Blogger Alexander Lapshin’s detention in Azerbaijan is not an issue for the OSCE, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the OSCE said in a statement responding to Armenia raising the issue of Alexander Lapshin at the OSCE Permanent Council, APA reported.
The mission said that the criminal case opened by jointly by Azerbaijan and Belarus.
“Alexander Lapshin is a citizen of a few countries. Therefore, those countries act as a third party in following the legal procedure, which Armenia has nothing to do with. It’s indicative of Armenia regularly organizing trips to the occupied Azerbaijani territories for foreign citizens in order to use it afterwards to achieve its political ambitions. We call on journalists and foreign citizens to avoid visiting our occupied lands illegally, without Azerbaijan’s consent,” the statement said.