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Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US and NATO

A Silk Way Airlines Il-76, part of the fleet that helps ferry cargo to Afghanistan for the NATO mission there. Azerbaijan has threatened to cut off that cooperation in retaliation for increasing pressure from the West on human rights and democracy. (photo: Silk Way Airlines)

Azerbaijan has threatened to cut off its military cooperation with the West in response to escalating pressure on Baku for its human rights violations. But that threat may ring hollow in light of Azerbaijan's declining importance for Western militaries.

United States Senator Richard Durbin on September 7 proposed sanctions against Azerbaijan. The move would bar entry into the U.S. of officials deemed connected to the imprisonment of Mehman Aliyev, the director of Turan, Azerbaijan's only independent news agency. 

An article in the official newspaper Azerbaycan tied that proposal to a recent big investigative report showing the scale of Azerbaijani corruption in Europe; the article blamed "Soros-backed forces and the Armenian lobby" for "rush[ing] to make efforts to spoil the US-Azerbaijani relations and strategic partnership."

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