The escalations which Azerbaijan recently provoked on the Nagorno-Karabakh frontline are an attempt by the country’s leadership to deflect public attention from domestic problem, the Azerbaijani-Talish journalist who was recently given asylum in Armenia said today.
At a public debate held at the Ombudsman’s office, Shahin Mirzoyev attributed the tensions to President Ilham Aliyev’s move to appoint his wife, Mehriban, a deputy president.
“It is common knowledge that Aliyev appointed his wife vice president, and the interior minister appointed his son a deputy minister. Those promotions stirred up public sentiments. So what the Aliyev regime is trying to do now is to escalate the situation on the border to divert public attention,” he explained.
Mirzoyev, who faced threats of death penalty in Azerbaijan, said he now feels absolutely safe and comfortable in Armenia.