Tensions with Iran push Azerbaijan towards NATO
By Messenger Staff
Friday, February 24On April 9, a high-ranking NATO delegation will visit Azerbaijan in order to begin negotiations on granting the country an Individual Partnership Action Plan.
The meeting will discuss Azeri politics, security, defense, scientific capability, and environment problems.
So far, Azerbaijan has been moving very cautiously towards NATO, out of consideration for its neighbour, Iran. However, the tense political situation in the region has prompted Baku to seek a new policy direction.
Azeri analysts believe that NATO will be welcoming of their country, as it could help further separate Tehran and Moscow, it could secure an otherwise "risky" country like Azerbaijan, and it may provide access to Azeri energy resources.