“The politicization of sports by the Armenian Prime Minister and interference in issues that are not related to him is most likely based on an attempt to cover up the internal problems that he faces,” said spokesperson for Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, Leyla Abdullayeva commenting on the telephone conversation between Arsenal football player Henrikh Mkhitaryan Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan claiming that Mkhitaryan could not participate in the UEFA Europa League final due to the racist position of Baku.
She noted that the leader of such a mono-ethnic state as Armenia carried out ethnic cleansing in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and committed the Khojaly genocide has no right to talk about racism. It does not fit into any framework. We want to remind the Prime Minister of Armenia that, despite the occupation of our territories by the Armenian armed forces, tens of thousands of Armenians live in Azerbaijan today. In general, representatives of various religions and peoples lived and live in peace and tranquility in our country. I would like to note that many foreign fans who visited Azerbaijan during the final of the Europa League, which Armenia followed with great zeal, saw the situation in our country with their own eyes. "