the right approach,” the Azerbaijani presidency said in a statement.

“The provision of weapons by France to Armenia was an approach that was not serving peace, but one intended to inflate a new conflict, and if any new conflict occurs in the region, France would be responsible for causing it,” said Aliyev.

“The anti-Azerbaijani statement adopted by the European Parliament on the basis of a xenophobic and chauvinistic approach and the opinions expressed in it were unacceptable, adding that this did not serve peace and stability in the region,” he said.

Michel expressed the bloc’s commitment to the Armenian-Azerbaijani normalization process ahead of a trilateral meeting in Brussels.

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