John Bolton did not make any strong statements in support of foreign and independent media in Azerbaijan
The National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, John Bolton, stopped over in Azerbaijan yesterday during his visit to the region.
He met with President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov. Their conversation was mainly about regional issues, the Karabakh conflict and the fight against terrorism.
A press conference was held after the meeting. Journalists asked Bolton if he spoke with Aliyev about human rights and democracy. Bolton replied that he and Aliyev had “a very productive dialogue,” and “there are so many areas where Azerbaijan and the United States can cooperate in and learn from each other”.
When asked about the issue of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty which was closed in 2014, Bolton said he did not discuss the issue with Aliyev, arguing that “the United States does not intend to lecture other countries”.
Trump’s advisor did not bring any new proposals to the table for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, saying he had not come “to change US policy in the region”.