"It causes serious regret and perplexity that the All-Russia Azerbaijani Congress has been annulled at the request of the Russian Justice Ministry while the Russian president is pursuing a policy of developing relations between ethnic communities and their greater involvement in Russia's social and political life,"
"We consider this step as a manifestation of discrimination and bias towards people, who are Russian citizens, over their ethnicity,"
"We believe that such an approach will not serve the balance of ethnic relations in Russia, the concept of reforms implemented in the country and the strengthening of dialogue between
He added that the congress was set up on the basis of Russian laws and that other ethnic NGOs still operate in Russia.
Haciyev hinted that the Armenian diaspora in Russian might be behind the court ruling.
"Certainly, if we come to the conclusion that Armenian diaspora circles have such influence on Russia's domestic and foreign policies, then the danger posed to the prospect of Russian-Azerbaijan inter-state relations is a cause for regret," he said.
"The Russian Federation,
The suspension of the All-Russia Azerbaijani Congress, while Russia gives its full support to the Union of Armenians of Russia, could be viewed as an example of imbalance in relations towards ethnic-Armenian and ethnic-Azerbaijani residents of Russia, which can negatively influence Russia's role as a mediator in the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Haciyev opined.
The All-Russia Azerbaijani Congress was set up in 2001; Russian President Vladimir Putin of Russia and