Today’s Trend News Agency of Azerbaijan has no fewer than three articles in its English-language version on comments made by Russian member of parliament Vladimir Zhirinovsky. In none of them is it mentioned, or even hinted at, what he said. Zhirinovsky of course is what he is. But as he and President Vladimir Putin appear to have reached a modus vivendi over the past twenty years, Putin will have to swallow another indignity from his friends in Baku.
What is significant in what follows, and what it represents, is the bullying, chauvinistic and threatening tone of the two Azerbaijanis, one a parliamentarian, the other a putative political expert. Their abrasive and adolescent phraseology is perfectly in keeping with a military aggressor that celebrates triumphs over outgunned adversaries. In fact it is pathetic bravado, braggadocio, rodomontade. As belligerent and bellicose as it is blustering and banal.
The rhetoric is complementary to the customary brute emotings of the nation’s head of state, Victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev; he of such specimens of statesmanlike finesse as “We are the winning country. We have destroyed Armenia” and “We have created a new reality. We created it by shedding blood, showing courage, driving out the enemy. Today everyone should reckon with us and will reckon with us.”
Even a predictably demagogic figure like Zhirinovsky, a member of the State Duma and the leader of a political party, is not permitted to shoot his mouth off on a Russian radio program without the Iron Fist regime in Baku comparing him to Adolf Hitler and summoning the Russian chargé d’affaires to order Azerbaijan’s “strategic partner” to tell its deputy to shut up. Baku is now instructing the servile Russian regime in what its citizens are permitted to say in public.
Even as Moscow capitulates to such humiliating diplomatic degradation, troops of its strategic partner Azerbaijan are participating in the Pentagon-led Agile Spirit NATO war games in Georgia near Russia’s border.
Zhirinovsky probably forgot that, unlike Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are independent countries. His stupid thoughts only cause laughter and ridicule in society.
“…The relations between Azerbaijan and Russia are based on the friendship of the heads of our states, have historical roots and are in the nature of strategic cooperation. Our countries are interested in deepening, developing and strengthening bilateral relations, and in this regard, there is an intergovernmental commission to expand cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan….”
“…Can’t you see that in matters of independence and statehood, all citizens of the country, regardless of their nationality, religion and political convictions, have united around the “Iron Fist”? You seem to be annoyed that we ensured the territorial integrity of the country by destroying the Armenian army with an “iron fist”, which is a symbol of solidarity and unity. Not only in Russia, but all over the world they know that you are a politician-jester. You look more like a comedian than a politician. Your stupid and crazy thoughts have no meaning for the Azerbaijani society.”
“Everyone connected with politics knows who Zhirinovsky is. In Russia it is called ‘Zhirik,’ and this is an abbreviated form of the word ‘wen,’ that is, a derivative of the word ‘fat’ … A pile of useless fat that is surgically removed.”
“Today, all the political parties of Azerbaijan demonstrate solidarity around the basic principles of our statehood, and with a single voice stand up for our national interests. The great victory in the 44-day Patriotic War under the leadership of the President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev is a symbol of inexhaustible strength and unity for every citizen of Azerbaijan, regardless of his political views. This strength and unity will lead Azerbaijan to new victories, and people like Zhirinovsky will only have to watch after our Victory caravan.”
Turkey is working to preserve world peace in crisis areas including Libya, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh, Dmitry Polyanskiy, first deputy permanent representative of Russia to the United Nations, said Thursday, adding that both countries are cooperating in these areas.
Underlining the importance of Ankara for Moscow, Polyanskiy told reporters at the U.N. headquarters in New York, “Turkey is a neighboring country with which we have relations dating back centuries.” [A quaint way of alluding to several centuries of war between the two states.]