Azerbaijani military and political analysts are disputing a March 28 report on an American website that alleges Israel has gained access to airbases in Azerbaijan for possible use in an attack against Iran.
While one member of Azerbaijan’s parliament tells EurasiaNet.org that he believes Israel is seeking such access, he, along with other local analysts, believe that the risks of Baku’s granting such a request far outweigh the potential benefits.
“There is infrastructure, and I believe the Israelis are probing the possibility of its use. But, of course, there is no consent by Baku,” said Rasim Musabekov, an independent MP who sits on parliament’s International Relations and Inter-Parliamentary Affairs Committee.
It is “a great exaggeration to say that a decision has already been made and Azerbaijan has turned into one Israeli airbase,” he added.
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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance reporter based in Baku.