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Michael Doran: “During war, Israel rejected US request not to sell weapons to Azerbaijan”

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During the Second Karabakh War, the United States asked Israel to suspend arms shipments to Azerbaijan but got a rejection, American analyst Michael Doran writes in his article published in the English-language quarterly publication of the ADA University Baku Dialogues.

“At earlier stages of the war, Washington was not entirely absent but took positions that left its friends scratching their heads. Which brings me to my second personal anecdote. A senior official in the Israeli government, who had direct knowledge of the events in question, told me that, during the fighting, a very senior White House official called to request that the Israelis put the brakes on the resupply of the Azerbaijani military. Eager to broker a ceasefire, that American official apparently calculated that, because the Azerbaijanis held the upper hand on the battlefield, they were reluctant to accept a ceasefire. If, however, Israel would slow or stop the flow of weapons shipments, then Baku’s calculus might change. The Israeli official politely refused the request, explaining to the American that allies don’t abandon allies in the middle of a war. The White House official did not push the issue again,” Doran said.

Michael Doran is Director of the Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East at the Hudson Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is a former Senior Director in the US National Security Council, Senior Advisor in the US State Department, and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense of the United States.

Doran is known for his support of Israel, as well as his support for cooperation between the United States, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. He supported Azerbaijan's position in the Karabakh conflict, describing it as an important ally of Washington against Iran.

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Nikol Pashinyan’s working visit to Moscow starts

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has begun a working visit to Russia, Report informs via Aysor.

The Armenian prime minister will attend a meeting of leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Moscow.

Pashinyan is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Armenia is chairing the CSTO this year.

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Program of Lithuanian president’s visit to Azerbaijan revealed

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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan on May 18, Report informs referring to the Lithuanian presidential press service.

Nauseda is expected to hold a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku.

During the visit, it is planned to discuss bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and Lithuania in the field of energy and economy, the security situation in the Caucasus region, cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU.

The president of Lithuania will also take part in the Lithuanian-Azerbaijani business forum and meet with Prime Minister Ali Asadov.

After Azerbaijan, the president of Lithuania will visit Armenia.

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Azerbaijan, Iran mull prospects of co-op in book industry, literature

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The prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran in the field of the book industry and literature have been discussed, Report informs referring to the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan.

As part of participation in the 33rd Tehran International Book Fair, the head of the Azerbaijani delegation, head of the book industry department of the Ministry of Culture Akif Marifli met with Vice President of the Tehran International Book Fair and Director of the Iranian House of Books and Literature Ali Ramezani.

The prospects for cooperation between the two countries in the field of the book industry and literature were discussed at the meeting.

The 33rd Tehran International Book Fair will last until May 21.

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