The statement of the former ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan, Belarus, and Moldova, Isfandiyar Vahabzade, caused a real stir in Russia and became a cause of scandal. A few days ago, the former diplomat called the Russians pigs that spread a stench all over the world.
This is how Vahabzadeh reacted to the statement of Russian politician, State Duma deputy Vladimir Zhirinovsky that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is a dictator.
First, Vladimir Zhirinovsky himself responded to the ambassador's statement, demanding that a criminal case be filed against Vahabzadeh, calling the statement itself medieval.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry refused to comment on Ambassador Vahabzadeh’s statement because, according to official Baku, the figure does not reflect the general position of either the ministry or the state.
Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Peter Tolstoy does not agree with official Baku's position.
“Although he is a former diplomat, he knows very well what is allowed and what is not,” Tolstoy said, demanding from Vahabzadeh apologizing.
“People can forgive each other, but the insult to an entire nation, faith or state leaves a mark on the history of relations between countries,” Tolstoy said, warning of the consequences.
The official response of the Russian side did not take long, either. Russia’s Interior Ministry has banned the former ambassador from entering Russia for 50 years. The reason is clear: Vahabzadeh is spreading ethnic animosity.