A senior Foreign Ministry official declined to comment on the impact of the agreement with Turkey on Azerbaijan`s foreign policy, saying only that “Baku conducts an independent foreign policy and bases its decisions on its own national interests.” Nevertheless, Cevikoz believes that the reference to the Strategic Partnership and Mutual Assistance Agreement is also a risky step, given that the document contains provisions that are similar to NATO`s collective defence principle. Article 2 of the agreement provides that in the event of an armed attack against one of the parties, the other will be supported by Article 51 of the UN Charter on self-defence, including “the use of military means and capabilities”. Articles 7 and 8 concern the coordination of military commands and military equipment, infrastructure and logistical support in the framework of joint military operations, in accordance with Article 2, Nov. 17, the Turkish Parliament authorized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to send military forces to Azerbaijan, while Turkish-Russian differences of opinion on the details of a joint ceasefire monitoring center in Ase Rbjan is to be set up in outside the conflict zone in Nagorno-Karabakh. The one-year term gives the President the right to decide on the time, scale and scale of military missions. The agreement, Azerbaijan`s first such pact with another country, indicates that Baku is preparing for the most pessimistic scenario possible — the collapse of peace talks and the resumption of fighting with Armenia over Karabakh, Namazov said. Given the long-standing partnership between Turkey and Baku, it is not surprising that Azerbaijani politicians – opposition and pro-government – enthusiastically welcomed the military cooperation pact. However, the agreement with Turkey has its limits. The Turkish army is not obliged to intervene automatically in the event of aggression against Azerbaijan; such an intervention would take place after “additional consultations”. Hikmet Hajiyev`s visit was followed on 11 September by the visit of a parliamentary delegation led by Sahiba Gafarova, parliament spokesman. During a meeting with Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, Gafarova declared Azerbaijan`s interest in expanding bilateral trade between the two countries. .