European or Asiatic?
"I expected Azerbaijan to be more Oriental, more Eastern. But, basically, the culture here is very European. You feel it. Of course, being located between two continents, Azerbaijan has its own distinctiveness. It seems to me that the European culture here has passed through an Asiatic filter which gives it more sophistication, sensitivity and subtletyall characteristics of the Middle East and the Orient."
Alessandro Fallavollita, Italian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, in an interview with Azerbaijan International in November 1997.
From Azerbaijan International (5.4) Winter 1997
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