Azerbaijan always relies on its own strength – this is the key to its success

Azerbaijan always relies on its own strength – this is the key to its success

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has chaired a meeting dedicated to the results of the first quarter of 2022. The head of state made an opening speech at the meeting.

United World International’s expert Mehmet Perinçek evaluated this speech of Ilham Aliyev on the Azerbaijan news portal day.az. We present this evaluation, published in Russian, in English to United World International readers.

Azerbaijan has always relied on national resources, on it’s own capabilities and tried to develop them. It also relies only on itself today, to restore the liberated territories.

Well-known Turkish publicist, political scientist and historian Mehmet Perinçek said this in a comment to Day.Az.

According to Perinçek, if a country does not have enough strength to counter a threat or solve serious problems, it certainly needs international partners to balance the situation. It is not always possible to resist the threats on your own. However, if there is a threat of aggression or the country faces difficult tasks, national resources are the main thing here. The state’s own resources are always the main force. And above all, you need to rely on your own strength.

“If there are no national resources, then international partners would not be able to help. Azerbaijan has always relied on its own national resources, capabilities and tried to develop them. It won the war on its own. It also relies only on itself today, restoring the liberated territories. This is exactly what President Ilham Aliyev was talking about at the meeting with the government” our interlocutor said.

It is necessary to develop national resources not only in connection with military aggression, but also in the military, the economy, and the socio-political segment, the Turkish expert believes. These resources must constantly develop. Of course, sometimes you may need external help when your own strength is not enough. But this external assistance should strengthen, not demean the country’s sovereignty, Perinçek stressed. International cooperation is good, international solidarity is wonderful, international mutual assistance is also a wonderful thing. But all this should serve to strengthen the sovereignty, not to destroy.

“In Azerbaijan, as what is happening in the region shows, this is well understood. We clearly saw this especially during the 44-day war. Azerbaijan received support from different countries, but the main role in the liberation war was played by the Azerbaijani people, the Azerbaijani army and by the Azerbaijani leadership. Azerbaijan has international partners, but cooperating with them serves to strengthen its sovereignty, not to weaken it. Azerbaijan is a positive example. There is also a negative one: Armenia. Armenians have always relied on external assistance, waiting for freedom from the hands of external forces. They thought that those foreign powers would help them. But these forces interfere in regional affairs only in their own selfish interests, using countries such as Armenia, as well as people and minorities. But they do not help them. On the contrary, the intervention of external forces always harms those people and countries” our interlocutor noted.

As for the double standards that President Ilham Aliyev spoke about at a recent meeting, according to Mehmet Perinçek, the hypocrisy of the West is not new, it has happened more than once in history. Take, for example, the attitude towards the use of Bayraktars. During the Karabakh war, Perincek recalled, Western propaganda called Turkish drones “killers”. And now they support their use in Ukraine, because today it is beneficial for Europe.

Mehmet Perinçek

Historian and political scientist (Türkiye)

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June 2024