Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said here on Thursday that his country would not allow any third country to use it to attack Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"According to Azerbaijan's rules, no third country can use our country to attack another country," Mammadyarov told a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki.
Commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal of Moscow and Washington jointly using the Gabala radar base in Azerbaijan, Mammadyarov said the two sides' cooperation in this regard will help the stability of the region.
For his part, Mottaki said Tehran was following the Gabala radar issue in both Baku and Moscow "carefully and with sensitivity," because it would be an issue concerning Iran's security.
Mottaki said that visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained to him on Wednesday that Russia did not consider Iran as a threat and it should not be used to justify Washington's plan to deploy missile shield system in eastern Europe.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Lavrov stressed that if the United States had any suspicion of such a threat, it could be removed by using the Gabala radar in Azerbaijan, as was proposed by Putin at the G8 summit earlier this month.
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