Azerbaijan accused of granting Israel access to air bases to mount strike against Iran (TELEGRAPH UK) By Our Foreign Staff 03/30/12)
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US diplomats and military intelligence officials have claimed that
Azerbaijan had granted Israel access to its air bases, which could
assist in potential strikes against its neighbour Iran.
Citing anonymous senior officials, Foreign Policy magazine suggested
that cooperation between Azerbaijan and Israel was "heightening the
risks of an Israeli strike on Iran".
The article suggested that access to Azerbaijani airfields near the
Iranian border could give Israeli fighter planes logistical
advantages in carrying out sorties against nuclear facilities in
Iran, which the Jewish state suspects of developing atomic weapons.
The Azerbaijani defence ministry said the claims were "absurd and
A senior official at Azerbaijan´s presidential administration said
such speculation was "aimed at damaging relations between Azerbaijan
Relations between Baku and Tehran have become increasingly strained
in recent months with Iran unhappy about Azerbaijan´s friendly links
with Israel and its reported purchase of hundreds of millions of
dollars´ worth of weapons.
Tehran last month accused Azerbaijan of working with Israel´s spy
services and helping assassins who murdered Iranian nuclear
scientists in recent years - a claim rejected by Baku as "slander".
Tensions have also flared over a series of recent arrests in
Azerbaijan of suspected attack plotters with alleged links to Tehran.
(© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2012. 03/30/12)
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