Disinfo: Europe should make a choice between ‘brandy diplomacy’ and energy partnership

Summary

The European Parliament’s resolution on the case of Mehman Huseynov is just a pretext to discredit Azerbaijan. Forces, hostile to Azerbaijan and envious of the country’s achievements, are trying to create instability and chaos. One can note the work of the Armenian Lobby and their “brandy diplomacy” in the attempts to defame Azerbaijan. Europe must make a choice between Armenian brandy diplomacy and reliable energy supplies from Azerbaijan.

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No evidence given.

The European Parliament resolution of 17 January 2019 on Azerbaijan, notably the case of Mehman Huseynov (anti-corruption blogger and director of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS)) (2019/2511(RSP)) calls on Azerbaijan, i.a., to fully guarantee freedom of the press and media, both in legislation and in practice, both online and offline, to guarantee freedom of expression in line with international standards. The EP resolution underlines the importance of the new agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan; stresses that democratic reforms, the rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms must be at the core of the new agreement; stresses that it will closely monitor the situation throughout the negotiations on a new agreement prior to taking the decision on giving its consent to the agreement.

In February 2017, the EU and Azerbaijan began negotiations on a new framework agreement with Azerbaijan designed to give new impetus to political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation. Partnership priorities were also endorsed on 28 September 2018 by the Cooperation Council. Azerbaijan is an important energy partner for the EU and plays a pivotal role in bringing Caspian energy resources to the EU market.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Azerbaijani
  • Country: Azerbaijan
  • Keywords: European Parliament
  • Outlet: Trend.az, Rusarminfo.ru
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Unfounded claims, not supported by evidence.

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