According to the Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth, Sports and the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee, Azerbaijan weightlifters will not participate in the European Championship in response to the flag burning provocation at the opening ceremony of the competition.
The author of the demonstration of burning the flag of Azerbaijan is a designer. Aram Nikolian. It is known that law enforcement officers want to file a lawsuit on the grounds that it is an article about hooliganism. However, the lawyer Alexander Kochubaev reported that the criminal case was dismissed.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the incident and described it as a “barbaric act”. According to ministry officials, endorsing the arsonist’s actions is an example of ethnic hatred and xenophobia. The Azerbaijani side believes that the politicization of sports should not be allowed.
Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan announced the consequences of Armenia’s actions. The press service of the Ministry noted that when the world community called for negotiations for a peace agreement, the country continued to provocation.
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