Ziyafet Askerov, Vice Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, demanded that Kremlin should say “decisive word on end of the Armenian occupation”.

At the meeting with Viktor Maslov, the Deputy Chairman of Defense and Security Committee, Russian Federation Council, Askerov stressed that Azerbaijan has increased its defense expenditures and will continue doing it in 2010 as well. The Azerbaijani official reasoned it by “Armenia’s occupation of the Azerbaijani lands”.

Askerov also noted that “all should know that Azerbaijan will solve the Karabakh problem by any means. We will not permit establishment of the second Armenian state in the Azerbaijani territories.”

In response to this long speech, Maslov just said that Russia supports peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict.