Baku, Azerbaijan – Hikmet Hajiyev, advisor to the president of Azerbaijan, said that President Ilham Aliyev considered the US decision to sanction S-400 air defense system to Turkey as “unacceptable”, “unfair” and “an indication of illegality”

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev reportedly considered the US decision to sanction Turkey’s S-400 air defense system as “unacceptable”, “unfair” and “an indication of illegality”.

Hikmet Hajiyev, advisor to the president of Azerbaijan, gave the following statements in his written statement on the issue:

“President Aliyev considers unilateral sanctions against Turkey unacceptable. It is unfair to impose sanctions on Turkey while some NATO member countries use similar air defense systems. Our president considers this situation as an indicator of double standards and illegality.

President Ilham Aliyev said he was confident that sanctions would not hinder Turkey’s steps to strengthen its defence capabilities. Turkey’s proposals for objective negotiation of this issue within the framework of the relevant working group have not met.”

Hajiyev noted that Azerbaijan supports Turkey, Turkey supports Azerbaijan, both countries are always on each other’s side, noting that Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the victory parade ceremony held in Baku on 10 December 2020 is an example of this unity.