Calls Armenia ‘a country of no value’
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev took to Twitter this week to unleash an anti-Armenian tirade after calling the Armenian lobby the number one enemy of Azerbaijan over the weekend, at the 20thanniversary celebration of the establishment of his New Azerbaijan Party.
Aliyev caused an internet storm after his official Twitter account posted several dozen sharply worded statements against Armenia, reported Agence France Presse (AFP).
Most of the brief messages were recycled from a long speech he gave last weekend, but the sudden, inflammatory Tweets posted Tuesday afternoon prompted a top Armenian lawmaker to compare the messages to Nazi German propaganda.
“The Armenian lobby is our main enemy and we are the main enemy for them,” said Aliyev’s official Twitter account, @presidentaz.
“Armenia is a country of no value. It is actually a colony, an outpost run from abroad… Evidence of this is the mass exodus of people from Armenia to other countries,” another Tweet read.
“Azerbaijan grows stronger and more powerful by the year, while Armenia weakens and declines every year,” he said in another Tweet.
The tirade drew a furious reaction from Armenian Parliamentary Deputy chairman Eduard Sharmazanov, who called Aliyev a “totalitarian leader of a totalitarian state.”
“Aliyev shows by his cynical proclamations that there are still supporters of fascism in the 21st century, and that this ideology flourishes thanks to leaders like him,” Sharmazanov told AFP. “His remarks recall the 1930s-40s and Hitler,” he added.
Ali Hasanov, a senior Azerbaijan administration official, did not attempt to soften the rhetoric, saying Aliyev had “laid out the facts and realities of modern-day Armenia” in his speech over the weekend.
“All of Armenia’s resources are directed at supporting the separatist [Karabagh] regime on Azerbaijan’s occupied territories,” he said, calling Armenia a country with an agenda driven by outside forces.