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Ambassador in Baku vows Russia-Azerbaijan relations to stay unharmed despite Zeinalov affair

October 19, 2013, 3:22 UTC+3

The diplomat said the events were not a part of some specially orchestrated anti-Azerbaijani campaign

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BAKU, October 19 (Itar-Tass) - Russia puts a high value on its relations with Azerbaijan and it will do its utmost to ensure the case of Orkhan Zeinalov, a citizen of Azerbaijan detained in Moscow on suspicion of murder that led to last Sunday's public disorder in the Biryulyovo district, should not mar relations between the two countries, Russian Ambassador in Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin, told journalists Friday.

The diplomat said the events were not a part of some specially orchestrated anti-Azerbaijani campaign.

“No anti-Azerbaijani campaign has been launched in Russia, and there will be no such campaigns in the future. We shall do our utmost to ensure whatever decision the court will make regarding Zeinalov, this episode should not affect the relations between our two countries and our kind feelings towards the people of Azerbaijan working in Russia, who are doing a great and important job to the benefit of our countries,” said Dorokhin.

The Russian diplomat noted that the situation was now on a legal track.

“We are waiting for a court verdict, and are sure there will be a fair decision,” said Dorokhin. He is certain the affair has drawn so much attention in Russia simply because it was a high-profile murder, while the nationality of the suspect had little to do with the surge of emotion.

“I believe we should get away from exaggerated emotions and remember the situation is on the legal track. We should do everything to prevent nationalist trends and sentiment from developing in both Azerbaijan and Russia. We should exert efforts to deal with this episode and continue co-operating as before, in the spirit of friendship and mutual understanding," concluded Dorokhin.

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