Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Belarusian gymnasts rank first in synchronized trampoline program at FIG World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/191148.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 18:25:00 +0400 By TrendBelarusian gymnasts (52.720 points) won gold medal in men's synchronized trampoline program at the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku, Trend reports.French gymnasts (51.310 points) ranked second, while the Kazakh gymnasts (50.780 points) came in third.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 15-16. Azerbaijan is represented by gymnast Farid Mustafayev in the tumbling finals on February 16.The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. Russian gymnasts rank first in synchronized trampoline program at FIG World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/191147.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 18:17:00 +0400 By TrendRussian gymnasts (48.530 points) won gold medal in women's synchronized trampoline program at the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku, Trend reports.Ukrainian gymnasts (48.430 points) ranked second, while the US gymnasts (48.010 points) came in third.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 15-16. Azerbaijan is represented by gymnast Farid Mustafayev in the tumbling finals on February 16.The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. Baku hosts awarding ceremony for winners of individual tumbling program at FIG World Cup in ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/191146.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 18:04:00 +0400 By TrendThe awarding ceremony for winners of the individual tumbling program at the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling was held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 16, Trend reports.Among men, US gymnast Brown Kaden ranked first, while Australian gymnast Ethan Mcguinness ranked second and Russian gymnast Aleksandr Lisitsyn came in third.The awards were presented to the winners by the Member of the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics Technical Committee Tatiana Shuyska, Olympic champion, the head of the sport department the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan Farid Mansurov and the coach of the Azerbaijani National Team in Tumbling Adil Huseynzada.Among women, Russian gymnast Viktoriia Danilenko ranked first, while another Russian gymnast Irina Silicheva ranked second and US gymnast Tia Taylor came in third.The awards were presented to the winners by the Member of the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics Technical Committee Christophe Lambert, Director of National Gymnastics Arena Magsud Farzullayev and Manager of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Farid Mammadzada.The AGF Trophy Cup is also traditionally awarded for the highest score. The winners of the AGF Trophy Cup were US' Hope Bravo and Russian Maksim Riabikov. The cup was presented by the Secretary General of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Nurlana Mammadzada.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. Azerbaijan is represented by gymnast Farid Mustafayev in the tumbling finals on Feb. 16.The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. Hikmet Hajiyev: Int’l community once again witnessed Armenia’s helplessness http://www.today.az/news/politics/191145.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 17:51:00 +0400 By TrendThe international community once again witnessed Armenia’s helplessness and heard its groundless, false arguments,Assistant of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev said, Trend reports. Will be updated Russian gymnast ranks first in individual tumbling at FIG World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/191144.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 17:39:00 +0400 By TrendRussian gymnast Viktoriia Danilenko (66.600 points) won gold medal in women's individual tumbling at the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku, Trend reports.Another Russian gymnast Irina Silicheva (64.800 points) ranked second, while the US gymnast Tia Taylor (64.300 points) came in third.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 15-16. Azerbaijan is represented by gymnast Farid Mustafayev in the tumbling finals on February 16.The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. US gymnast wins gold medal in tumbling at FIG World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/191143.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 17:26:00 +0400 By TrendUS gymnast Brown Kaden (75.400 points) won gold medal in men's individual tumbling at the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku, Trend reports.Australian gymnast Ethan Mcguinness (73.600 points) ranked second, while the Russian gymnast Aleksandr Lisitsyn came in third with 72.700 points.In the finals, Azerbaijani gymnast Farid Mustafayev ranked eighth with 57.600 points.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is underway at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. Azerbaijan is represented by gymnast Farid Mustafayev in the tumbling finals on Feb. 16.The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. Armenian political analyst: We saw Pashinyan's real image in Munich http://www.today.az/news/politics/191142.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 16:48:00 +0400 By TrendIt became clear in Munich who behaves behind the scenes, who dictates, and who "fails", a political analyst Andranik Tevanyan wrote on his Facebook page, Trend reports."Pashinyan, obviously, was not ready and aside from the empty formula “the conflict’s settlement should serve the interests of Armenia, “Artsakh” and Azerbaijan”, he had nothing to say... In Munich, we saw the real image of Pashinyan. Pashinyan lacked relevant knowledge, the ability to respond quickly, a real 'spirit'. Pashinyan, speaking to the international audience with such an image, again proved that the role of the head of state is too big for him," the analyst said. Political analyst: Pashinyan was helpless facing historical truth, facts voiced by President ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/191141.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 16:30:00 +0400 By TrendStatements by President Ilham Aliyev during panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the Munich Security Conference will be written in golden letters in Azerbaijan's diplomatic history, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Center for Social Research, political analyst Elshad Mirbashiroglu told Trend.The analyst noted that the debates, broadcast live around the world, were memorable because the Azerbaijani president held a master class for his opponent."Mr. President adequately introduced the Azerbaijani people to the world by showing the highest level of education, intelligence, discussion skills, as well English language skills, and logical and factual approach to certain issues. Nikol Pashinyan once again demonstrated his lack of professionalism and amateurism, proving that he has no difference from his predecessors. Pashinyan learned his lesson in Munich that should lead the Armenian leadership to finally stop living in a world of illusions," Mirbashiroglu said.Mirbashiroglu noted that Pashinyan, who lied several times and made historical distortions in each sentence, could not hide his helplessness before the weighty arguments of the Azerbaijan president."Pashinyan was helpless facing the historical truth and facts voiced by President Ilham Aliyev. The head of state was talking about real historical events that took place in the region at the beginning of the 20th century. It was a triumph of justice," the analyst added.The political analyst noted that President Ilham Aliyev, objectively substantiating the fact that Nagorno Karabakh is an ancient Azerbaijani land, recalling the history of Khankendi, exposed the 100-year-old Armenian lie in Munich in a 10-15 minute speech. Awarding ceremony for winners of individual program at FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/191140.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 15:39:00 +0400 The awarding ceremony for winners of the individual trampoline program at the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling was held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 16, Trend reports.Among women, China's Xueying Zhu ranked first, while another Chinese gymnast Lingling Liu ranked second and Canada's Samantha Smith finished in the third place.The awards were handed to the winners by the member of the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics Technical Committee Sing Liu, Secretary General of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Nurlana Mammadzade and Manager of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Farhad Ahmadbayli.Among men, the best result was shown by China's Lei Gao, while the Belarusian athlete Ivan Litvinovich won the silver medal and another Chinese gymnast Dong Dong grabbed the bronze medal.The awards were handed to the winners by the vice-president of the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics Technical Committee Dmitry Polyarush, member of the executive committee of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Mariana Vasileva and Director of the international relations department of Azerbaijan's National Olympic Committee Anar Baghirov.The AGF Trophy Cup is also traditionally awarded for the highest score. The winners of the AGF Trophy Cup was China's Xueying Zhu and Uladzislau Hancharou of Belarus. The cup was presented by the President of the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics Technical Committee Horst Kunze.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. Azerbaijan will be represented by gymnast Farid Mustafayev in the tumbling finals on February 16.The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to proceed to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. MFA: All responsibility for bloody provocation which serves to rising tension lies with Armenia http://www.today.az/news/politics/191139.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 15:01:00 +0400 By TrendThe Armed Forces of Armenia blatantly violated the ceasefire regime and the serviceman of the Azerbaijani Army Seymur Alasgarov was killed by a sniper on Feb. 15, Trend reports with reference to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry."This provocation by the Armed Forces of Armenia just on the eve of the meeting of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia in the margins of the Munich Security Conference demonstrates that Armenia, as it was before the meeting of the foreign ministers of two countries in Geneva at the end of January in a provocative manner continuously and consistently, intends to jeopardize and even undermine the ongoing peace process under the auspices of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs," the ministry's spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva said."All responsibility for this bloody provocation which serves to rising tension lies with Armenia," Abdullayeva added."May the soul of our Martyr rest in peace." Ilham Aliyev: Karabakh conflict resolution must provide for Azerbaijan's territorial integrity http://www.today.az/news/politics/191138.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 14:50:00 +0400 Any solution which will be achieved as a result of peaceful negotiation must provide preservation of internationally recognized territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference,Azernews reports."First of all, I would like to express gratitude to chairman Ischinger for organizing this event. I told Mr Ischinger now that there was an opportunity to deliver the messages from Armenian and Azerbaijani leadership several years ago, in Davos and predecessor of Mr. Pashinyan was supposed to attend but last moment he cancelled his participation. So I am glad that finally, we get to the point, so we will be able to deliver the messages and to answer the questions which I think will be enough today. So, first of all, on the resolution. In order to talk about how to resolve the conflict, first we need to go back and look to the history of the issue. Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan. This is historical truth, and this is based on the international law norms," President Ilham Aliyev said."The territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is recognized by the whole world, and Nagorno-Karabakh is an integrated part of our country. From historical point of view, back in 1805 the khan of Karabakh Ibrahim khan signed a treaty with general of Russian Empire Tsitsianov. Under this treaty, the Karabakh khanate, Azerbaijani Karabakh khanate as an independent country became under the rule of the Russian Empire. In that treaty which was called Kurakchay treaty-the text of this treaty is on internet-nothing is said about Armenian population of Karabakh. Other treaties were signed in 1813 and 1828-Gulustan and Turkmanchay.Under these treaties the rest part of Azerbaijan became part of Russian Empire and Dagestan, Georgia and Armenia also. So, this is a historical part of the issue. Then during the period when Russian Empire collapsed, and Georgian and Azerbaijani Democratic Republics were established, one of the first decrees of Azerbaijani Democratic Republic in 1918 was to transfer Yerevan from Azerbaijan to Armenia and to announce it a capital of Armenia. This is also a historical fact. If you give something to someone that means that this something belonged to you. In 1921, the Caucasus bureau of the Bolshevik party made a decision to retain Nagorno-Karabakh within Azerbaijan, to retain and not to transfer as some Armenian historians want to present. This is also the historical fact and the other historical fact is that in 1923 the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic issued a decree on the creation of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous district inside Azerbaijan," President Ilham Aliyev said."So, this is a history, and then, in the end of 80s Armenia launched an aggression against Azerbaijan. 300,000 Azerbaijanis were deported from the territory of Armenia.And then in the beginning of 90s Armenia already launched an aggression against Azerbaijan Republic and as a result of that aggression almost 20 percent of our territories are under occupation and one million of Azerbaijanis became refugees and IDPs.Our people were subject of ethnic cleansing and in 1992, previous Armenian regime committed a war crime, genocide of Khojaly. As a result, 613 innocent civilians among them 106 women and 63 children were brutally killed. More than ten countries recognize the Khojaly genocide. Coming to the international law issue,once again, Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, United Nations Security Council adopted four resolutions demanding withdrawal of Armenian troops, from the occupied territories. This resolutions are not resolved. Therefore, any solution which will be achieved as a result of peaceful negotiation must provide preservation of internationally recognized territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. I will now conclude in order not to use more time than it was planned. Thank you," President Ilham Aliyev added. President Aliyev: OSCE must explain to Armenia that Karabakh is Azerbaijan's territory http://www.today.az/news/politics/191137.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 14:46:00 +0400 The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs should at last very clearly explain to Armenian side that Nagorno-Karabakh is not Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh is not an independent country, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Azernews reports."First of all, I would like to make one comment. I am absolutely sure that we came here to tell the truth. And what I said in my introductory remarks is 100 percent truth, which can be easily checked right now. Just enter the Internet find those documents, which I referred to and you will understand who is telling truth, and who is not. Second comment, I would also like to clarify situation which in Armenia unfortunately became a kind of attempt to find an excuse of what they have done in Khojaly. President Ayaz Mutallibov is in good health and lives in Baku, maybe Armenian side doesn’t know it. Recently and many times he said that he never said the Khojaly genocide was organized by Azerbaijanis. This is as it is said today is a fake news which was invented by some of Armenian journalists in Russia and that was put in Russian press but he never said that. And this is absolutely true. Who committed the genocide in Khojaly, their names are well known. They were local Armenians, Armenians from Armenia and Armenians from diaspora. The names of these people are well-known, and many books and international articles were published about that. Therefore, to say that Azerbaijanis themselves brutally killed 63 children, 100 women and 1000 people are still missing, is a peak of cynicism. With respect to what international community should do, I think the most important thing is that international community-and when we talk about international community we talk primarily about the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ efforts-they should at last very clearly explain to Armenian side that Nagorno-Karabakh is not Armenia. That Nagorno-Karabakh is not an independent country. No one recognizes this illegal entity. So this is number one. The second, I think there should be more international pressure on Armenia in order to implement resolutions of Security Council, because there is no higher international body than the Security Council of the United Nations. They adopted four resolutions.It is easy to check.The numbers of these resolutions are known to specialists. What it says. It says Armenian troops should immediately and unconditionally withdraw from the occupied territories. Not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also seven districts surrounding it are occupied. Armenia wants to hide it. Seven districts where Armenians never lived," President Ilham Aliyev said."In the last Soviet Census of 1989, the population of Nagorno-Karabakh was identified as 189,000 people. Out of which 139,000 Armenians, 48 thousand Azerbaijanis and some other representatives of other people. So all Azerbaijanis were ethnically cleansed from Nagorno-Karabakh and from our ancient city of Shusha, then all Azerbaijanis were ethnically cleansed from seven districts, they committed the genocide against our people, against our culture, they destroyed our mosques, they destroyed our graves, they changed the name of our cities. They now publish the map of Nagorno-Karabakh which consists of all the occupied territories, and then, they say that we should agree with this realities. Therefore, international community should explain that Nagorno-Karabakh is Azerbaijan, and second, put a serious pressure on aggressor to stop. Just one minute. Prime Minister just said about peace, ok I agree, but how it correlates what happened today on the line of contact when Azerbaijani soldier was killed by Armenian sniper?," President Ilham Aliyev added. President Ilham Aliyev: No Armenian historical legacy in Nagorno Karabakh http://www.today.az/news/politics/191136.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 14:46:00 +0400 There was no Armenian historical legacy in Nagorno Karabakh, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Azernews reports."Once again, I came here to tell the truth, and once again I tell. I don’t know what was written in 'Argumenti I Fakti'. 'Argumenti I Fakti' is an independent newspaper, where many Armenians work. And we in Azerbaijan know the number of Armenians who run the leading Russian press so they can write whatever they want. Therefore, I refer to the official statement of the former President of Azerbaijan Ayaz Mutallibov who said that he never said that. So, now, look. The president the former president, his words and the words of one pro-Armenian or Armenian journalist which has more value? This is first thing. About Shaumyan, Mr. Prime Minister was just pointing that it was Stalin who made a decision to give Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan which is wrong because again, look at the Caucasus Bureau July 1921, when it is said to retain Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan and not to transfer it to Azerbaijan. But if he does not like Stalin so much, it is strange why he likes so much Shaumyan? Because Shaumyan was one of the Bolsheviks, he was a person who killed innocent Azerbaijanis, and today’s so-called capital of Nagorno-Karabakh is named after his name. The question, if Nagorno-Karabakh is an ancient Armenian territory why does not it have the ancient Armenian name for the capital? Because the ancient name for the capital is Khankandi. The village of the khan. And the Stepanakert because Shaumyan’s name was Stephan, kert means city in Armenian. Stepanakert was named in the name of that Bolshevik. So that once again proves that there was no Armenian historical legacy on those territories. And coming back to from where I began, this historical issue is important for understanding how the conflict should be resolved," President Ilham Aliyev said. Chinese gymnast wins gold at FIG World Cup individual trampoline program http://www.today.az/news/sports/191133.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 14:42:00 +0400 By TrendChina's Lei Gao, having scored 61.585 points, showed the best result and thus, tanked first in the individual men's trampoline program at the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling held in Baku, Trend reports.Belarusian gymnast Ivan Litvinovich ranked second with 61.360 points, while another Chinese gymnast Dong Dong grabbed the bronze with 60.260 points.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 15-16. Azerbaijan will be represented by gymnast Farid Mustafayev in the tumbling finals on February 16.The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to proceed to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. Ilham Aliyev: Yerevan always disrupts negotiations in decisive moments http://www.today.az/news/politics/191135.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 14:41:00 +0400 Armenian leaders, always in the very decisive moment of negotiations, found some excuses in order not to continue, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Azernews reports."You know, during my experience of negotiation with Armenian leaders, I had this opportunity with two predecessors of Mr Pashinyan. Always in the very decisive moment of negotiations they found some excuses in order not to continue. Otherwise, to put it, all of them wanted to keep status quo unchanged but all of them tried to do it differently. Now, when Prime Minister Pashinyan talks about his proposal that the resolution must be accepted to the people of Azerbaijan, I answered to that and I said what is acceptable to the people of Azerbaijan? People of Azerbaijan, those who suffer from Armenian aggression want to go back to their homes. It is their fundamental right. They are deprived from this right for almost 30 years. Because Armenian leadership, it is not Nagorno-Karabakh, and when Prime Minister talks about the so-called self-defense forces of Nagorno-Karabakh again he is telling thing which is not true. Because he knows very well and I know, that more than 80 percent of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh army are citizens of Armenia, and this is true, maybe even more than 80 percent. Therefore, there is no Nagorno-Karabakh army. There is no Nagorno-Karabakh republic. Only two parties to the conflict, Armenia and Azerbaijan," President Ilham Aliyev said."Ask the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. Who are the parties to the conflict? They will say the same. Armenia and Azerbaijan. Nagorno-Karabakh is not. Why is not? It is other question, but it is not and we are not going talk to them. We are talking to aggressor. We are ready to talk to Nagorno-Karabakh in case, Armenia stops funding this illegal entity, Armenia pulls back all their military troops from Nagorno-Karabakh and completely withdraws from our territory. And then, we will have arguments to talk to this people. But until then there is no way and they want to keep status quo unchanged. They think that they can keep these territories under occupation forever, and I am sure that will not be the case, and our territorial integrity must be restored. We had, coming to the second part, we had exchange of journalists recently. And I think that was an experience which we need to evaluate. We need to evaluate its positive and negative side. Because part of society in Armenia and in Azerbaijan was not very supportive to that format but that was the decision by two leaders to try. We want to try every opportunity to find a peaceful settlement. To persuade Armenian people that they can not live like that forever. They need to find solution with us, and live in the future, in peace as neighbors," President Ilham Aliyev added. President Aliyev: Liberation of Azerbaijani territories prerequisite to defining Karabakh's status http://www.today.az/news/politics/191134.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 14:41:00 +0400 Without beginning of liberation of the territories it will not be possible to agree on the status, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Azernews reports."This proposal was seriously considered by Azerbaijan. And in general we gave our agreement to that. That is the most reasonable thing to do, because it is clear that we need to resolve this conflict in phases. We cannot resolve it one and completely in one day. It should be put in phases and the first phase should be, and as the journalists said in Russian proposal, the liberation of part of the occupied territories, return of the Azerbaijani IDPs to those territories, resettlement of that territory," President Ilham Aliyev said."In a meantime, the process of normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the status of Nagorno-Karabakh to be discussed later, when both sides are ready. Because without the process on the ground, without beginning of liberation of the territories it will not be possible to agree on the status. Our position in the status must not interfere with territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. At the same time, we always were saying that Azerbaijan is a multi confessional and a multi-national country. There are many national minorities in Azerbaijan who live in peace and dignity. And when our territorial integrity is fully restored Armenians as national minority will enjoy all the rights and privileges as any other representative of any other nation in our country," President Ilham Aliyev added. Chinese gymnast ranks first in individual trampoline program at FIG World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/191132.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 13:10:00 +0400 By TrendChinese athlete Xueying Zhu, having scored 55.810 points, won gold medal in the women's individual trampoline program at the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling, Trend reports.Another Chinese gymnast Lingling Liu ranked the second with 54.945 points, while the Canadian gymnast Samantha Smith came in third with 54.585 points.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 15-16. Azerbaijan will be represented by gymnast Farid Mustafayev in the tumbling finals on February 16.The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to proceed to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. Finals of FIG World Cup in Trampoline, Tumbling kicks off in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/191131.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 13:02:00 +0400 The second day of the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling has kicked off at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 16, Trend reports.On the second day of the competitions, there will be finals among men and women in the individual and synchronized program on trampoline and tumbling.Azerbaijan will be represented by gymnast Farid Mustafayev in the tumbling finals.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to proceed to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. Azerbaijan's Farid Mustafayev to compete in finals of FIG World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/191130.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:29:00 +0400 By TrendThe Finals of FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling are held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.Gymnasts will compete in an individual and synchronized program in trampolining and tumbling.Today, Azerbaijani gymnast Farid Mustafayev will perform in the tumbling finals. Farid Mustafayev's rivals in the final will be Rustam Yussupov (Kazakhstan), Alexandr Romakhov (Kazakhstan), Alexander Renkert (US), Maksim Riabikov (Russia), Aleksandr Lisitsyn (Russia), Ethan McGuinness (Australia) and Kaden Brown (US).The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup.Last year's World Cup in trampoline and tumbling in Baku also gave license to proceed to the Olympic Games, and in 2018, the European Championship for this type of gymnastics with the participation of 26 countries was held for the first time in the Azerbaijani capital. The World Trampoline Championship will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2021. All types of gymnastics actively develop in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/sports/191129.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:17:00 +0400 By TrendAll types of gymnastics are actively developing in Azerbaijan, a spectator of the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku Gurratueyn Magsudova told Trend."I came to the National Gymnastics Arena to cheer and support my granddaughter Seljan Magsudova, who is also a participant of the competition. She started trampolining in 2014. By the way, her brother is also involved in gymnastics and achieving great success. They have been interested in sports since childhood, since our family has a lot of athletes," the spectator said.According to the spectator, the competition is organized at a high level, as evidenced by the reviews of foreign guests."Our athletes participate in international competitions and win medals. Prestigious gymnastic tournaments are held in Baku. We have a wonderful gymnastics arena and guests from other countries are delighted with the conditions created here. All this is an indicator of the development and prosperity of gymnastics in Azerbaijan," Magsudova added.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.Azerbaijan is represented by two gymnasts - Seljan Magsudova in individual trampoline and Farid Mustafayev in tumbling.Qualifications take place on the first day of the two-day competition, and finals will be held on the second day.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup. Azerbaijan pays great attention to sports: ambassador of Colombia http://www.today.az/news/sports/191127.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:02:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan pays great attention to sports, Colombian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Luis Antonio Dimate Cardenas told Trend."Today I met with representatives of the delegation of Colombia participating in FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling. They have many vivid impressions, they are delighted with the conditions that are created for athletes in Azerbaijan. Congratulations to Azerbaijan for the excellent organization of the competition".Luis Antonio Dimate Cardenas emphasized that he admired the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku."The gymnastic arena in Baku is large and beautiful, its capabilities are surprising, I want every country to have similar venues".The diplomat noted that a delegation from Colombia, which included representatives of rhythmic gymnastics, visited Baku last year, their visit to the capital of Azerbaijan is also expected this year.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.Azerbaijan is represented by two gymnasts - Seljan Magsudova in individual trampoline and Farid Mustafayev in tumbling.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup. Uzbek Commodity Exchange sums up results for 2019 http://www.today.az/news/regions/191126.html World news Sun, 16 Feb 2020 11:49:00 +0400 By TrendIn the expiring year, the exchange industry of Uzbekistan has undergone important changes and a lot of work has been done, Trend reports referring to the Uzbek Commodity Exchange (UZEX).In March 2019, trading in precious metals began at UZEX for the first time.Furthermore, in 2019, UZEX jointly with Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Transport launched a new electronic portal for logistics mytransport.uz. Today, the portal users, including participants in exchange trading and electronic commerce, can find the best offer from licensed carriers for the delivery of goods in the electronic system.In addition, in accordance with the resolution of Uzbekistan’s Cabinet of Ministers dated July 30, 2019 "On changing prices and tariffs for fuel and energy resources", the retail price for RON-91 automobile gasoline began to be determined freely from August 15, 2019 - through exchange trading, based on market conditions, supply and demand.The reason why the price of RON- 91 gasoline at gas stations is 60 cents, and on the exchange - 66 cents is that the price is set for tons of gasoline at the exchange and for liters at gas stations. According to data from various sources, one ton of gasoline averages about 1293-1350 liters. In addition, gas stations selling RON-91 gasoline now have the right to buy it at the stock exchange and independently set prices based on their costs.Prices formed during exchange trading tend not only to increase, but also to decrease. For example, from the beginning of the new order to the end of 2019, the stock market for gasoline showed a downward trend. Exchange prices fell by an average of 4.6 percent, from a maximum of $685.9 to $654.2 per ton.Furthermore, in accordance with the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of October 14, 2019 "On measures for the full implementation of market mechanisms in the delivery system of grain, flour and bread", from October 15, 2019 wheat and flour of a certain category are also sold without restrictions exclusively through the exchange.Over the past period, the cost of grade I wheat flour decreased from a maximum value of $271 to $ 43.7 per ton. The decline in stock quotes was about 10 percent.The use of the exchange mechanism in commodity markets can lower prices. Exchange trading in fact has shown that openness and transparency are better than any closed and limited system.Based on this, in accordance with the decree of Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev dated October 8, 2019 "On measures to improve the efficiency of commodity exchanges and further improve the mechanisms of exchange trading", the list of highly liquid and monopolistic types of products, raw materials and materials sold exclusively through exchange trading has expanded monopolistic enterprises and legal entities with a state share.The new list additionally includes such products as technical oils, heating oil, wheat flour, compound feeds, heating oil, liquefied gas, laundry soap, oil solvent, oil paraffin, oil bitumen and copper sulfate.During the year, work continued to expand the external relations of the exchange with international exchanges and foreign partners. In February 2019, UZEX became a full member of the Association of Futures Markets (AFM). Joining this organization has opened up new opportunities for the further development of exchange trading, the study of futures trading, as well as the establishment of new business ties with members of the associationWithin the framework of the first meeting of the joint commission at the level of the heads of government of Russia and Uzbekistan, an agreement on cooperation was signed between the joint stock company St. Petersburg International Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange and UZEX. Memorandums were signed between UZEX and Uzbek Trust Bank PSC from one side and Russian commercial banks Transcapitalbank PJSC and Asia-Invest Bank JSCB from the other. The international trading network of UZEX has expanded due to the opening of new trading floors in China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.As a result, for 11 months of 2019, the volume of goods sold through the exchange for export amounted to $126.1 million, which is 10 percent higher than the figure for the same period last year.On Dec. 5, 2019, the president of Uzbekistan issued an order "On measures to further improve the public procurement system and the widespread involvement of business entities in the public procurement process" to ensure further development of the public procurement system.The decree establishes the procedure according to which, starting from January 1, 2020, customers of strategic importance are granted the right to carry out public procurement by regions among domestic manufacturers using the additional page of an electronic store.From now on, local entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to participate more actively in public procurement in their region, and customers of strategic importance will save more time and money by reducing the distance between the supplier and the customer.In general, over the 11 months of this year, UZEX concluded agreements totaling $4.1 billion, which is 37 percent more than for the same period in 2018 (an increase of this indicator is expected by the end of 2019).The growth in the volume of electronic trading was achieved not only due to the expansion of the range of goods sold through the exchange, but also due to the active participation of representatives of the business community in electronic trading. In particular, the total volume of transactions concluded with the participation of small businesses and private entrepreneurship reached $ 1.9 billion, with an increase of 32 percent compared to 11 months of 2018. This indicates their interest in open, transparent and free bidding. Lavrov, Zarif, Borell discuss Iran nuclear deal, Middle East situation at Munich Security Conference http://www.today.az/news/regions/191125.html World news Sun, 16 Feb 2020 11:37:00 +0400 By TrendRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the Iran nuclear deal, as well as the situation in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the Russian Foreign Ministry informs, Trend reports citing Sputnik."A discussion was held on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] for the Iranian nuclear program. Some issues of Russian-EU relations were touched upon", the ministry said in a statement after a Saturday meeting between Lavrov and Borrell at the Munich Security Conference.Borrell wrote on Twitter after the meeting that "as coordinator I remain committed to listen to all sides and keep the Nuclear Deal alive".Lavrov’s meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also took place on the sidelines of the Munich conference on Saturday. The two foreign ministers discussed the strengthening of multifaceted Russian-Iranian cooperation, among other issues."An in-depth exchange of views also took place on a number of issues on the international agenda, including the situation in Syria and issues related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement after the meeting.The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), often referred to as the Iran nuclear deal, was signed in 2015 by Iran, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and the United States. Russian, Turkish foreign ministers discuss Mideast situation http://www.today.az/news/regions/191124.html World news Sun, 16 Feb 2020 11:23:00 +0400 By TrendRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in the Middle East with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Germany, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday in a statement, Trend reports citing Xinhua.Meeting on the sidelines of the 56th Munich Security Conference, Lavrov and Cavusoglu discussed in detail the situation in the Middle East region with a focus on resolving the crisis in Syria in the context of the implementation of the Russian-Turkish memorandums of understanding adopted on September17, 2018 and October 22, 2019 in Sochi, the statement said.Some issues of bilateral relations were also touched upon, it added. Ex-president Mutallibov calls Armenian PM’s statement on Azerbaijanis’ involvement in ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/191122.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 11:18:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan’s former president Ayaz Mutallibov has dismissed Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s statement, calling it absurd."Pashinyan’s statement, in which he claims that as if I said Azerbaijanis were involved in committing the Khojaly genocide is absurd. His remarks lack any real grounds,” he told Trend. “In an interview with a Russian newspaper [to which Armenian PM refers], I stated that definitely, there was Armenian trace in Khojaly events. I noted that Armenia was trying to further destabilize the situation in Azerbaijan then. Furthermore, the local opposition was also interested in complicating the situation within the country. I have repeatedly stated that I did not say Azerbaijanis committed the Khojaly genocide. This is ridiculous.”Mutallibov emphasized that the “Argumenty i Fakty” newspaper itself, to which Pashinyan referred in Munich, is unfriendly to Azerbaijan.“From the very beginning the issue was formulated in a way to “associate” me with this topic. Then I didn’t have time to polemize on this interview. The situation in the country was so difficult that there was no time for this. I have repeatedly stated and I am saying it directly: I have never said that Azerbaijanis did it. By referring to this interview, Armenians try somehow to rehabilitate themselves,” Mutallibov concluded. Best moments of FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling http://www.today.az/news/sports/191121.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 11:05:00 +0400 By TrendThe National Gymnastics Arena in Baku is hosting the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling, Trend reports February 15.The event is giving a lot of positive emotions to both the audience and the participants of the competition.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.Azerbaijan is represented by two gymnasts - Seljan Magsudova in individual trampoline and Farid Mustafayev in tumbling.Qualifications take place on the first day of the two-day competition, and finals will be held on the second day.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulates his Lithuanian counterpart http://www.today.az/news/politics/191128.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:59:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has sent a congratulatory letter to President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda.“It is on the occasion of the National Holiday of the Republic of Lithuania that on my behalf and behalf of the people of Azerbaijan I offer my cordial congratulations to you and the friendly people of Lithuania,” Ilham Aliyev said in his letter.“The present level of Azerbaijan-Lithuania relations is gratifying. I believe that mutually beneficial expansion of these relations across all areas will serve further the interests of our peoples,” reads the letter. “I seize this opportunity to wish strong health and success in every endeavor to you, and peace and prosperity to your people.” Shell talks year-end summary of work in Kazakhstan, shares future plans http://www.today.az/news/regions/191120.html World news Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:47:00 +0400 By TrendBritish-Dutch oil and gas company – Shell - will continue to work on safe and reliable operation of its Kazakhstan’s assets in 2020, a representative of Shell told Trend.Shell, which deals with exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals is currently operating at Kazakhstan’s Kashagan and Karachaganak fields.In general, the representative said, 2019 was a successful year for Shell Kazakhstan."Both assets in Kashagan and Karachaganak had safe and successful turnarounds that allowed us to reach our production targets," the official said.Turnaround at Kazakhstan’s Kashagan was implemented from April 14, 2019 till May 19, 2019, meaning that the turnaround took 32 days instead of planned 45 days. In turn, the turnaround at Karachaganak field was implemented starting mid-September 2019 through October 14."The turnarounds at both of our assets resulted in improvement of our production performance and equipment reliability," the official said.Thus, the oil extraction volume at Kashagan field amounted to 390,000-400,000 barrels a day (according to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of energy), whereas the oil extraction volume at Karachaganak field was 345,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day during 3Q2019 (according to Eni).Talking on the future plans, the Shell official noted that the company will continue to work on safe and reliable operation of our assets in 2020."Our goal is still to reach "goal zero" in terms of personal and process safety incidents and to remain trusted and long-term investor in Kazakhstan," the official concluded.Developed with an estimated investment of $55 billion, Kashagan phase one represents the biggest international investment in Kazakhstan till date. Developed in harsh offshore environment, it is also considered to be one of the world’s most technically challenging oil and gas project completed so far.Karachaganak is one of the largest oil and gas condensate fields in Kazakhstan. Karachaganak Petroleum Operating produces oil and gas from the Karachaganak field. The shares in the consortium are as follows: Eni - 29.25 percent, Royal Dutch Shell - 29.25 percent, Chevron - 18 percent, Lukoil - 13.5 percent and KazMunayGas - 10 percent. Colombian Ambassador meets athletes within FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling http://www.today.az/news/sports/191119.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:33:00 +0400 By TrendColombian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Luis Antonio Dimate Cardenas met with athletes within FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling, Trend reports February 15.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.Azerbaijan is represented by two gymnasts - Seljan Magsudova in individual trampoline and Farid Mustafayev in tumbling.Qualifications take place on the first day of the two-day competition, and finals will be held on the second day.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup. Chinese tourist in France becomes Europe's first coronavirus death http://www.today.az/news/regions/191118.html World news Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:26:00 +0400 By TrendAn 80-year-old Chinese tourist infected with the coronavirus has died in France, Paris said on Saturday, becoming the first fatality in Europe and the fourth outside mainland China from an epidemic that has rattled the world, Trend reports citing Reuters.Thought to have come from a wildlife market in the central Chinese province of Hubei, the outbreak has presented the ruling Communist Party with a huge challenge in curbing its spread while minimizing damage to the world’s second-largest economy.Beijing’s latest figures on Saturday showed 66,492 cases and 1,523 deaths, mostly in Hubei. Outside mainland China there have been about 500 cases in some two dozen countries and territories, with four deaths - in Japan, Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, the Philippines and France.In the French case, the Chinese man died at the Bichat hospital in Paris of a lung infection due to the flu-like virus, authorities said.“We have to get our health system ready to face a possible pandemic propagation of the virus, and therefore the spreading of the virus across France,” said Health Minister Agnes Buzyn. Cavusoglu says Russia's S-400 shipments to stay unaffected by disagreements over Idlib http://www.today.az/news/regions/191117.html World news Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:12:00 +0400 By TrendThe current escalation in Syria's Idlib and disagreements with Moscow on the matter will not affect the shipments of Russia’s S-400 missile systems to Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday, Trend reports citing Sputnik."They are two different issues. We cannot change our principal stance, our policies because of one disagreement with this country or that country. We shouldn't let the Syrian problem undermine our cooperation and also our relations," Cavusoglu said, when asked whether the situation in Idlib could affect the S-400 deal’s implementation.Earlier in the day, Cavusoglu met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. The situation in Idlib took centre stage at the talks. Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 22 times http://www.today.az/news/politics/191123.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:04:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 22 times, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry on February 16.The Armenian armed forces were using sniper rifles.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Serviceman of Azerbaijani army killed in Armenian provocation http://www.today.az/news/politics/191107.html Politics Sun, 16 Feb 2020 00:34:00 +0400 By TrendThe units of the Armenian armed forces, grossly violating the ceasefire regime on the front line, have once again committed a provocation, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry on Feb. 15.The serviceman of the Azerbaijani army, Seymur Alasgarov, was killed by an enemy shot.The leadership of the Defense Ministry expresses its deep condolences to the family and relatives of the martyr.The Armenian side bears the entire responsibility for the escalation of the situation in the front line.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Emotions of fans at FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics & Tumbling in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/191106.html Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 00:16:00 +0400 By TrendThe first day of the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is taking place in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports Feb. 15.From the stands, spectators are watching performances of athletes with excitement. Their support helps gymnasts cope with their emotions and tune in to successful performance. Trampoline gymnastics is an exciting sport and therefore the spectators are watching the elements of the program with special enthusiasm, admiring the skills of the gymnasts.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.Azerbaijan is represented by two gymnasts - Seljan Magsudova in individual trampoline and Farid Mustafayev in tumbling.Qualifications take place on the first day of the two-day competition, and finals will be held on the second day.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup. Azerbaijani gymnast Seljan Magsudova presents her program within FIG World Cup http://www.today.az/news/sports/191105.html Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:56:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani female gymnast Seljan Magsudova has presented her program as part of the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku, Trend reports Feb. 15.Seljan Magsudova performed in the individual trampoline program. Judges rated the gymnast’s first attempt at 47.750 points, and the second at 52.185 points. In total, Seljan Magsudova scored 99.935 points. At the moment, the Azerbaijani gymnast is taking the 26th intermediate place in the standings.The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.Azerbaijan is represented by two gymnasts - Seljan Magsudova in individual trampoline and Farid Mustafayev in tumbling.Qualifications take place on the first day of the two-day competition, and finals will be held on the second day.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup. President Aliyev: Status must not interfere with territorial integrity of Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/191116.html Politics Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:42:00 +0400 Status must not interfere with the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev twitted on February15.“We need to resolve this conflict in phases. Liberation of part of territories and return of IDP. Status of Nagorno Karabakh can be defined later. Status must not interfere with the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” said President Aliyev. Belarusian gymnast shares impressions from FIG World Cup in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/191104.html Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:35:00 +0400 By TrendBelarusian gymnast Vladislav Goncharov, Olympic champion (2016), a participant of the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku, told Trend Feb. 15 that his team is coming to the competitions in Baku as to their home, adding that everything there is dear and familiar.“I like the arena for competitions in Baku, it is one of the most beloved,” Goncharov said. “The organization of the World Cup is at the highest level, as always, we come to Baku as to our home, everything is dear and familiar here. The fact that the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships will be held here in 2021 is a big plus, because all the conditions are familiar to us.”Talking about his performance in the qualifications, the gymnast expressed satisfaction with the intermediate place in the standings.“I could perform the combinations better, but these are working moments,” Goncharov added. “I completed the program, the task was to make it much more successful. There were small mistakes, maybe from excitement. The FIG World Cup - quite important competitions, they are licensed for the Olympics in Tokyo.”The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.Azerbaijan is represented by two gymnasts - Seljan Magsudova in individual trampoline and Farid Mustafayev in tumbling.Qualifications take place on the first day of the two-day competition, and finals will be held on the second day.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup. President Aliyev: Armenian PM interprets unsuccessfully true meaning of UNSC resolutions http://www.today.az/news/politics/191115.html Politics Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:27:00 +0400 “Prime Minister of Armenia interprets unsuccessfully the true meaning of UNSC resolutions. Falling in forgetfulness that UNSC resolutions demand immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops,” said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev twitted on February 15. Ilham Aliyev: Karabakh not recognized by any country http://www.today.az/news/politics/191114.html Politics Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:20:00 +0400 “OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs should explain to Armenia that Nagorno-Karabakh is not Armenia. No country recognized Nagorno-Karabakh,” said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev twitted on February 15. FIG World Cup excellently organized in Baku - Russian gymnast http://www.today.az/news/sports/191103.html Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:14:00 +0400 By TrendRussian female gymnast Viktoriia Danilenko told Trend Feb. 15 that she plans to make her program harder in the finals of the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku.“I didn’t succeed in the first combination in the qualifications, so I had a second attempt,” Danilenko said. “Today, there was no excitement, but everyone has failures, it doesn’t always depend on our training. In the finals, I will try to do everything that I can and I will probably make the program harder.”The gymnast noted that this is her second visit to Azerbaijan’s capital.“Everything is fine in Baku, I come here as to my native home,” Danilenko added. “The organization is excellent, I like everything. We arrived at the World Cup two days before the start of the competitions, this period is enough for acclimatization, because the time difference is only one hour.”The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.Azerbaijan is represented by two gymnasts - Seljan Magsudova in individual trampoline and Farid Mustafayev in tumbling.Qualifications take place on the first day of the two-day competition, and finals will be held on the second day.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup. President Ilham Aliyev: All Armenian leaders tried differently to hold status quo http://www.today.az/news/politics/191113.html Politics Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:01:00 +0400 “All Armenian leaders tried differently to hold status quo. Azerbaijani IDPs should return back to their territories. More than 80 percent of armed forces in the occupied lands are Armenian soldiers. They think that they can keep these territories forever. Never,” said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev twitted on February15, Azernews reports. Azerbaijan plays important role in int’l sports - ambassador http://www.today.az/news/sports/191102.html Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 22:54:00 +0400 By TrendVarious sporting events are regularly held in Azerbaijan, and it is obvious that the country plays an important role in international sports, French Ambassador to Azerbaijan Zacharie Gross told Trend Feb. 15.“I am glad that the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is being held in Baku,” Gross said. “France is also a sports country, so we are very glad to be here and support the national team of our country and other teams. The atmosphere is great in the National Gymnastics Arena.”The diplomat emphasized that the competitions are important for athletes, and they can be called preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Speaking about the development of gymnastics in Azerbaijan, Zacharie Gross added that this sport is available to everyone in the country.“This is a very democratic sport,” the ambassador said. “It is important that as many people as possible do gymnastics, including children and adolescents.”The FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Feb. 15-16. The competitions, which are licensed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, have brought together 150 gymnasts from 30 countries.Azerbaijan is represented by two gymnasts - Seljan Magsudova in individual trampoline and Farid Mustafayev in tumbling.Qualifications take place on the first day of the two-day competition, and finals will be held on the second day.The gymnasts, who will score highest in the tournament, will traditionally be awarded the AGF Trophy Cup. Media group of Azerbaijan’s CEC investigates over 220 video footage over elections http://www.today.az/news/society/191101.html Society Sat, 15 Feb 2020 22:32:00 +0400 By TrendThe media group, operating under Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC), has ensured that video footage distributed in social networks are studied, CEC member Gabil Orujov said at the CEC meeting held Feb. 15, Trend reports.Orujov emphasized that all videos were investigated on each constituency and each precinct.The CEC member noted that consideration of more than 220 videos that cover 116 precincts of 30 constituencies has already ended.Parliamentary elections were held in Azerbaijan on Feb. 9. Panahov: Precinct election commissions that committed serious violations to be dissolved http://www.today.az/news/society/191100.html Society Sat, 15 Feb 2020 22:11:00 +0400 By TrendPrecinct election commissions that have committed serious violations during the recent parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan will be dissolved, Chairman of Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) Mazahir Panahov said at the CEC meeting, Trend reports Feb. 15.Panahov thanked those who posted information on these violations in social networks.“Those who made public the violations that occurred on the ground are our assistants,” the CEC chairman added. “I would like to thank them. Everyone who was involved in these violations will be punished. Intervention in the voting process at the polling stations is inadmissible. We aren’t entitled to stop voting even for a second. At the same time, some people are trying to abuse their powers.”Panahov again appealed to citizens with a request to present the materials that they have.Parliamentary elections were held in Azerbaijan on Feb. 9. Azerbaijan’s CEC: Appeals on violations at polling stations should be sent to DECs http://www.today.az/news/society/191099.html Society Sat, 15 Feb 2020 21:47:00 +0400 By TrendIn connection with violations that occurred at polling stations during the recent parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, it is necessary to contact the district election commissions (DECs), Chairman of Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) Mazahir Panahov said at the CEC meeting, Trend reports Feb. 15.Panahov noted that some of the candidates who filed complaints are worried.“There are no grounds for concern,” the CEC chairman added. “Issues related to violations at the polling stations are considered by the DECs.”Parliamentary elections were held in Azerbaijan on Feb. 9. Ilham Aliyev: Armenians destroyed our cultural heritage in seized lands http://www.today.az/news/politics/191112.html Politics Sat, 15 Feb 2020 21:39:00 +0400 “All Azerbaijanis are ethnically cleansed from the occupied lands, from Shusha. Armenians destroyed our cultural heritage in the seized lands. There is no historical heritage of Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh,” said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev twitted, Azernews reports. Azerbaijan’s CEC upholds voting results for 77th Astara constituency http://www.today.az/news/society/191098.html Society Sat, 15 Feb 2020 21:28:00 +0400 By TrendAt the meeting of Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on Feb. 15, the appeal by candidate from the 77th Astara constituency Rashad Hasanov and other candidates was considered, said Valida Kazimova, a member of the CEC, Trend reports Feb. 15.Kazimova noted that the CEC considered the complaints of three candidates.“The violations weren’t confirmed, therefore the complaints didn’t affect the election results,” the CEC member added.It was decided to uphold the results of the vote on the 77th Astara constituency.Rashad Mahmudov is the leading candidate from this constituency. President Aliyev: Karabakh recognized as Azerbaijani territories by int'l community http://www.today.az/news/politics/191111.html Politics Sat, 15 Feb 2020 21:21:00 +0400 “Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is recognized by the whole international community,” said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev twitted on February15, Azernews reports. President Ilham Aliyev: Armenia conducted ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis http://www.today.az/news/politics/191110.html Politics Sat, 15 Feb 2020 21:18:00 +0400 “Armenia occupied 20 percent territories of Azerbaijan and conducted in the occupied lands ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijani civilians, including Khojaly genocide,” said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict held as part of the Munich Security Conference, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev twitted on February15, Azernews reports. Munich Security Conference features panel discussions on Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/191109.html Politics Sat, 15 Feb 2020 21:14:00 +0400 Panel discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were held as part of the Munich Security Conference.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan participated in the discussions.Will be updated