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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Azeris Ask for Food Aid

ANKARA, Turkey () -- Azerbaijan's president has asked Turkey to provide urgent food aid to his country, blaming a serious food shortage on "the critical domestic economic situation."

Heidar Aliyev, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, said Azerbaijan could get food only from Turkey since the railway to Russia was cut off because of the struggle in Chechnya.

"We are desperate for Turkey's help," he said. "I hope that Turkey will not let us down.''

Aliyev was scheduled to meet President Suleyman Demirel on Wednesday.