Azerbaijan has rejected the claim of the “Bild” newspaper that there was allegedly an interview promise by President Aliyev. The head of state does not give interviews to “tabloids” such as the “Bild”, a presidential adviser stressed.
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev will not give an interview to the “Bild” newspaper. The Azerbaijani presidential adviser Hikmet Hadjiev confirmed this on Wednesday via Twitter, thus putting an end to the assertion of the deputy “Bild” editor-in-chief, Paul Ronzheimer. Aliyev said that “tabloids” do not give interviews as a matter of principle, and called on Ronzheimer to maintain professionalism.
Ronzheimer had previously claimed on his Twitter page that Aliyev had agreed to an interview about the situation in the conflict region of Nagorno-Karabakh. But he later decided against it.
“@ronzheimer, please be informed that nobody has agreed to an interview with BILD,” Hadjiev replied on Twitter late Wednesday. President Aliyev prefers “to give interviews for professional media, not for the ‘tabloid press'”.
@ronzheimer please be informed that no one has given any consent to give interview to BILD. Your statement on behalf of Azerbaijani Gov is unprofessional. My President @presidentaz prefers to give interview to professional media not ‘yellow media outlets’ pic.twitter.com/Fyahqf6F3c
– Hikmet Hajiyev (@HikmetHajiyev) October 21, 2020
The fighting at the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh flared up again on September 27. The Nagorno-Karabakh region controlled by Armenia belongs to Azerbaijan under international law. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia occupied the area and transferred troops there. A fragile ceasefire has been in effect since 1994. Armenia relies on Russia as a protective power. Moscow has thousands of soldiers and weapons stationed there. Azerbaijan, on the other hand, considers Turkey a close ally.