The cancellation of next month’s military exercises with the United States has prompted some speculation that the White House may be in the process of "losing" Azerbaijan. But Azerbaijani analysts say that they see no sign that relations between the two countries are heading into a crisis phase.
Azerbaijan’s decision to cancel the May 2010 exercises came two days after an April 17 visit to Baku by US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, who met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Defense Minister Safar Abiyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance correspondent based in Baku. He is also a board member of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation-Azerbaijan.