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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Moscow’s reaction to the results Lapshin in Baku must be hard

In spite of personal appeals, Sergei Lavrov, in Minsk decided to give Azerbaijan the Russians, the famous traveler Alexander Lapshin. His fault is that he had previously visited Karabakh without permission from Baku. “Lukashenko has been entered into the taste”, – said on this occasion the newspaper OPINION in the state Duma, adding that “such reptiles” recalls another anti-Russian gesture.

Minsk on Friday decided to extradite to Azerbaijan blogger Alexander Lapshin, said the representative of the Prosecutor General of Belarus Pyotr Kiselev. According to him, the Belarusian Prosecutor’s office took this decision after examining the documents provided by the Azerbaijani side, reports RIA “Novosti”. However, Lapshin himself or through a lawyer can still appeal the decision, said Kiselev.

“Reptiles in relation to the request of Azerbaijan once again proves that the desire of Lukashenka to make the next anti-a passage reminiscent of a bad joke “

Lapshyn, a resident of Yekaterinburg, a citizen of Russia, Israel and Ukraine, better known as the blogger Puerrtto, in mid-December, was taken into custody in Minsk at the request of Baku. Earlier Azerbaijan was included in the black list for visiting the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. We will remind, in 2013 in Baku for the first time published a list of foreigners visiting the Republic without the consent of the Azerbaijani authorities. The list is updated periodically.

Investigation Department for cases of grave crimes of the General Prosecutor’s office of Azerbaijan filed a criminal case under article 281.2 (repeated public appeals directed against the state) and 318.2 (illegal crossing of the state border of Azerbaijan, a group of persons by prior conspiracy or by an organized group or with application of violence or with threat of its application) the Criminal code of Azerbaijan. These articles prescribe punishment in the form of imprisonment for terms from five till eight years.

According to Baku, Lapshin without the permission of the Azerbaijani side in April 2011 and October 2012, illegally visited Karabakh, violating the provisions of the law “On the state border of the Republic of Azerbaijan” and “On the passport”. In addition, in their appeals from the April 6 and June 29 last year a blogger “made calls to recognize the independence” of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Note that under “applications” Azerbaijani Prosecutor’s office understands two posts in his LiveJournal.

First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on CIS Affairs of the state Duma Konstantin Zatulin, not just visited Nagorno-Karabakh and is also made for it in the black list, called the behavior of Minsk “scandalous” and recalled that the issue Lapshina showed not only the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia and Israel, but even the US state Department. “If his crime is that lapshyn had visited Nagorno-Karabakh, it’s just a blatant case. I have personally visited the region more than once or twice. I don’t sell guns, don’t carry it in Luggage, but only had an observer at the elections. I do not see this crime”, – the Deputy told the newspaper VIEW.

Director of the International Institute of the newest States, political analyst Alexei Martynov, who is also in the list of Azerbaijani non grata for repeated visits to Karabakh, says that, in any case, Russia “must protect every citizen”.

“With Belarus we have a single Union state. We have no borders, we have free movement of people without visas. And here is the story! This is a blatant misunderstanding!” – Martynov said the newspaper VIEW, noting that personally he is to refrain from trips to Belarus. “The reaction of the Russian state for illegal actions against the Russian citizen must be absolutely rigid”, – the expert believes.

Recall that in late November, Lukashenka paid a visit to Baku, where he received from the hands of his colleague Ilham Aliyev with the order of Heydar Aliyev. Upon receiving the award, as he wrote, “Rosbalt”, Lukashenko kissed her and promised Aliyev: “I work out!”

“Lukashenka has forgotten and got a taste”

As the newspaper view, with the December growing tensions between Minsk and Moscow. So, Alexander Lukashenko missed the summits of the CSTO and the Eurasian economic Union in St. Petersburg, thus depriving them of the quorum (for example, failed to choose a new Secretary General of the CSTO). In addition, in December, in Minsk, in addition Lapshin, was taken into custody three more famous Pro blogger.

As recently as Tuesday, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov directly urged Minsk not to issue Lapshin, adding that “we have had consular contact with Lapshin”. The Minister recalled that “we with Belarus” Union state, in which made a decision to align the rights of citizens of one and the other countries in all fields. This fact “requires, among other things, identify the common lists of individuals which are undesirable and desirable, it also requires a unified policy in the field of extradition.” Lavrov added that Moscow is starting on this topic in dialogue with “our Belarusian colleagues”.

With regard to Belarus, in the opinion of Zatulin, making small injections of Russia, Lukashenko has been entered into the taste. “This reptiles in relation to the request of Azerbaijan once again proves that the desire of Lukashenka to make the next anti-a passage reminiscent of a bad joke”, – the Deputy believes.

To discourage others were

Causes and history of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (click to enlarge)As Zatulin noted, Lukashenko provoked not only Russia but also Israel, Armenia and the world community, and in addition, the Belarusian leader is behaving irresponsibly in relation to those countries with which Belarus is in coalitions – EAEC and the CSTO. “In this case, by the way, and improve relations with the West will not happen. But the follies in Russian-Belarusian relations it is possible”, – said Zatulin.

The head of the club of political scientists “South Caucasus” (Baku) Ilgar Velizade doubt that Lapshin will really go to prison for five to eight years. “Apparently, in the end, it will be transferred to the country whose citizen he is. He even has the opportunity to choose. Likely to be made a goodwill gesture,” the expert predicts.

According to Velizade in Baku understand that to close the border between Armenia and Karabakh impossible today. “But an important precedent, – Velizadeh said the newspaper VIEW. We look forward to wide publicity, after which the number of those wishing to visit Karabakh, having driven there from Armenia will be significantly reduced”.

“Lapshin is not just visited the occupied areas of Azerbaijan, he is also actively promoted separatism, advocated for actively visiting these areas,” – said the expert. He acknowledged that in Russia there are people, who visited Nagorno-Karabakh – either for work or for some other reasons. “They in any case have a problem when entering the country. However, if visiting Karabakh, they did not conduct active propaganda of the regime, I think any problems in other countries they, most likely, will not arise” – suggests the expert.

We must learn peace in Cyprus

However, the Deputy Zatulin reminded, in 2012 Budapest has given Baku the Azerbaijani Ramil Safarov, who killed in Hungary with an axe the sleeping Armenian officer. “It’s in Azerbaijan is not only not judged, made him a national hero. Do not rule out that Lapshin in Azerbaijan could threaten a real danger. I think the foreign Ministry needs to seriously attend to the fate of its citizens”, – said the MP.

According to Zatulin, the behavior of Azerbaijan is the more unreasonable against the background of going with big chances of success of negotiations on the reunification of Cyprus. “Visitors are always welcome to visit both the Turkish and the Greek part of Cyprus. The policy of smoothing the inter-ethnic relations has meant that now the international community is seriously considering the question of unification of the island. Azerbaijan, instead, to ease the tension, increase it,” he complained.

The analyst Martynov believes that the foreign Ministry would now formally issue recommendations not to visit Belarus the Russians, who used to travel to Karabakh from the Armenian side. According to him, the scandals, like the case Lapshin, is the security Service of Azerbaijan’s intelligence service which “runs so contrary to the will of the people and the government of the country which occupies a certain position on the rapprochement with Russia, doggedly to work to incitement to hatred not only between Moscow and Yerevan, but Moscow and Baku”, – summed up the Russian expert.


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