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In Azerbaijan, public TV makes kids sing an anti-Macron tune

In Azerbaijan, public TV makes kids sing an anti-Macron tune

ITV Screenshot Azerbaijani TV presenter sings ‘anti-Macron’ tune with kids.

ITV Screenshot

Azerbaijani TV presenter sings ‘anti-Macron’ tune with kids.

AZERBAIJAN – “He’s pro-Armenian (…), he makes us false guarantees”. In a video extract printed on the Azerbaijani public tv channel ITV, a presenter sings, with a smile, a tune hostile to French President Emmanuel Macron, surrounded by about fifteen kids. The unbiased media Eurasianet stories that this video was then relayed on the social networks of the TV channel.

The lyrics of this tune affirm that President Macron is “professional Armenian” however he additionally does “false guarantees” to Azerbaijan. The presenter lists these accusations, to which the youngsters reply: “E-MMA-NUEL”. Within the feedback seen below the Youtube video, some viewers level to the usage of kids for political functions.

This assault towards the French head of state follows a number of declarations from Paris within the resumption of hostilities within the area of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) in Armenia but in addition on the very borders of the Republic of Armenia. Throughout an interview with France 2 on October 12, Emmanuel Macron mentioned that Azerbaijan had led “a horrible battle” in 2020 and that France doesn’t “would by no means let go” the Armenians. These phrases didn’t go unnoticed and Baku retorted by judging these remarks “insulting”.

Tensions that don’t date from yesterday

Armenia, an ally of Russia, and Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey, have clashed in two wars over the previous three a long time for management of Nagorny Karabakh, an Armenian-majority enclave. The final battle, within the fall of 2020, killed 6,500 folks and ended with a ceasefire mediated by Moscow, which deployed a contingent of peacekeepers on the spot.

However on September 13, hostilities resumed with an Azerbaijani offensive on Nagorno-Karabakh and the Republic of Armenia, notably within the Syunik area and additional north within the city of Jermuk. On each side, these assaults have been the deadliest since 2020 with practically 300 deaths.

A couple of days later, throughout this similar interview on France 2, Emmanuel Macron known as on the 2 nations to dialogue due to “many questions stay unanswered” round their stories. He additionally added that this new offensive was orchestrated by Azerbaijan.

An announcement that didn’t cross for Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who known as the remarks “insulting, unacceptable, false and provocative statements” by including : “we exercised our proper to self-defense and restored our territorial integrity by power” at a political summit.

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