Azerbaijan calls for Russian tennis player to be punished for ‘incident’ in Australia

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The Azerbaijan Tennis Federation sent a protest to the International Tennis Federation against Karen Khachanov, a Russian tennis player of Armenian origin. He previously made a gesture of support for the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian media write today, January 23.

At the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament, Karen Khachanov, who reached the 1/8 finals in the men’s competition on January 20, attracted attention with an “unpleasant act,” the Azerbaijani federation said in a statement.

Beating an American that day Francis Tiafoethe Russian wrote on the lens of the camera installed at the court: “Artsakh (Armenian historical name of Nagorno-Karabakh. — Ord.), hold on!!!”

“I have repeatedly said that I honor and appreciate my roots. I am a citizen of Russia, I represent Russia, but on my father’s and mother’s side I have Armenian blood. I wanted to somehow support, give them faith, strength, “ Khachanov later explained his act (quote from

The Azerbaijan Tennis Federation, in connection with the incident, hastened to condemn “this incident” and, in order to avoid its recurrence, asks to punish the Russian athlete by taking “stronger measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

Recall that the Lachin corridor, the only transport link between Nagorno-Karabakh and the outside world, has been blocked by Azerbaijani activists since December 12. According to the tripartite statement of the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan dated November 9, 2020, the 5 km wide corridor should be under the control of the Russian peacekeeping contingent.

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