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 Azerbaijan, Pakistan discuss military cooperation, joint drills http://www.today.az/news/politics/203982.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 18:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa Ismayilova Azerbaijani Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov and Pakistani Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza have discussed prospects of bilateral military cooperation, demining operations and further joint drills, the Defence Ministry reported on March 3.During the meeting on March 3, the sides focused on prospects of cooperation between the two countries in the military, military-technical, military-educational, and other spheres. The sides also expressed satisfaction with the development of traditional friendship and mutual trust between the peoples of the two countries, including Azerbaijani-Pakistani relations, as well as the level of strategic partnership.Hasanov informed the visiting Pakistani delegation about the successful military operations carried out by the Azerbaijan army and stressed that the army's combat experience gained in the 44-day war is being studied by the armies of many countries of the world and the international military experts.The defence minister expressed satisfaction with the development of Azerbaijan-Pakistan military cooperation and thanked the Pakistani leadership and the nation for supporting Azerbaijan's fair position at all levels and within the international organizations, as well as for the humanitarian aid and moral support it provided.He noted that friendly relations between the Azerbaijani and Pakistani leaders play a significant role in developing ties between the two states and said such meetings were important in terms of expanding cooperation.General Nadeem Raza congratulated Azerbaijan on the victory and said that historical ties and relations between the two nations had made a great contribution to progress in bilateral military cooperation.Raza added that Pakistani specialists are ready to get involved in mine clearance operations on liberated territories. He spoke about the wide potential to elevate bilateral military cooperation to a qualitatively new level.The two men stressed that military ties meet both countries' interests of both countries and noted the necessity to increase efforts in this sphere.Hasanov and Raza also focused on conducting joint military exercises with the involvement of various types of troops, including special forces of the Azerbaijani army and the Pakistani armed forces, organizing mutual visits of servicemen to exchange experience, as well as a number of other issues.Azerbaijan liberated around 300 villages, city centres, settlements and historic Shusha city in the war with Armenia that lasted from September 27 and November 10. Other Armenian-occupied districts - Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin - returned to Azerbaijan's control after the singing of the Russian-brokered Karabakh peace deal on November 10.  Azerbaijan, Italy mull fulfilment of Karabakh peace deal http://www.today.az/news/politics/203980.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 18:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa Ismayilova Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio have discussed the fulfilment of the Karabakh peace deal and the regional situation, the Foreign Ministry reported on March 3.In a telephone conversation between the two ministers on March 3, Bayramov informed Luigi Di Maio about the current situation in the region, including the implementation of the trilateral statements of November 10, 2020, and January 11, 2021, as well as the work done by Azerbaijan in this direction and the violation of commitments by Armenia undertaken under the 10 November statement.Minister Luigi Di Maio stressed the importance of implementing all aspects of the trilateral statements to normalize the situation in the region.The ministers also discussed the prospects for the comprehensive development of relations between the two countries, new opportunities for cooperation in the region, opportunities for expanding cooperation in the energy and humanitarian spheres. The parties also discussed other issues of mutual interest.On November 10, Baku and Yerevan signed a Moscow-brokered deal that brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s.On January 11, the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders signed the second statement since the end of the 44-day war. The newly-signed statement is set to implement clause 9 of the November 2020 statement related to the unblocking of all economic and transport communications in the region. UN must urge Armenia to provide maps of minefields in Azerbaijan's liberated lands http://www.today.az/news/politics/203979.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 17:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa Ismayilova Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has appealed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres requesting him to take measures to urge Armenia to provide maps of minefields on Azerbaijan’s liberated lands."I appeal to you with an urgent request to take all measures at your disposal to persuade Armenia to live up to its obligation under customary international law by releasing information regarding the location of the minefields, and cease all actions and statements impeding the realization of the vision of peace, security and cooperation envisaged in the trilateral statement [Karabakh peace deal]," he said.Bayramov made the remarks in a letter addressed to Guterres on February 22, which has later been circulated as a document of the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.Bayramov drew the UN secretary-general's attention to the serious threat emanating from the massive contamination of Azerbaijan's recently liberated territories with mines and other explosive devices deployed by Armenia, and the latter’s refusal to release information regarding the minefields in those territories.The minister added that over almost three decades of occupation of Azerbaijan's internationally-recognized territories, Armenia massively laid mines in these territories, as a result of which there were numerous casualties among the Azerbaijani military and civilians."With a view to inflicting as much damage as possible, as well as creating additional obstacles for the return of civilians, Armenia has also deliberately planted mines on a massive scale during its forced withdrawal as a result of the counteroffensive operation of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, in blatant violation of international humanitarian law," the letter said.Bayramov stressed that the mines and other explosive devices on the liberated territories pose a serious threat to the life and safety of the Azerbaijani military and civilians in the post-conflict period."Since the signing of the trilateral statement by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia on 10 November 2020, which announced an end to all military activities between Armenia and Azerbaijan, 15 citizens of Azerbaijan, including 9 civilians, have been killed and 65 citizens, including 8 civilians, have been seriously wounded as a result of mine explosions in the recently liberated territories," he added. The minister underlined that the massive mine contamination of the liberated territories also seriously impedes the implementation of the wide-ranging rehabilitation and reconstruction plans that the Azerbaijani government embarked on."Most importantly, it affects the realization of the inalienable right of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons to return to their homes in safety and dignity. Although Armenia and Azerbaijan signed the document on cessation of military activities on 10 November 2020, Armenia refuses to release information concerning the location of the minefields. This is a blatant violation of Armenia’s obligation under customary international humanitarian law. The human costs inflicted by the Armenian-planted mines cannot but constitute a war crime," Bayramov added.He described the release of information by Armenia on the location of the minefields as an absolute necessity so as to avoid further loss of innocent lives and to move forward towards a speedy post-conflict reconstruction and thereby help a lasting peace."Armenia’s consistent disregard of our repeated appeals to release information on the location of the minefields seriously questions that country’s sincerity for a normalization of relations with Azerbaijan on the basis of mutual recognition of and respect for each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of international borders," he said.The minister said that this destructive stance of Armenia is not an isolated case."As I informed you previously, Armenia has also resorted to other destabilizing actions and statements aimed at undermining the emerging perspectives of regional peace and security, such as the deployment of a sabotage group into the territories of Azerbaijan to commit terror acts against Azerbaijan almost two weeks after the signing of the trilateral statement, and whom it cynically requests to release," Bayramov said.Some experts believe that Armenia spent $350 million to mine lands in and around Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region that were liberated from occupation in the 44-day war.At a presser for the local and foreign media in Baku on February 26, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev described Armenia’s failure to provide the maps of mined areas in liberated lands as the main difficulty for Azerbaijan. He said that this can also be considered to be a war crime as several servicemen and civilians were killed in mine blasts on liberated territories after the war. EU invests in micro-entrepreneurship dev't in Azerbaijani districts http://www.today.az/news/business/203977.html Business Thu, 04 Mar 2021 17:49:00 +0400 By TrendThe EU has allocated an investment capital worth 277,780 manat ($163,400) to 113 persons in Azerbaijani districts, Sevinj Rustamova, Project Manager of the Azerbaijan Microfinance Association (AMFA), said. Trend reports.The investment was made within the ‘Accelerating the development of sustainable micro-enterprises in the districts of Azerbaijan’ project.Rustamova made the remark at the conference on this project, organized by the AMFA.According to the manager, among those who received financial support in the districts of Azerbaijan, 64 percent are female entrepreneurs.Within the framework of the project, 125 jobs were opened, 202 families increased their incomes, 76 enterprises expanded their activities, 37 entrepreneurs started their business, Rustamova said.The final conference on the project ‘Accelerating the development of sustainable microenterprises in the districts of Azerbaijan’ organized by the Azerbaijan Microfinance Association with the participation of the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan, the Small and Medium Business Development Agency, the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers’) Organizations and other structures is taking place. Azerbaijan, Turkey to hold joint military exercises http://www.today.az/news/politics/203976.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 17:30:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani and Turkish servicemen will hold joint exercises in Isparta, Trend reports on March 4 referring to the Turkish Ministry of National Defense’s message on Twitter."Turkey and Azerbaijan continue to cooperate,” the message said. “We met with brothers from the heroic Azerbaijani Army at the airport, who arrived to participate in the exercises, which will continue for six weeks." Ensuring security in Karabakh our top priority - Turkish president http://www.today.az/news/politics/203975.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 17:11:00 +0400 By TrendBy liberating its lands in Karabakh, Azerbaijan opened up new opportunities in the region, Trend reports, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Trend reports.Erdogan made the remark at the 14th summit of leaders of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)."The main priority for us is to ensure security in Karabakh. For this we will do our best," the Turkish president said. Country registers 314 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/203981.html Society Thu, 04 Mar 2021 16:54:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 314 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on March 4.Some 124 patients have recovered and 2 patients have died in the reported period. So far, 235,647 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 229,267 patients have recovered, 3,232 people have died. Currently, 3,148 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 9,183 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 2,627,991 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. Workers of educational sphere in Baku undergoing COVID-19 vaccination http://www.today.az/news/society/203971.html Society Thu, 04 Mar 2021 16:42:00 +0400 By TrendWorkers of educational sphere in Baku are undergoing vaccination against COVID-19, Trend reports on Mar.4.Approximately 20,000 teachers and technical workers in the education sector over the age of 50 are being vaccinated.The vaccination centers have been set up in five schools of Baku.The COVID-19 vaccination in Azerbaijan has begun since January 18, 2021. First of all, health workers are being vaccinated, then persons from risky categories and persons over the age of 50. Azerbaijan gives update on number of COVID-19 vaccinated citizens http://www.today.az/news/society/203968.html Society Thu, 04 Mar 2021 16:32:00 +0400 By TrendSome 24,272 people were vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Azerbaijan on March 3, 2021, Trend reports referring to the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 337,315 citizens have been vaccinated.The vaccination in Azerbaijan has been launched since January 18 this year.The outbreak of COVID-19 in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. Azerbaijan expects creating new broadcasting opportunities for Internet TV, radio channels http://www.today.az/news/business/203969.html Business Thu, 04 Mar 2021 16:19:00 +0400 By TrendNew broadcasting opportunities for Internet TV and radio channels can be created in Azerbaijan, Head of the Office of the National Council for Television and Radio (NCTR) Fazil Novruzov said in an interview with the local Real TV channel, Trend reports on Mar.4.According to Novruzov, in this regard broadcasters of the Internet TV and radio channels apply to the NCTR.“There are technical possibilities, but there are gaps from a legal point of view. We made the proposals that broadcasters of Internet TV and radio channels, after undergoing simplified procedures, would be entered into the relevant register and would be able to broadcast on other platforms, for example, in the cable network, on the IP or OTP platforms. This will help expand their audience," he added. Azerbaijan shares video from Fuzuli's Garadaghly village http://www.today.az/news/politics/203967.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:58:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has shared footage of Fuzuli district's Garadaghly village liberated from Armenian occupation, Trend reports on Mar.4 referring to the ministry.The footage: Several mines produced by Armenia found in Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district - Trend TV reports http://www.today.az/news/politics/203972.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:42:00 +0400 By TrendThree more anti-personnel mines produced by Armenia were found in Novruzlu village of Aghdam district, in which Head of the Mechanical Irrigation Administration of Aghdam district Hafiz Azimzade was wounded as a result of the mine explosion on March 3, Khalig Zulfugarov, representative of the National Agency for Mine Clearance of Territories of Azerbaijan, told Trend on March 4.“Some 39 anti-personnel mines, as well as eight TM-62 P2 mines, were found and neutralized in the area during the search work,” Zulfugarov added.The employees of the Agency continue the search work. The work was carried out to neutralize about 100 TM-62 P2 mines in the Aghdam district.The Agency asks citizens not to visit the liberated territories due to the threat of mines. Azerbaijan's Innovation Center talks on activities to support local startup ecosystem http://www.today.az/news/business/203965.html Business Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:31:00 +0400 By TrendThe Innovation Center of Azerbaijan, together with other organizations, is conducting various events to support them in bringing the number of countrywide start-up projects to 500, a source in the center told Trend on Mar.3.According to the source, the center annually holds more than 10 hackathons (forums for developers, during which specialists from different areas of software development (programmers, designers, managers) jointly solve any problem for a while) on various directions, the purpose of which is to support local startups in the development of their projects."For our part, we provide startups with financial assistance, organize meetings with local and foreign investors. Despite the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are trying to continue our support in the online format," the center’s experts said.Besides, the source noted that in order to bring the number of start-up projects in Azerbaijan to 500, the 500 Startup company will provide all the necessary opportunities to the participants - from creating the idea to financing the project and bringing it to foreign markets."In addition to increasing start-up projects, Azerbaijan needs the development of specialists in this industry. In our country, the number of start-up projects doesn’t exceed even a hundred, and therefore, in addition to creating projects, we need to raise specialists in this industry," the experts stressed. Azerbaijan reconstructs houses damaged during Second Karabakh War – Trend TV http://www.today.az/news/politics/203966.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:20:00 +0400 By TrendThe houses destroyed or damaged as a result of the shelling of the settlements of Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district by the Armenian troops are being reconstructed.In a conversation with a special correspondent of Trend’s Karabakh bureau, a resident of Khindiristan village Ahmad Abdullayev, whose house was destroyed as a result of a shell on the sixth day of the second Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh War, said that his house is being built by the state."I express my gratitude to the supreme commander of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces,” Abdullayev added. “A new house is being built for us upon his instructions. The work has already begun and we are looking forward to the day when it will be built and we can return there."The State Commission, created upon the order of the president of Azerbaijan dated November 6, 2020, to assess and eliminate the caused damage, headed by the prime minister, within a short period of time inspected over 10,000 facilities in 11 cities and districts of the country and carried out preliminary planning for repair and construction work.Thus, the restoration work has begun in Ganja, Mingachevir, Tartar, Naftalan, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Goranboy, Aghdam, Aghjabedi, Beylagan, and Barda districts as part of eliminating the damage caused by the Armenian Armed Forces.The restoration work is underway in 11 cities and districts of Azerbaijan.The video report was prepared by Aslan Mammadli. Workers of educational sphere in Baku undergoing COVID-19 vaccination http://www.today.az/news/society/203964.html Society Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:51:00 +0400 By TrendWorkers of educational sphere in Baku are undergoing vaccination against COVID-19, Trend reports on Mar.4.Approximately 20,000 teachers and technical workers in the education sector over the age of 50 are being vaccinated.The vaccination centers have been set up in five schools of Baku.The COVID-19 vaccination in Azerbaijan has begun since January 18, 2021. First of all, health workers are being vaccinated, then persons from risky categories and persons over the age of 50. Nakhchivan garrison troops hold command drills http://www.today.az/news/politics/203973.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:47:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaAzerbaijan's Nakhchivan garrison troops have held command training classes under the combat coordination plan for the 2021 training year, the defence Ministry reported on March 3.Commanders and deputy commanders of battalions and batteries took part in the training where practical actions were imitated considering the combat experience of the units that participated in the 44-day Patriotic War.The methods of organizing and preparing the tactical drills in battalions and batteries, as well as methods and means of fighting against small-sized unmanned aerial vehicles of the imaginary enemy, were demonstrated. Mortar batteries performing practical activities opened fire using simulator mortars.The tasks of overcoming minefields, as well as artificial and natural obstacles, were practically completed with the use of modern armoured vehicles in battle at nighttime.At the end of the training, it was noted that positive results were achieved in improving the skills of officers in unit control and using various weapon systems and military equipment, which were recently adopted into the armament.It should be noted that servicemen from the Separate Combined Troops Army in Nakhchivan took part in the Winter Exercise 2021 along with the Turkish Armed Forces from February 2 to 12 in Turkey's Kars. Culture Minister meets with art figures in Istanbul http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/203963.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan Culture Minister Anar Karimov has met with Azerbaijani artists living in Turkey.Many political and art figures, including Azerbaijani Ambassador to Turkey Khazar Ibrahim, Azerbaijan's Consul General of Azerbaijan in Istanbul Narmina Mustafayeva, a well-known conductor, teacher at Istanbul Conservatory, People's Artist, Ramiz Melikaslanov, famous drummer, People's Artist   Alikhan Samadov, talented artist, teacher at Istanbul Yeditepe University, Honored Art Worker Teymur Rzayev, director of Istanbul City Municipality Theater, Honored Art Worker Melahet Abbasova and others attended the event held at Turkan Saylan Cultural Center. In his remarks, Anar Karimov stressed that the close multilateral ties between Azerbaijan and Turkey also cover the cultural sphere.The Minister pointed out that the holding of joint projects between the two countries, including cooperation in the field of cinema was on the agenda during his visit to Turkey.This topic was discussed in detail with representatives of the Turkish film industry.Furthermore, cultural figures exchanged views on the creative and pedagogical activities of Azerbaijani artists in Turkey.The meeting discussed the work done to promote Azerbaijani culture and art, and future perspectives.Anar Karimov also viewed the exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of People's Artist Mikayil Abdullayev and the premiere of the play "Someone is to blame" staged by the Mask-Kara Theater on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the playwright, writer and cultural figure Abdurrahim bey Hagverdiyev.During his trips to India, Afghanistan, Hungary, Poland, Italy and other countries, Mikayil Abdullayev painted Bengali Girls, Rajasthani Women, An Old Afghan, as well as portraits of Zsigmond Kisfaludi Stróbl, Renato Guttuso, Giacomo Manzù, etc.He also painted Azerbaijan's eminent cultural figures like Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Samad Vurgun, Mirza Fatali Akhundov and Farhad Badalbeyli.Abdullayev's paintings were exhibited in cities such as Paris, London, Berlin, Montreal, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia, Warsaw, Delhi, Cairo, Brussels. Abdullayev was also the designer of artistic panel in the Nizami Metro Station.Abdurrahim bey Hagverdiyev is the author of many works like the epic tragedy in the Azerbaijani language "The Breaking of Unity" (1896),plays like "The Unlucky Young Man" (1900) and "Nymph Magic" (1901), historical tragedy " Shah Qajar" (1907), etc. He was also known as one of the first editors of "Molla Nasreddin" weekly magazine.Beginning in 1906 Hagverdiyev wrote for the satirical magazine. In 1908, he directed Uzeyir Hajibeyov's opera "Leyli and Majnun". Between 1911and 1916 he lived in Agdam having dedicated himself mostly to writing fiction.In the next two years he lived and worked in Tbilisi as a reporter for the local Russian-language newspaper.Hagverdiyev also translated some Russian writers as Gogol and Ostrovsky as well as European writers Shakespeare, Molière, Schiller and others into the Azerbaijani language. Police seize Armenian air defence systems in liberated Fuzuli http://www.today.az/news/politics/203962.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa Ismayilova Azerbaijani police officers have seized air defence systems left by the Armenian servicemen in liberated Fuzuli region during the 44-day war in 2020, the Interior Ministry's Barda regional department press service has said.As part of ongoing measures to detect weapons abandoned by the Armenian armed forces during the Second Karabakh War on Azerbaijan's liberated territories, officers from the Fuzuli region police department found in Fuzuli region two IGLA-S air defence systems, four machine guns, seven grenades of various types, an anti-tank grenade launcher, more than 19,000 rounds of shells of various calibres, 144 projectile and machine gun stores.The hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed after that latter started firing at Azerbaijani civilians and military positions starting September 27, 2020. The war ended on November 10 with the signing of a trilateral peace deal by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centres and historic Shusha city. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s.- Azerbaijan raises average monthly pensions by 10 pct http://www.today.az/news/business/203974.html Business Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan increased by 10 percent the amount of average monthly pensions, bringing it to AZN 330 ($194.1) since January 2021, the Labor and Social Protection Ministry’s press service reported on March 4.Since 2018, the average amount of monthly pensions has increased by 60 percent in the country.The increase in pensions was ensured by the indexation carried out at the beginning of the year.Currently, the average monthly retirement pension in the country is AZN 361 ($212.3), the average monthly invalidity pension - AZN 290 ($170.5) and the average monthly survivor’s pension - AZN 267 ($157).It should be noted that the retirement age for men is 65 years and for women 62 years in Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan maintains the leading position for minimum and average monthly pensions among the CIS countries.In recent years, Azerbaijan has modernized the system of provision of pensions. The Automated Pension System, which has been in operation since early 2019, is the first proactive service in the country that allows persons entitled to a pension to automatically receive a pension without going to any institution and without having to provide documents. SOFAZ's revenues from oil, gas fields hit $578m in Jan-Feb http://www.today.az/news/business/203961.html Business Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadRevenues of Azerbaijan's State Oil Fund (SOFAZ) from the country’s major oil and gas fields amounted to $578 million in the first two months of 2021, the Fund has reported.Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of fields, which are the largest oil field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, accounted for $574.5 million of this revenue.The fund’s revenues from the Shah Deniz field, which is among the world’s largest gas-condensate fields, amounted to $3.5 million in January- February, while revenues from the sale of condensate from Shah Deniz were $3.5 million.Earlier it was reported that SOFAZ sold funds in the amount of $1 billion at foreign currency auctions in the first two months of the year.It should be noted that SOFAZ's revenues from the country’s major oil and gas fields amounted to $3.8 billion in 2020, with Azeri-Chirag- Guneshli accounting for $3.5 billion of this revenue and Shah Deniz for $293.9 million. SOFAZ was established in December 1999 by the Presidential Decree and is a sovereign wealth fund of Azerbaijan, which accumulates and preserves the nation's oil and gas revenues for future generations. The fundamental mission of SOFAZ is to ensure intergenerational equality with regard to the country's oil wealth and to accumulate and safeguard the oil revenues for generations to come.The Fund accumulates income from the sale of oil contracts, and in 2003 it started to make transfers to the state budget of Azerbaijan. As for now, SOFAZ contribution to the country’s GDP is over 80 percent.The contract for the development of the ACG oil fields was signed on September 20, 1994, and entered force in December. The contract for the development of the ACG block was extended to 2050 in September 2017.The shareholders in the ACG project are BP (operator, 30.37 percent), SOCAR (25 percent), MOL (9.57 percent), INPEX (9.31 percent), Equinor (7.27 percent), ExxonMobil (6.79 percent), TPAO (5.73 percent), ITOCHU (3.65 percent), ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) (2.31 percent).The contract on the development of the Shah Deniz gas field was signed in 1996. Shareholders of Shah Deniz project are: BP (operator, 28.8 percent), TPAO (19 percent), AzSD (10 percent), SGC Upstream (6.7 percent), PETRONAS (15.5 percent), LUKOIL (10 percent) and NICO (10 percent). Venezuela always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity - Ambassador http://www.today.az/news/politics/203960.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:33:00 +0400 By TrendVenezuela attaches great importance to the development of relations with Azerbaijan, Ambassador of Venezuela to Azerbaijan Christopher Alberto Martinez Berroteran said.Berroteran made the remark at a meeting with Chairperson of the Azerbaijani parliament Sahiba Gafarova, Trend reports on March 3.The ambassador highly appreciated the role of the Azerbaijani parliament in the development of parliamentary diplomacy, saying that he is often interested in the work of the Azerbaijani parliament.“The development of relations between the parliaments of the two countries is in common interests, therefore, the creation of friendship groups can be considered expedient,” the ambassador said.The guest informed Gafarova about the work of the Venezuelan parliament, stressing the importance of systematic meetings.The ambassador stressed that Venezuela has always supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and assessed the trilateral agreement signed on November 10, 2020 [on ceasefire and cessation of all hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region] as the success of the Azerbaijani diplomacy.During the meeting, the views on further directions for the development of inter-parliamentary ties, the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and other issues were exchanged. President Aliyev: Azerbaijan supports Pakistan on all issues, including Kashmir [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/203942.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:17:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaPresident Ilham Aliyev has said that Azerbaijan supports Pakistan on all issues, including Kashmir, Azertag has reported.Aliyev made the remarks at a video-format meeting with a delegation led by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan General Nadeem Raza on March 3."Pakistan is one of a handful of countries of the world that does not have diplomatic relations with Armenia and has not officially recognized Armenia due to the occupation of Azerbaijani lands. Our people are aware of this and we appreciate it very much. Azerbaijan, in turn, has always supported Pakistan on all other issues, including Kashmir. We provide this support at the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other international institutions," he said.The president noted that as part of the Economic Cooperation Organization's summit to be held in the format of a video conference on March 4, the two countries will discuss economic cooperation."Referring to our bilateral relations, I want to emphasize that we will focus on the economy. This includes energy and transport. We hope that Pakistan will join the existing and emerging transport routes through our country. Thus, we will expand our cooperation in this area as well," he added.The head of state expressed confidence that the Pakistani delegation's visit will strengthen military cooperation between the two countries."So far, this cooperation has been very fruitful, and we look forward to expanding our partnership," Aliyev stressed. He noted Azerbaijani-Pakistani military cooperation has great potential."We are already familiar with the products of Pakistan's defence industry. As you know, we have purchased military equipment from Pakistan and want to continue this process. At the same time, we are thinking about joint military exercises. We think this is the right time," he said.The head of state hailed the current state of Azerbaijani-Turkish-Pakistani cooperation."We have already witnessed good results of the trilateral cooperation format involving Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan in political and other fields, including defence. I believe that we will join our efforts to strengthen our positions and contribute to peace. Because our countries are in favour of peace and justice in the region," Aliyev added.He added that trilateral military cooperation will contribute to the establishment of peace in the world. The president also thanked Pakistan for the solidarity and support shown during the 44-day war in 2020. "From the first day of the war, Pakistan has shown solidarity and support for Azerbaijan. Pakistan has supported the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions calling for an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and condemned Armenian aggression. It was an example of true brotherhood and friendship," he said.Aliyev stressed that the Azerbaijani people had shown their feelings for the people of Pakistan and the country, waving Pakistani flags during the war, which demonstrated Azerbaijani-Pakistani unity and brotherhood. Vaccination - best way to protect against infectious diseases - Azerbaijani ministry http://www.today.az/news/society/203970.html Society Thu, 04 Mar 2021 12:57:00 +0400 By TrendVaccination is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases, Member of the Working Group on Fighting COVID-19 under the Azerbaijani Health Ministry Sabina Babazadeh said, Trend reports on Mar.4.According to Babazadeh, vaccination primarily protects the person and his/her close relatives from getting infected.“We mustn’t forget about mass infection and death cases. Vaccines protect us from serious diseases and reduce the burden on the health system. COVID-19 can be defeated by forming collective immunity through the vaccination," she said.The vaccination process in the country continues successfully in accordance with the strategy developed in this area, Babazadeh said. Workers of educational sphere in Baku undergoing COVID-19 vaccination http://www.today.az/news/society/203958.html Society Thu, 04 Mar 2021 12:51:00 +0400 By TrendWorkers of educational sphere in Baku are undergoing vaccination against COVID-19, Trend reports on Mar.4.Approximately 20,000 teachers and technical workers in the education sector over the age of 50 are being vaccinated.The vaccination centers have been set up in five schools of Baku.The COVID-19 vaccination in Azerbaijan has begun since January 18, 2021. First of all, health workers are being vaccinated, then persons from risky categories and persons over the age of 50. Azerbaijan's Innovation Center talks on activities to support local startup ecosystem http://www.today.az/news/business/203959.html Business Thu, 04 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0400 By TrendThe Innovation Center of Azerbaijan, together with other organizations, is conducting various events to support them in bringing the number of countrywide start-up projects to 500, a source in the center told Trend on Mar.3.According to the source, the center annually holds more than 10 hackathons (forums for developers, during which specialists from different areas of software development (programmers, designers, managers) jointly solve any problem for a while) on various directions, the purpose of which is to support local startups in the development of their projects."For our part, we provide startups with financial assistance, organize meetings with local and foreign investors. Despite the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are trying to continue our support in the online format," the center’s experts said.Besides, the source noted that in order to bring the number of start-up projects in Azerbaijan to 500, the 500 Startup company will provide all the necessary opportunities to the participants - from creating the idea to financing the project and bringing it to foreign markets."In addition to increasing start-up projects, Azerbaijan needs the development of specialists in this industry. In our country, the number of start-up projects doesn’t exceed even a hundred, and therefore, in addition to creating projects, we need to raise specialists in this industry," the experts stressed. Azerbaijan, Venezuela discuss opportunities for co-op development http://www.today.az/news/politics/203957.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 12:15:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Parliament’s Chairperson (Speaker) Sahiba Gafarova met with the Ambassador of Venezuela in Azerbaijan Christopher Berroteran, Trend reports referring to the parliament.Gafarova emphasized the development of friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Venezuela, despite big geographical distance."The well-established diplomatic ties between our countries have created favorable conditions for the development of interstate relations. High-level visits, ongoing negotiations and documents signed between the countries indicate a good intention to expand cooperation. Development of political ties creates conditions for using the potential that exists in areas such as investment, energy, transport, science, education and the environment," she said.The chairperson stressed that Venezuela's support for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is regarded as a friendly attitude.The speaker added that Azerbaijan intends to develop relations with Venezuela at the level of parliaments."The development of ties between the legislative bodies of the two countries will have a positive impact on deepening the cooperation in other spheres of life," Gafarova said. Russia lifts ban on tomatoes, apples import from 27 Azerbaijani enterprises http://www.today.az/news/business/203953.html Business Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:46:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadRussia’s agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted the ban on imports of 19 tomato producers and 8 apple producers operating in Azerbaijan.The decision was made under the guarantees of the Azerbaijan Food Safety Organization and based on the results of quarantine phytosanitary examination of samples of products taken during joint video inspections.So far, relevant Russian authority lifted the ban on import for 70 tomatoes and 46 apples producers companies operating in Azerbaijan.It should be noted that the export potential of enterprises that are allowed to export apples to Russian is 114,382 tons, which is 170.9 percent of the 66,924 tons of apples exported to this country in 2020. Meanwhile, the export potential of enterprises that are allowed to export tomatoes is 224,168 tons, which is 124.5 percent of the 179,956 tons of tomato products exported to Russia last year.Rosselkhoznadzor banned the import of Azerbaijani tomatoes and apples on December 10, citing the necessity to “prevent the import and spread” of pesticides to Russia.Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency and relevant agencies are taking joint measures to lift restrictions on the tomatoes and apple export from Azerbaijan to Russia.Azerbaijan is a major supplier of fruits and vegetables to Russia. The country ranked first in supplies of fresh and chilled tomatoes. No way sabotage-terrorist group members can be considered POWs - Azerbaijani MFA http://www.today.az/news/politics/203952.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:35:00 +0400 Trend's interview with Spokesperson for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Leyla AbdullayevaRecently, the Armenian side has been making statements, claiming that Azerbaijan allegedly does not fulfill its obligations under paragraph 8 of the Trilateral Statement of November 10, and also requires the exchange of prisoners of war. At times, officials from other countries also raise this issue...The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan responded to the completely groundless statements of the Armenian side and its patrons in connection with the issue you mentioned, and I want to reiterate that the Republic of Azerbaijan remains committed to the obligations specified in the trilateral statement of November 10, 2020 [between Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia] and takes appropriate steps to fully implement them.This issue has been repeatedly commented on at the highest level. It should be noted that the Azerbaijani side, having shown particular sensitivity in the exchange of prisoners of war, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 8 of the trilateral statement of November 10, returned to the opposite side a total of 71 Armenian citizens, including 43 military and 28 civilians taken prisoner during the war.Regarding the question about of "62 people" raised by the Armenian side, as you know, the members of this sabotage-terrorist group, sent by Armenia to the territory of Azerbaijan after the signing of the trilateral statement and intercepted as a result of the counter-terrorist operation of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, in no case can be considered prisoners of war. As a result of terrorist acts committed by the detained group, four Azerbaijani servicemen became martyrs and one civilian was seriously injured. Currently, this issue is being investigated.As you know, the letter addressed by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and circulated as a document of the UN General Assembly and Security Council contains detailed information on this.Besides, I would like to say that the Azerbaijani side, adhering to the terms of the statement, creates the necessary conditions for the search and collection of the bodies of Armenian servicemen in liberated territories of Azerbaijan, as well as, together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Russian peacekeepers, provides assistance to the Armenian side. To date, 1,274 bodies that were found in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan have been handed over to Armenia.Inflating the topic of exchange of prisoners of war amid all these facts, at the same time, the absence of international discussions on Armenia's refusal to provide a map of mined territories in violation of the norms of international humanitarian law indicates the existence of double standards. Since the end of hostilities to this day in the liberated territories, 18 people - 12 civilians and 6 servicemen - were blown up on mines. Moreover, 62 servicemen and 9 civilians received bodily injuries of varying severity.The abovementioned facts clearly show that the Azerbaijani side, unlike Armenia, which, avoiding fulfilling its obligations in all possible ways, is committed to the obligations arising from the November 10 statement and is interested in ensuring peace in the region,Recently, the Armenian Foreign Ministry issued a statement regarding the sending of personnel of the Armenian Armed Forces for military service to the territory of Azerbaijan. What measures are being taken to prevent such violations by the Armenian side?As previously reported, international media - agencies operating in Armenia, including independent media, reported that after the signing of a joint statement between Azerbaijan and Armenia on November 10, 2020, which provides for the cessation of all hostilities, the personnel of the Armenian Armed Forces are involved in military activities in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan by deception or coercion, which caused protests both among the military and their families.I would like to note that the deployment of Armenian servicemen in any form in the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan without their consent is an open violation of the norms and principles of international law, territorial integrity and inviolability of international borders, as well as the provisions of other international documents, of which Armenia itself is a supporter. Azerbaijan will not allow such illegal actions in its sovereign territories, and all necessary measures will be taken to prevent them.On February 22, 2021, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, sent appeals with the attachment of relevant evidence to the UN, OSCE, NATO and Council of Europe secretaries, including the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, OSCE Chairman-in-Office, UN High Commissioner on human rights with a call to take measures within their competence regarding Armenia's failure to fulfill its obligations in accordance with international law and the tripartite statement, as well as to stop the deployment of its Armed Forces by Armenia on the territory of Azerbaijan and any actions and statements that impede the implementation of the tripartite statement.Besides these appeals, we will continue to work through diplomatic channels to inform the international community about the illegal actions of the Armenian side.I would like to stress once again that to ensure peace, stability, prosperity and sustainable economic development in the region, there is no other alternative than Armenia's full and honest fulfillment of all its obligations arising from international law, as well as joint statements of November 10, 2020 and January 11, 2021. Several Russian airlines receive permission to operate flights to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/203956.html Business Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:21:00 +0400 By TrendSeveral Russian airlines have received permission to operate regular flights to Azerbaijan, Trend reports citing the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia (Rosaviatsia).The Russian Red Wings air carrier received permission to carry out flights to Baku from Zhukovsky airport twice a week, and Azimut air carrier from Mineralnye Vody to Baku - three times a week, from Makhachkala (Russia's Dagestan Republic) to Baku - also three times a week.“Besides, Ural Airlines received permission to carry passengers in the direction of Rostov-on-Don - Baku - three times a week, Novosibirsk - Baku, Perm - Baku, Krasnoyarsk - Baku, Kaliningrad - Baku, Nizhny Novgorod - Baku, Astrakhan - Baku and Ufa - Baku - three times a week in each direction,” the message reads.Moreover, the North Wind air carrier was given permission to operate twice a week flights in the direction of Rostov-on-Don - Baku and Mineralnye Vody - Baku.The Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) has canceled the passenger transportation for the Azur Air company in the direction of Ufa - Baku, Rostov-on-Don - Baku and Samara - Baku, the report said.In addition, air carriers received permits to operate flights within the framework of regular and seasonal flights to a number of other destinations. Azerbaijan urges all wishing regional peace to help fulfil Karabakh peace deal http://www.today.az/news/politics/203954.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 10:54:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaAzerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva has said that any party wishing peace in the South Caucasus region should contribute to the fulfilment of the trilateral statements signed by Baku, Moscow and Yerevan in November 2020 and January 2021.Abdullayeva made the remarks in a statement about documents adopted by some European parliaments. her remarks were posted on the Foreign Ministry website on March 3."It is very important to fulfil the trilateral statements that act as the main guarantor of lasting peace amid the new situation that has arisen in the region thanks to the agreement on the cessation of hostilities [in the Nagorno-Karabakh region]. Any party wishing peace in our region must contribute to the implementation of these agreements both through the statements and the activity,” the spokesperson said.She added that "the parliamentarians in some countries put their preconceived interests above the interests of ensuring peace”.“Not only the regional countries but also the entire international community focus on the new situation that arose in the region after the second Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh War and the implementation of the trilateral statement signed on November 10, 2020 [on ceasefire and cessation of all hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region],” Abdullayeva said.She stressed that Azerbaijani always emphasizes that the implementation of the signed trilateral statements is an important condition for ensuring lasting peace, security and development in the region.“The legislative structures of some European countries have recently come up with documents on the situation in the region and the implementation of agreements. The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies adopted a resolution on March 2, 2021 'On the status of implementation of the agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan' inviting the parties to constructive activity,” Abdullayeva said.The spokesperson underlined that while demonstrating a balanced policy, the Italian parliament instructed the government to work bilaterally with both countries to promote confidence-building measures to create conditions for future reconciliation between Armenia and Azerbaijan.“I would like to emphasize that as the most important issue, the parliament pays attention to the demining process and providing maps of mined areas. In general, as you know, the Italian parliament has been paying attention to the implementation of the trilateral statement for the second time," she said.Abdullayeva the resolution dated November 18, 2020, welcomed the signing of a joint statement and the parties were invited to fulfil their obligations upon this statement. She reminded that on February 25 this year, the Dutch Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee passed a resolution calling on the Dutch government to help "release prisoners of war arrested by Azerbaijan"."Another unfounded and completely one-sided document of the Dutch parliament was accepted thanks to the efforts of the committee members, who have always been distinguished by their biased position,” the spokesperson said.“I would like to note that while speaking at the meeting during the discussion of the resolution Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok spoke out against the resolution, saying that both Armenia and Azerbaijan have mutual claims on the issue of prisoners of war, and proposed to make an amendment to the resolution envisaging an appeal to both parties,” Abdullayeva said.Stressing that the resolution was not amended, the spokesperson said that "this once again demonstrates that for parliamentarians in some countries, their biased stance is above everything, even above the efforts to ensure regional peace".On November 10, Baku and Yerevan signed a Moscow-brokered deal that brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s.On January 11, the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders signed the second statement since the end of the 44-day war. The newly-signed statement is set to implement clause 9 of the November 2020 statement related to the unblocking of all economic and transport communications in the region. Azerbaijan, Turkey to shot film about Nagorno-Karabakh War http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/203955.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 04 Mar 2021 10:38:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting (AzTV) and the Sivas Cumhuriyet University of Turkey have signed a cooperation protocol. Azerbaijan and Turkey will shoot a film about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh War as part of the partnership. Moreover, the Sivas Cumhuriyet University will conduct virtual trainingd for students of the CJSC TV and Radio Academy and media staff on March 8-19.The trainings will be held under the coordination of the Journalism Faculty of Sivas Republic University.Participants who complete the training program will be awarded certificates.Founded in 1956, Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting Closed Joint-Stock Company, is considered the oldest television company in the country.The channel airs talk shows on various themes, autobiographical and travel programmes, music and entertainment programmes, television plays, documentaries and feature films. Azerbaijan Television programmes are broadcasted not only in Azerbaijan, but also in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Sivas Cumhuriyet University is a public university established in the Sivas Province of Turkey in 1973 at the 50th anniversary of Turkish Republic.The university offers lectures, educational opportunities, cultural and sportive activities to more than 50,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate students by 2435 academic staff, cultural and sportive facilities, and libraries.The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association. Fulfillment of Karabakh peace deal key to sustainable peace, security http://www.today.az/news/politics/203951.html Politics Thu, 04 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaThrough its victory in the 44-day war with Armenia in 2020, Azerbaijan opened a new page in the history of two neighbouring countries and the region. The restoration of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and the planned unblocking of transport corridors will transform the region and ensure peace and cooperation in the region.Baku regards cooperation between the two nations as a key to post-war sustainable peace and security despite the Azerbaijanophobia prevalent in the Armenian society.Lasting peace, securityAt a presser in Baku on February 26, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that the only way to peace is possible through collaboration between the two nations.“Today we are discussing the issue of permanent, sustainable peace and security in the region. The only way to do this is through collaboration,” Aliyev said.The Azerbaijani leader added that there can be a sustainable peace “when there is a demonstration of commitment to the 10 November statement” signed by him along with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to end the hostilities in and around Karabakh.On March 3, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva voiced similar views, reiterating the importance of fulfilling the Karabakh peace deal which acts “as the main guarantor of lasting peace amid the new situation”.Thus, Azerbaijan’s top officials and society believe the sides can turn the page of enmity if both show the will and determination to achieve peace.Armenians' integrationMeanwhile, some ponder if Azerbaijan will be able to build relations and integrate into Azerbaijani society the Armenians of Karabakh, who have not yet got rid of the nationalistic ideas.At the same presser, Aliyev touched on the issue, saying the integration of Khankandi and other territories where the Armenian population now live is an inevitable process. One must understand and accept the historical perspective. The Armenians of Karabakh, he said, are “citizens of Azerbaijan who have been brainwashed by war criminals”.Aliyev noted that “it is necessary to treat these people, innocent people who have become victims of Azerbaijanophobia, the propaganda against Azerbaijanis. I think that time is the best healer”.He stressed that “it is necessary to give time for the wounds to heal... and for Armenia to understand that all attempts to demonize Azerbaijan, which they have taken and are taking, are counterproductive in the first place for them”.Meanwhile, Day.az reported that on social networking platforms, groups are being created where representatives of the two nations make attempts at rapprochement and normal communication.However, the website regretted there are only a few Armenians in those groups, and mostly Azerbaijanis, who talk about peace, good-neighbourliness and friendship."This has always been the case, even during the years of occupation, when we were losers and, in theory, should have hated. We are actually talking to ourselves there. Although it is hard to believe that there are so few people in Armenia and the Armenian-populated part of Karabakh who wants peace and normal life for their children. They probably exist, and there must be a lot of them, just fear does not allow to speak about it loudly yet, because aggressive propaganda is still strong,” the website said.Anti-Azerbaijani propagandaIt should be noted that the anti-Azerbaijani propaganda is structured in such a way that even those who live far from Armenia cannot avoid it and every year it becomes more and more difficult to rid the Armenian people of this disease. A video made by an Armenian doctor from Moscow which appeared on social networking platforms is a glaring example of this. The doctor in the video speaks about her hatred towards Azerbaijanis.To recap, in his speech at the presser Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan will retaliate any further step of revenge.“Another condition for us, a condition for peace is that political circles of Armenia should understand: any attempts at revenge will be severely punished by Azerbaijan... I warn that there should not be any attempts at exacting revenge,” he said.He ruled out any negative steps towards the Armenian population in villages located on liberated Azerbaijani lands.“There is no tension between the Armenian civilian population and Azerbaijani border guards. A peaceful life continues,” he said.Aliyev noted that the two countries do not have to strive for anything else to achieve sustainable peace.“We have returned what is ours and demonstrated that our words and deeds have equal value,” he noted.In an interview with Day.az, political scientist Fikrat Sadikhov stressed that Armenian politicians and so-called military leaders who dragged the Armenian population of Karabakh into this pool must understand that after the end of the victorious war and the liberation of the territories, the Armenians simply have no other way but to integrate and continue normal life within the borders of Azerbaijan.All these fabrications about "Artsakh [Karabakh]", "independence", all their fantasies about secession from Azerbaijan, joining Armenia - all this failed and it is impossible not to reckon with this, the political scientist noted.“Only within Azerbaijan, the Armenian population will be able to live normally, develop and benefit from the results of the country's socio-economic development. And Azerbaijanophobia is a terrible disease that has existed for a long time in the minds of those who have started everything that has been happening over the past 30 years... If the Armenians want to live in peace in Azerbaijan, raise children, work, enjoy the benefits that the country’s citizens enjoy, they must eradicate hatred and Azerbaijanophobia from themselves and stop demonizing our country. Otherwise, only they themselves will suffer,” Sadikhov said. Khazri wind expected on Thursday http://www.today.az/news/society/203935.html Society Wed, 03 Mar 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe weather will be cloudy and mainly dry in Baku on March 4. Mild northwest wind will be followed by south wind in the evening.The temperature in Baku and Absheron peninsula will be +4-6 °C at night, +8-10 °C in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.Atmospheric pressure will rise from 766 mm Hg to 771 mm Hg. Relative humidity will make 70-80 percent at night and 50-55 percent in the daytime.The weather will be rainless in some regions. However, rain may fall in some areas at night and in the evening. Snow is expected in the mountains. It will be foggy in some places. West wind will blow.The temperature will be +2-6°C at night, +8-13°C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be 3 -8 °C at night, and -2 +3 °C in the daytime.Mild Khazri wind and temperature close to the climatic norm will be mainly favorable for weather-sensitive people. MasterCard users in Azerbaijan won't need to visit bank branches for bank operations http://www.today.az/news/business/203946.html Business Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:42:00 +0400 By TrendIn the near future, MasterCard solutions will make it possible to carry out all banking operations without visiting bank branches, Mastercard Country Manager for Azerbaijan Erdem Chakar said during an online conference, Trend reports.According to the MasterCard representative, individuals will not need to visit bank offices to order a MasterCard bank card.Chakar also said that MasterCard plans to implement the 'Open Banking' project in Turkey, starting from 2022.“For the implementation of this project in Turkey, at the governmental level, work is already underway to create appropriate regulatory legal acts. The 'Open Banking' is a concept that uses open APIs in finance,” he added. Turkey attaches importance to Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia trilateral format of co-op - FM http://www.today.az/news/politics/203945.html Politics Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:30:00 +0400 By TrendTurkey attaches importance to the Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia trilateral format of cooperation, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.Cavusoglu made the remark at a press conference of the foreign ministers of Turkey and Georgia, Trend reports on March 3."We plan to hold a trilateral meeting, which was postponed due to the change and approval of the new staff of the Georgian government,” the Turkish foreign minister added. “Peace and truce in the Caucasus are very important for us. We support the territorial integrity of Georgia, as well as we support the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.” Chief of Azerbaijani Aghdam's Irrigation Department heavily injured in mine explosion http://www.today.az/news/politics/203950.html Politics Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:00:00 +0400 By TrendChief of Azerbaijan’s Aghdam District Mechanical Irrigation Department Hafiz Azizzadeh hit mine when fulfilling his duties in the territory of the liberated Novruzlu village, Trend reports on Mar.3 referring to a source in the department.According to the source, Azizzadeh was hospitalized with heavy injuries. Currently, his condition is assessed as serious.The village had been liberated from Armenian occupation as a result of the 44-day war (from late Nov. through early Nov.2020). Post-war situation, gender equality, intercultural dialogue in Nizami Ganjavi int’l ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/203939.html Politics Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman Ismayilova2021 marks the 880th birth anniversary of the prominent Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi who is one of the greatest representatives of the Eastern Renaissance.President Ilham Aliyev has signed an Order to declare 2021 as a "Year of Nizami Ganjavi" in Azerbaijan.In his interview with Azernews, Secretary General of Nizami Ganjavi International Center Rovshan Muradov shared the Center's activities aimed at promoting the poet's rich heritage and other projects.Year of Nizami GanjaviPresident of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received in a video format co-chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Ismail Serageldin on February 23.The meeting was focused on the activities aimed at promoting Nizami`s legacy at international level.In addition, a large-scale conference dedicated to the poet's rich heritage will be held on March 9.The meeting will be held in partnership with International Turkic Academy.The conference is expected to bring together many political figures.The Center's co-chairs are also actively involved in work aimed at promoting the poet's heritage.Dr. Ismail Serageldin is now working on the book about Nizami Ganjavi. Madame Vaira Vike-Freiberga is writing an essay on the epic poem "Seven Beauties".Besides, Moldova, Croatia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries are planning to host a number of conferences to mark the poet's 880th anniversary.  Post-war developmentNizami Ganjavi International Center also focuses on post-war development, post-conflict situation.The Nizami Ganjavi Center is now working with European,  American and other partners to hold virtual conferences dedicated to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war ended with the Russia-brokered peace deal signed on November 10 by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders.The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since early 1990s.Women EmpowermentNizami Ganjavi Center attracts great attention to women empowerment. The Center hosts multiple conferences on women and gender equality.Notably, Azerbaijan is considered the first Muslim country that allowed women to vote in 1918.Over the past time, the country has made considerable progress in empowering its women. The total number of women actively participating in the social and economic life of the country is increasing year by year. Baku Global ForumBaku Global Forum 2021 will be held in October. The Global Baku Forum will bring together presidents, former heads of state and governments, prominent politicians and public figures.The Global Baku Forum was first held in 2013 under the name of the I South Caucasus Forum.Since 2015, the forum has been organized at international level and renamed Baku Global Forum.In 2019, the agenda of the forum included actual topics like intercultural dialogue, conflict settlement methods in difficult situations, democratic development, interfaith dialogue, global security and so on.Fight against COVID-19Coronavirus has been spreading rapidly across the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11 as the virus spread to more than 100 countries.  Nizami Ganjavi Center calls on governments and international partners to unite their efforts in fight against COVID-19.The Center actively works with different countries, as well as Lancet Covid19 Commission and thePeoples Vaccine Alliance along with Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and OXFAM, a global movement to end the injustice of poverty through saving lives.The organization is planning to hold meetings dedicated to COVID-19 vaccination and works. Azerbaijan's Emergency Ministry names number of COVID-19 vaccinated employees http://www.today.az/news/society/203947.html Society Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:42:00 +0400 By TrendAbout 300 employees of Azerbaijan’s Emergency Ministry have already been vaccinated against coronavirus, Deputy Chief, Major of the Medical Service at the Ministry Vafa Dadashova said, Trend reports on March 3.According to Dadashova, this process began a few days ago."The vaccination is carried out on a voluntary basis. No negative consequences have been recorded among the vaccinated employees," she added.The process of vaccination in Azerbaijan has been launched since January 18, 2021. Travel Agencies Association to expand ties with travel bloggers http://www.today.az/news/business/203938.html Business Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:38:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan Association of Travel Agencies and the Association of Travel Bloggers have signed an agreement on cooperation. The Associations agreed on resuming domestic tourism in the post-pandemic period.The sides exchanged views on the promotion of tourism destinations in Baku and the country's regions. High level tourism activities will be created as part of the cooperation.Chairman of the Association of Travel Agencies Rufat Hajiyev said that the joint activities of bloggers with tourism companies can create positive changes in terms of development and promotion of tourism, as well as new products and destinations.Speaking at the meeting, Chairman of the Azerbaijan Travel Bloggers Association Azer Garib noted that bloggers, like other tourism entities, have not been active for a long time amid COVID-19 pandemic.He stressed the importance of restoring the activities of travel bloggers to promote domestic tourism.Notably, Association of Travel Agencies is actively involved in providing well-organized tourism services, developing a single platform for independent and self-developing travel agencies.The Association is built on several missions for providing sustainable development.This includes the formation and systematization of the Industry Standards, certification of Association members, protection of their interests, as well as the integration of national tourism subjects, patenting unique tourism routes and products.The association aims to provide high quality and standard tourism services to both domestic and foreign tourists as a centralized, systemized and standardized independent self-regulatory organization.Founded in 2020, Azerbaijan Association of Travel Bloggers aims at showing the country's tourism potential.The Association attaches great importance to the issue of promoting Azerbaijan abroad.It actively cooperates with foreign partners, including International Travel Writers Alliance, hotel chains and tourist offices in various countries and cities.The Travel Bloggers Association also focuses on reviving the tourism industry in Karabakh region. MasterCard working on developing QR payments in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/203936.html Business Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:21:00 +0400 By TrendMasterCard will be developing the QR payments in Azerbaijan during 2021, MasterCard Country Manager for Azerbaijan, Erdem Chakar said during an online conference, Trend reports.According to the MasterCard representative, with the help of a mobile device and a corresponding application, customers in stores can pay for services and goods through POS terminals."At present, clients of the Kapital Bank OJSC can make payments via a mobile device using a MasterCard card. I'm sure that a number of Azerbaijani banks will join this project," Chakar said.He further noted that MasterCard will soon implement a project related to payments for travel in Baku metro, using MasterCard cards.“We’ve already launched a pilot project of this solution in Shamakhi,” Chakar added.MasterCard will continue to implement its solutions and incentive campaigns in Azerbaijan's online payment systems in 2021. UN, Azerbaijan sign new Cooperation Framework for 2021-25 http://www.today.az/news/politics/203949.html Politics Wed, 03 Mar 2021 15:52:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijani and the United Nations have signed a Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for 2021-2025, the Economy Ministry’s press service has reported.The document was signed between Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov and UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Ghulam Isaczai on March 1.The report said that four framework documents have been implemented between the UN and Azerbaijan as a result of successful cooperation so far. “Framework Document on Cooperation between the UN and Azerbaijan on Sustainable Development in 2021-2025” has been prepared as a continuation of this cooperation.The Cooperation Framework, fully compliant with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is based on the principles of human rights, gender equality, sustainable development, resilience and responsibility, including the priorities of socio-economic development, and will cover entire Azerbaijan’s territory.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Economy Minister noted that Azerbaijan effectively cooperates with carious specialized UN agencies. He added that as part of such cooperation a number of documents have been signed, and joint projects were implemented.Moreover, the minister noted that the Cooperation Framework will contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, ongoing reforms and implementation of projects, the development of human capital within the “Azerbaijan 2030: national socio-economic development” program.Jabbarov also stressed the importance of cooperation with specialized UN agencies in the framework in ensuring the great return to the liberated territories, stating that the relevant steps have been already taken in this direction.In turn, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan underlined that the main goals of the Cooperation Framework are to transform the economy, meeting the needs of vulnerable groups of population, minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and eliminate the consequences of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, emphasizing the role of the document in accelerating the implementation of the SDGs.The document signing was followed by a meeting between the minister and resident coordinator, at which the parties discussed the cooperation with specialized UN agencies.The UNSDCF is the fifth UN-Azerbaijan cooperation framework and is based on an analysis of Azerbaijan’s progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The implementation of the Cooperation Framework puts the UN development system reform into practice, emphasizing transparency, accountability and joint action in the delivery of all development results. Country registers 319 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/203944.html Society Wed, 03 Mar 2021 15:43:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 319 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on March 3.Some 161 patients have recovered and 5 patients have died in the reported period. So far, 235,333 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 229,143 patients have recovered, 3,230 people have died. Currently, 2,960 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 7,928 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 2,618,808 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. Azerbaijan's State Tax Service registers Fuzuli Airport LLC http://www.today.az/news/business/203943.html Business Wed, 03 Mar 2021 15:30:00 +0400 By TrendThe State Tax Service under the Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan registered Fuzuli Airport LLC in January 2021, Trend reports citing the service.According to the State Tax Service, the authorized capital of Fuzuli Airport LLC amounted to over 35.3 million manat ($20.7 million).On January 14, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev laid the foundations of the Fuzuli-Shusha road on the 27th kilometer of the Ahmadbeyli-Fuzuli-Shusha road and the airport in Fuzuli district.The runway of the new airport is planned to be commissioned in 2021.The construction of two international airports is planned in the territories of Azerbaijan liberated from the Armenian occupation. Carpet Museum to host lecture on mythological semantics in Turkic culture http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/203940.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 03 Mar 2021 15:17:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaCarpet Museum invites you to join a lecture? on "The Dragon Symbol and Its Mythological Semantics in the Culture of the Turkic People" on March 4.The lecture led by Associate Professor Elchin Abbasov will discuss the meaning of the dragon symbol in the traditional culture of the Turkic peoples, as well as in the history of military art and statehood, mythological and religious semantics of this image.According to the quarantine rules, the number of participants in the lecture will not exceed 10 people. Tap the link to register for the? lecture?.The lecture will be in Azerbaijani. The event stars at 16:00. Admission is free.Founded in 1967, the National Carpet Museum holds more than 14,000 exhibits of the finest Azerbaijani carpets.The museum, initiated by eminent carpet artist Latif Karimov, is beautiful inside and out. The museum's new building is designed in the form of a rolled carpet.Now, the museum hosts multiple events, including international symposiums, conferences and various exhibitions.In 2019, the museum received the national status for its significant contribution in popularization and promotion of the Azerbaijani Carpet Weaving Art.In 2020, the Carpet Museum enriched its collection with beautiful pile carpets purchased by the Culture Ministry at Sartirana Textile Show in Italy.The 19th century Guba carpet "Ugakh" was donated to the Carpet Museum, while Karabakh carpet "Chelebi" enriched the collection of the museum's Shusha branch.The Carpet Museum also focuses on cooperation with the world leading museum organizations.The exhibition "Echo of Soviet Azerbaijan. Carpet. Embroidery. Poster " held at the Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow in partnership with the Mardjani Foundation and the exhibition named "Azerbaijani carpets in the collection of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art held in Istanbul are among such projects.Moreover, the Carpet Museum won Travelers' Choice Awards for the fourth time in a row last year.The award proves once again that the professional activity of the National Carpet Museum is highly appreciated by visitors from all over the world. Enterprises of Russian Bryansk region may start exporting goods to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/203937.html Business Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:52:00 +0400 By TrendWith the support of the Trade Mission of Russia in Azerbaijan, online events will be held within the framework of the business mission of enterprises in the Russian Bryansk region on March 5-25, Trend reports citing the Trade Representation of Russia in AzerbaijanAccording to the representation office, the events organized under the auspices of the Department of Economic Development of the Bryansk Region and the Bryansk Regional Center ‘My Business’ will unite companies interested in cooperation with entrepreneurs from Azerbaijan.“The Trade Representation of Russia in Azerbaijan and the representative office of the Russian Export Center will hold consultations for the participants of the business mission on March 5, provide enterprises with practical recommendations on finding counterparties in Azerbaijan and doing business in the country. Bryansk commodity producers will present their products and discuss further steps to interact with the Russian Export Support Group in Azerbaijan. Subsequently, in the period from 9 to 25 March, individual negotiations will be organized between the interested parties from Azerbaijan and the Bryansk region,” the message reads.According to Ruslan Mirsayapov, Trade Representative of Russia in Azerbaijan, enterprises of the Bryansk region have every chance of conquering the Azerbaijani market, and this business mission will allow Bryansk exporters to objectively assess their capabilities and prepare the most attractive offer for Azerbaijani partners.The government of the Bryansk region consistently supports and develops the export activities of enterprises in the region. Thanks to this support, the Bryansk export practically did not decrease in 2020, despite serious quarantine restrictions on the activities of enterprises. The region's main exports are railway equipment, meat, oilseeds, paper and cardboard, and timber industry products.The Bryansk region is in the top 20 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, which provide the largest increase in exports of products of the Russian agro-industrial complex. Over the past 6 years, the share of agriculture in the gross regional product has grown from seven to almost twenty percent. Number of COVID-19 vaccinated citizens in Azerbaijan disclosed http://www.today.az/news/society/203934.html Society Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:38:00 +0400 By TrendSome 20,903 people were vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Azerbaijan on March 2, 2021, Trend reports referring to the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 313,582 citizens have been vaccinated.The process of vaccination in Azerbaijan has been launched since January 18 this year. Azerbaijan to contribute to development of CE work on organizing AI security http://www.today.az/news/business/203948.html Business Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:23:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan took part in the fourth plenary meeting of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence, established by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Electronic Government Development Center of Azerbaijan told Trend.According to the Center, the meeting was devoted to the main elements of the legal framework based on the CE standards in the field of human rights, rule of law, and democracy."With the participation of Azerbaijan and a number of other parties, the ongoing work with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in the field of classification of artificial intelligence (AI), protection of human rights in the era of AI and a number of other issues was discussed," the Center added.The Azerbaijani side was represented by Fariz Jafarov, Director of the Electronic Government Development Center of Azerbaijan.Along with the Azerbaijani delegation, the plenary session was attended by the CE member states, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Rick Dams, as well as representatives of the bodies and structures of the CE, the European Court of Human Rights and other organizations.In 2020, Fariz Jafarov, Director of the Center for the Development of Electronic Government of Azerbaijan, was elected as an observer member of the Bureau of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence from Azerbaijan by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. MasterCard working on developing QR payments in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/203933.html Business Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:12:00 +0400 By TrendMasterCard will be developing the QR payments in Azerbaijan during 2021, MasterCard Country Manager for Azerbaijan, Erdem Chakar said during an online conference, Trend reports.According to the MasterCard representative, with the help of a mobile device and a corresponding application, customers in stores can pay for services and goods through POS terminals."At present, clients of the Kapital Bank OJSC can make payments via a mobile device using a MasterCard card. I'm sure that a number of Azerbaijani banks will join this project," Chakar said.He further noted that MasterCard will soon implement a project related to payments for travel in Baku metro, using MasterCard cards.“We’ve already launched a pilot project of this solution in Shamakhi,” Chakar added.MasterCard will continue to implement its solutions and incentive campaigns in Azerbaijan's online payment systems in 2021. Azerbaijan studying Turkey's experience to strengthen institution of primary health care http://www.today.az/news/society/203932.html Society Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:45:00 +0400 By TrendThe State Agency for Mandatory Health Insurance of Azerbaijan is interested in studying and applying the experience of Turkey to improve the institution of a family doctor, Head of the agency’s Strategic Analysis Department Araz Nasirov said Trend reports.Nasirov made the remark at a working meeting with representatives of the Turkish structure operating in the field of social protection, the Turkish Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services, as well as the embassy of the brotherly country in Azerbaijan.The agency also keens to increase the knowledge and skills of medical personnel in the use of medical equipment, as well as improve the quality of medical services in order to strengthen the institution of primary health care, he added.The agency representative noted that the goals of the compulsory health insurance system are to establish health care financing on a new economic basis, ensure access to health services and protect the population from financial risks in this area.In turn, the Head of the Agency's Medical Claims Department, Vugar Gurbanov, said that measures are being taken to create equal access for the population to a package of services, which includes 2550 medical services: “Our goal is to provide the population with high-quality medical services. the experience of a friendly and fraternal country that has achieved great success in this area. "Muhiddin Sahin, head of the strategic development department of the Turkish structure in the field of social protection, said that as a result of health care reforms, Turkey's universal health insurance system is at the forefront of the world.Sahin also stressed that 99.5 percent of the country's population is covered by universal medical insurance. Pakistani military delegation in Azerbaijan on official visit http://www.today.az/news/politics/203931.html Politics Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:28:00 +0400 By TrendA military delegation from Pakistan, led by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan, General Nadeem Raza, arrived in Azerbaijan on an official visit, Trend reports citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry on March 3.During the visit, which will last until March 6, the Pakistani general will hold a number of meetings.