Yerevan should conduct good faith negotiations in order to achieve peace in the South Caucasus, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Aykhan Hajizade replied to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
He stated that any escalation of the conflict should be resolved on the basis of the norms and principles of international law, which was supported by the international community. Hajizade concluded that respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity should prevail in the South Caucasus.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev also condemned Yerevan's growing aggressive rhetoric towards Baku. He stressed that such statements deteriorate the situation in the region.
The Head of state noted that during the period of occupation of Azerbaijani territories and in the post-war period, the Armenian side carried out a massive disinformation campaign, shifting all responsibility to Azerbaijan.
"Armenian leadership accused Azerbaijan of ethnic cleansing and military rhetoric by the leadership of Armenia, while, in fact, it was the Armenian leadership who carried out ethnic cleansing and massacres against Azerbaijanis for 30 years, kept our territories under occupation for 30 years, devastated cities and villages. That's why this accusation is an example of fraud", Ilham Aliyev reminded.
The President called on the Armenian authorities to give up aggressive rhetoric, encroachment on the territorial integrity and interference in the internal affairs of Azerbaijan.
Earlier, on his social networks Pashinyan posted a text stating that the peace treaty between Baku and Yerevan would be based on joint official statements adopted at the highest level. The Prime Minister of Armenia added that "there will be no new escalation".