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 Aliyev pays condolences to Erdogan over Baykar company chief's death http://www.today.az/news/politics/211165.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 20:46:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev sent a letter of condolences on October 19 to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the death of Chairman of the Board of Baykar Makina company Ozdemir Bayraktar, Azertag has reported."I was deeply saddened by the news of the death of Ozdemir Bayraktar, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baykar company. I share your grief at these difficult times, wish you and all members of your family patience, and extend my deepest condolences," Aliyev said in his message. Azerbaijani president, Croatian FM mull economic, energy co-op http://www.today.az/news/politics/211166.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 19:47:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has received Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grli? Radman, Azertag reported on October 19.Minister Gordan Grli? Radman extended the Croatian leadership's greetings to the head of state.President Ilham Aliyev thanked for the greetings and asked the minister to extend his greetings to the Croatian leadership.The sides noted that Gordan Grli? Radman’s visit to Azerbaijan provided a good opportunity to exchange views on prospects for bilateral relations, and hailed the development of Azerbaijan-Croatia relations. They pointed out the good potential for expanding economic cooperation, exchanged views on opportunities for tourism cooperation, and discussed cooperation in the field energy, including renewable energy.The Croatian companies’ keenness to be involved in the restoration and reconstruction works of the liberated territories of Azerbaijan was underlined at the meeting.The sides also touched upon the Azerbaijan-EU cooperation, hailing Croatia’s continued support for Azerbaijan in this issue. Azerbaijan demands certain steps from Armenia at UN International Court of Justice http://www.today.az/news/politics/211164.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 18:39:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan demanded Armenia to take such steps so that mine clearance on Azerbaijan's liberated territories would be progressing safely, faster and effectively, Trend reports.This demand was voiced by the representative of Azerbaijan Elnur Mammadov at the UN International Court of Justice on Oct.19 during the consideration of Azerbaijan's claim against Armenia.According to Mammadov, the court must oblige Armenia to fulfill the requirements of Azerbaijan.Mammadov also stressed that the court should oblige Armenia, which mined Azerbaijani territories during the period of occupation, to immediately stop endangering the lives of Azerbaijanis.The representative of the Azerbaijani side said that necessary steps must be taken to cease the activity of organizations working in the Armenian territory, involved in forming racial hatred and incitement to violence against Azerbaijan.“The Armenian side should take measures to preserve evidence of crimes on ethnic grounds against Azerbaijanis, abandon actions that may complicate the proceedings between the two countries,” Mammadov said. Azerbaijani ministry denies rumors about full transition of schools to online lessons http://www.today.az/news/society/211160.html Society Tue, 19 Oct 2021 18:25:00 +0400 By TrendThe “news" spread on social networks on behalf of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Education, regarding the closure of schools, is misinformation, Jasarat Valehov, head of the ministry’s public relations sector, said on Facebook, Trend reports on Oct.19.Valehov made the remark commenting on the information about the alleged full transition of schools in the country to online lessons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, disseminated in social networks on behalf of the ministry.Full-time education in grades I-IV resumed in the Azerbaijani schools from September 22, and in grades V-IX from September 29. Leading chamber orchestra to perform in Baku stage http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211162.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 19 Oct 2021 18:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Kremerata Baltika Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku on November 30.The classical music evening will be held within the framework of the Year of Nizami Ganjavi, one of the most prominent figures of medieval Azerbaijani philosophical poetry.The concert will feature works by Frederic Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Fikrat Amirov, and other outstanding composers.The laureate of international competitions, diploma winner of the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition Georgy Osokin (piano), Honored Artist Elvin Ganiyeva (violin) will perform at the concert under the baton of Honored Artist Fuad Ibrahimov.Founded in 1997, the Kremerata Baltika Chamber Orchestra includes 23 young talented musicians from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.With its performance at the Lockenhause Festival in Austria in 1997, the orchestra immediately won the audience's sympathy.Being one of the famous orchestras in Europe, it has given over one thousand concerts in more than 50 countries and 600 cities.Tickets for the Baku Kremerata Baltika concert can be purchased at the box office of the Heydar Aliyev Center, on the website iTicket.az, and at the ticket offices in Baku.Since October 1, concert halls have reopened in Azerbaijan and their work was allowed, provided that the occupancy rate is no more than 50 percent of the total capacity.The entrance to the concert halls in the country is allowed with COVID passports. National Drama Theater stages Ilyas Afandiyev's work http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211156.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAfter a year and a half break, the State Academic National Drama Theater has opened its doors. Public and cultural figures, including the Culture Minister Anar Karimov attended the event.In his speech, Anar Karimov touched upon the theater art in society and the history of the country. He praised the attention of the state to representatives of culture,  including actors, directors, etc.  The Culture Minister also highlighted the ongoing reforms and congratulated the theater team on the new season.The theater's new season opened with the play "Karabakhname" based on Ilyas Afandiyev's work "The Ruler and His Daughter"."Karabakhname"  tells about Ibrahim Khalil Khan, a ruler of the Karabakh Khanate, who  wanted to tried to establish political and friendly relations with Russia and Iran, but falls victim to the treachery and betrayal of the Armenians.It also tells about the love story of the Khalil Khan's daughter Aghabeyim Agha and the vizier Sadai bekh.People's Artists Kazim Abdullayev, Frangiz Mutallimova, Akhmad Azimov, Haji Ismayilov, Ramiz Melik, Ramiz Novruz, Ali Nurzade, Honored Artists Myasmya Agaverdiyeva, Kazim Hasanguliyev, Elkhan Guliyev, Ramin Shikhaliev, Laman Imanova and many others took part in the production.The artistic director is Honored Artist Ismayil Mammadov, music director-Hamid Kazimzade, costume designer - Aygun Makhmudova, light artist Rafael Hasanov. U.S. agency forecasts stable oil production in Azerbaijan in 2021-22 http://www.today.az/news/business/211155.html Business Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has forecasted a stable level of daily oil production for Azerbaijan for 2021-2022.In its October report, the agency forecasted 740,000 barrels of daily oil production in 2021, and 800,000 barrels of daily oil production in 2022, the same as in the report for September.Moreover, according to the EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook report, the average daily oil production in Azerbaijan was 740,000; 690,000 and 720,000 barrels in the first, second and third quarters of 2021 respectively. Meanwhile, the country's average daily oil production is projected to be 780,000 barrels in the fourth quarter of the current year.The agency also reported that the average daily oil production was at the level of 700,000 barrels in 2020. Thus, the average daily oil production in Azerbaijan was 760,000; 690,000; 660,000 and 690,000 barrels in the first, second, third and fourth quarters of 2020 respectively.Since April 2020, OPEC and non-OPEC countries entered into an agreement on the reduction of daily oil production volume. Earlier, Azerbaijan supported the decision to increase daily crude oil output by 400,000 barrels per month in August-December 2021 and to extend the Declaration of Cooperation until late 2022, with partial adjustments to the base level of oil production from May next year. AccessBank eyes increasing loan portfolio mainly in segment of micro, agricultural ... http://www.today.az/news/business/211154.html Business Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:35:00 +0400 Trend News Agency presents an exclusive interview with the Acting Chairman of the Board of AccessBank Evgeniya Gashikulina.- Are there any changes or expectations in the bank's plans related to the increase in the discount rate by the country's Central Bank?This decision of the Central Bank's monetary policy is aimed at limiting the risk of increased inflation. The increase in the rate, of course, should lead to an increase in the rates on savings products and deposits. But this dependency is not entirely direct. The dependence may change as a result of a short-term situation with liquidity, ambitions of banks for lending and, of course, is limited by the maximum rate on insured deposits. AccessBank projects in its financial forecasts a slight increase in the cost of manat resources, which we will try to compensate without affecting interest rates on loans.- Does the bank consider the possibility of increasing the authorized capital in the near future? If so, how is it planned to be implemented?This issue is part of the annual planning when the bank conducts macroeconomic analysis, determines the prospects and potential for the development of the business environment, and identifies all associated risks. Based on the results of the analysis, and also taking into account the strategic plans and ambitions of the bank, a decision on capital is made. This year, exactly the same process is expected, and towards the end of the year it will be clear whether the capital will be increased.- What are the main plans of the bank for the end of this and the beginning of next year?Our main plan is to build up our loan portfolio mainly in the segment of micro and agricultural entrepreneurs. We also plan to increase the profitability and efficiency of the bank.And of course, one of our constant tasks is to improve customer focus through simplifying processes, developing new skills among our employees and introducing new technologies.- Do you have or plan to create an online bank?It depends on what is meant by an online bank. If the question of the possibility of carrying out the maximum number of banking operations online is being discussed, then of course - yes. We are working very actively in this direction with the support of the Central Bank and the Azerbaijan Banking Association.But if we mean the concept of, say, Neo Bank - that is, a bank that operates absolutely without branches and only in digital format - then this is certainly not about us. Our branch network allows us to optimally serve our clients, providing them with individual advice. We understand that in the future most of the financial transactions will be carried out online, at the same time we will have branches of the bank, where clients can receive personalized service by meeting with their banker “in person”. FM: Azerbaijan to get demining equipment from Slovakia http://www.today.az/news/politics/211153.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:26:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadForeign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has said that Slovakia will deliver demining machines to Azerbaijan in the near future.He made the remarks at the joint press conference with Slovakian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Ivan Korcok, who is on an official visit to Azerbaijan, on October 19.Bayramov noted that the two countries have taken practical steps to demine Azerbaijan’s liberated territories.“The relevant Azerbaijani agency has signed an agreement on the supply of seven demining machines of Slovak production, some of which will be delivered to Azerbaijan in the near future,” he said.Ties with ArmeniaDuring the joint press conference, Bayramov stated that Azerbaijan supports the normalization of relations with Armenia in line with the norms and principles of international law.The minister stated the importance to fulfill the points of the joint statement, stressing that Azerbaijan fulfills all the obligations arising from this statement."The path of revanchism or cooperation is a matter of Armenia's choice. Azerbaijan always responds to positive steps of cooperation. But if any threat arises against our country, an adequate response will be given," he added.Bilateral cooperationThe minister stated that Azerbaijan and Slovakia are planning to sign an agreement on economic cooperation.He noted that with the Slovakian foreign minister, they discussed prospects of bilateral cooperation, cooperation on an international platform, and the potential of ties in the economic field.It was noted that more than 10 agreements on cooperation between the two countries in various fields are currently under consideration.In turn, Korcok emphasized that Slovakia is interested in deepening relations with Azerbaijan. He noted that Azerbaijan is an important partner of Slovakia.“There is a great potential for the cooperation development between Slovakia and Azerbaijan,” he said.Noting that Slovakia has always supported Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, the minister underlined the importance of observing the principle of territorial integrity.Earlier, a meeting in an expanded format was held between the ministers of the two countries. President Ilham Aliyev and Slovakia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister Ivan Korcok discussed cooperation and mutual relations during the meeting on October 19.It should be noted that the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Slovakia amounted to $29 million during the first nine months of 2021. In 2020, the volume of trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $28.4 million. National servicemen accomplish military course in Turkey http://www.today.az/news/politics/211152.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovA graduation ceremony was held for the Azerbaijani servicemen who graduated from Mountain Commando Courses in Turkey's Isparta, the Defence Ministry has reported.An Azerbaijani delegation, including representatives of the Azerbaijani embassy in Ankara, attended the ceremony organized at the Mountain Commando School and Training Center on October 16.Addressing the ceremony, the speakers congratulated the servicemen and wished them success in their future service.The graduates were awarded the certificates for successful completion of the course, the report added.Azerbaijan and Turkey periodically hold joint drills to improve interaction and communication between their army units.Military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey first emerged in 1992, with an agreement signed between the Azerbaijani and Turkish governments on military education and weapon equipment and deals to help strengthen the bond between the two nations.On June 15, the two countries signed a memorandum of alliance that cemented the existing military, political and economic cooperation.The Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations that President Ilham Aliyev and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed during the first official visit to Shusha eight months after Azerbaijan’s victory in the war with Armenia, also focuses on defence cooperation.It affirms joint efforts by the two armies in the face of foreign threats. The declaration also pledges joint efforts for the restructuring and modernization of the armed forces. Moreover, the two nations affirm to encourage the execution of joint projects with the aim of developing capabilities in the field of sea, air, and space.In an interview with Turkey's Anadolu Agency on September 27, President Ilham Aliyev said that the signing of the Shusha Declaration raised bilateral relations to an even higher level. Country registers 2,102 new COVID-19 cases, 863 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/211161.html Society Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 2,102 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on October 19.Some 863 patients have recovered and 15 patient has died in the reported period. So far, 505,554 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 479,675 patients have recovered, 6,793 people have died. Currently, 19,086 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 12,189 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 5,044,744 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far.So far, some 9,226,083 COVID-19 vaccines have been provided to Azerbaijani citizens. The first dose of the vaccine was given to 4,976,945 citizens, and the second one to 4,249,138 citizens. In addition, in the past 24 hours, some 31,060 citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Azerbaijan exports over 20m tons of oil in Jan-Sep 2021 http://www.today.az/news/business/211151.html Business Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:48:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan exported 20.2 million tons of oil worth $9.3 billion in January-September 2021, the State Customs Committee has reported.During the first nine months of the year, Italy was the main oil importer from Azerbaijan, accounting for 9.5 million tons of oil worth $4.3 billion.The top five countries in terms of oil import from Azerbaijan were Italy, Spain (1.2 million tons of oil worth $552.6 million), Croatia (1.1 million tons of oil worth $547.8 million), Israel (1 million tons of oil worth $510.1 million) and India (1.1 million tons of oil worth $496 million).Meanwhile, Azerbaijan exported 411,174 tons of oil worth $176.2 million to Turkey in the first nine months of the year.It should be noted that the share of oil in the total structure of exports amounted to 63.5 percent in January-September 2021.Earlier it was reported that some 20.1 million tons of oil, including condensate, were produced in Azerbaijan in the first seven months of 2021. Since the commissioning of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli and Shah Deniz fields till August 1, 2021, some 569 million tons of oil, including condensate, have been produced, and the same amount of oil, including condensate, exported. Some 537 million tons of crude oil were extracted from ACG, while 32 million tons of condensate from Shah Deniz.  National violinist to perform in Prague http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211140.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:39:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani violist Janel Najafli will perform in Prague on October 21.The concert dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of the Karabakh war will be held at Lucerne Palace.The concert program will feature works of Azerbaijani and European classics.Professor Roman Fedorchuk will also perform at the concert.The event is organized with the support of the Azerbaijani Embassy in the Czech Republic. Admission is free.Janel Najafli is a student of Baku Music Academy and the Czech Conservatory in Pilsen.She is a laureate of international competitions and festivals in Azerbaijan, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Belgium, USA, Turkey and other countries.In 2020, the musician was awarded with  Plzesky Orfeus prize for achievements in music. Experts mull reasons for gas, electricity price hike http://www.today.az/news/society/211158.html Society Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:33:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan has raised prices for electricity and gas, based on the amendments to the country’s Tariff Council’s decree “on the regulation of domestic electricity tariffs”.According to the amendments, the existing differentiation of tariffs for the population (up to 300 and more and 300 kWh) has been changed.Tariffs for the population are set at  8 qapiks / kWh for consumption up to 200 kWh, 9 qapiks / kWh for consumption from 200 kWh to 300 kWh, and 13 qapiks / kWh for consumption over 300 kWh.At the same time, tariffs for consumption of up to 1,200 cubic meters of gas per year have been increased from 10 to 12 qapiks.Various experts briefed on the reasons for gas prices increase in the country.Global gas price hike Azerigaz Director-General Ruslan Aliyev told local media that the reasons for gas prices increase in the country lie in the rise in prices for gas and gas equipment in the international market.“The reasons lie in the rise in prices in the international market. If earlier we bought gas in bulk at AZN 110 ($64), now the price is AZN 118 ($69),” he said.Aliyev also noted that the prices will remain unchanged till late October, and starting from November 1, subscribers will pay 12 qapiks per cubic meter of gas volume up to 1,200 cubic meters. He noted also that for those who use more than 1,200 cubic meters, the prices will not change.Former tariffs failed to cover costsIn an interview with local media, energy expert Ilham Shaban stated that since the previous energy tariffs in the country did not cover the costs, it became necessary to change the prices.He stated that starting from 2016, the State Oil Company annually reported that the cost of gas in the domestic market is lower than the production costs, thus the profitability of gas sales in the domestic market could not be achieved."The power sector is the biggest gas consumer in the Azerbaijani market. Consequently, if Azerkontrakt raises the price, the increase in the price of electricity is understandable. Measures are being taken to eliminate the damage incurred by the state in the process of production and sales of natural gas. As part of these measures, the dependence of the energy supply sector on the state budget is reduced and subsidies are reduced," Shaban noted.Need to re-regulate retail electricity tariffsAzerishig Sales Department's First Deputy Director Vugar Nabibayli told local media that due to the increase in gas tariffs, it became necessary to re-regulate the wholesale and retail electricity tariffs.He stressed that based on the need to expand infrastructure works, as well as to provide the population with uninterrupted electricity, the regulation of electricity tariffs to cover the additional costs, incurred as a result of changes in the prices of natural gas used for energy production, was inevitable.“Natural gas accounts for more than 50 percent of the raw materials used to generate electricity at thermal power plants in Azerbaijan. Therefore, changes in natural gas tariffs cause an increase in electricity prices. The wholesale electricity sale tariff was raised by 0.9 qapiks and set at 6.6 qapiks,” he said.The Baku-based news website Day.az noted that the new change preserves the preferential tariff policy for low-income families. Thus, if the monthly consumption of one person is 50 kWh, and in an average family of four people, it is 200 kWh per month.If a family of four people used to pay AZN 14 for 200 kWh, then the new tariff will be AZN 16.According to statistics, 63 percent of the population consumes up to 200 kWh of electricity per month. This, in turn, says that the price change will not affect low-income families. Azerbaijan to build memorial complex, Victory Park in Fuzuli http://www.today.az/news/politics/211157.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovUrban Planning and Architecture Committee Chairman Anar Guliyev has said that Azerbaijan will build the occupation museum, the memorial complex and the Victory Park in liberated Fuzuli, local media reported on October 18.Guliyev made the remarks while presenting Fuzuli city's master plan to President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva during their visit to the regio on October 17.He said that the memorial complex will be built in the city's central part and the facilities will cover 5 hectares of area in total. The city will also have Flag Square in the highest place in the area.Furthermore, a short film about the plan and future construction was presented.“Mr President, as the video showed, we believe that Flag Square will be built at the highest point of the city and will represent a new symbol of Fuzuli. It will be visible from all sides, especially in the evening with lighting effects,” Guliyev stressed.He added that the museum will have six main halls, each of which will be dedicated to topics of the strategic importance of Fuzuli and Karabakh.Furthermore, fortifications built by the Armenian occupiers will be displayed on the ground floor of the museum.Additionally, there will be a hall dedicated to the strategy of the Azerbaijani military during the liberation of Fuzuli, as well as, a separate exhibition on the post-war view of Fuzuli will be created, Guliyev underlined.A hall describing the current situation and about Azerbaijani martyrs will also be created. The museum will be located in a large park. A Victory Monument dedicated to Azerbaijan’s achievements in the 44-day war with Armenia will also be erected in the park, he said.It should be noted that President Aliyev signed a decree on the allocation of AZN 1,500,000 ($882,353) to the design and construction of the abovementioned facilities in liberated Fuzuli.Moreover, Azerbaijan has started massive construction projects in its lands liberated from Armenia's 30-year occupation in late 2020.The enormous road construction on the country's liberated lands started right after the last year's war.In all, Azerbaijan allocated AZN 2.2bn ($1.3bn) for the reconstruction of the liberated territories in 2021. In particular, these funds will be used to restore the infrastructure (electricity, gas, water, communications, roads, education, health, etc), as well as cultural and historical monuments.Azerbaijan liberated 300 city centers, settlements, villages, and historic Shusha city in the war. The Russian-brokered peace deal signed by Baku and Yerevan also stipulated the return of Kalbajar, Lachin, and Aghdam regions occupied by the Armenian forces in the early 1990s. Azerbaijan holds drills in liberated Lachin [VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211148.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijan holds command and staff drills in its liberated Lachin region, the Defence Ministry reported on October 19.The drills are being conducted under the 2021 land forces training plan on the area, map and a model of the area with the use of communications means, the report added.The exercises aim to examine the interaction of the land forces with other types of troops through modern management techniques.The ministry said in another report that Azerbaijan’s special forces started tactical and special drills on October 14.The drills involving the special forces units and subunits are conducted under the 2021 combat readiness plan approved by Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov, the ministry said.Lachin, which was occupied by Armenia in the early 1990s, was liberated in last year's war.The Russian-brokered trilateral peace deal signed by Baku, Yerevan and Moscow on November 10, 2020, ended the war and stipulated the return of Kalbajar, Lachin and Aghdam regions.On September 6, Azerbaijan and Turkey held joint drills in Lachin region under a military cooperation agreement between the two countries.The joint drills aimed to improve interaction and combat coordination between the servicemen during operations, as well as to develop commanders' military decision-making and unit management skills.On September 8, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva said that the Azerbaijani-Turkish joint drills in Lachin region serve the regional peace and stability.</p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><br /></p> </body> </html> Some 50 apartments given to war-affected citizens http://www.today.az/news/society/211150.html Society Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s Labor and Social Protection of Population Ministry has provided 50 more apartments to another group of martyrs' families and disabled war veterans.The apartments are in a residential complex in Absheron region, Baku's Ramana and Khojahasan settlement.About 11,000 martyrs' families and disabled war veterans were already provided with apartments and individual houses by the ministry. Under the presidential decree, 20,000 more apartments and private houses will be given to these categories of citizens in 2021-2025. Some 3,000 apartments and private houses will be given to martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans under the presidential instructions in 2021. This means the number of houses and apartments provided to the martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans will be doubled in 2021, compared to 2020.So far, 1,750 apartments were provided to these categories of citizens in 2021.The ministry takes consistent measures to socially support the martyrs' families, war veterans, and war-affected civilians. In the post-war period after November 2020, those social support measures already covered 30,000 citizens of these categories. In addition, the ministry involved over 7,000 citizens, including members of the martyrs' families in an employment program in the post-war period.Azerbaijan has allocated over AZN 9 million ($5m) to compensate damages to its citizens who suffered from Armenia's aggression during the six-week war over Azerbaijan's Karabakh region. Azerbaijan, NATO mull regional security, cooperation http://www.today.az/news/politics/211147.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijan's senior officials have discussed regional security and cooperation with NATO's Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Javier Colomina Piriz as a part of his visit to Azerbaijan on October 18.Defence cooperationA meeting between Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov and Javier Colomina Piriz focused on Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation, the ministry reported on October 18.Hasanov hailed the current state of Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation and noted the positive results achieved in this sphere. He stressed the importance of developing mutual relations further.The minister spoke about the Azerbaijan army's operations on the liberated territories after the victory over Armenia in the 44-day war in 2020. He briefed the NATO official about the current situation on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border.In turn, Piriz mentioned NATO’s readiness to provide relevant support to ensure peace in the region.The two men touched on the post-war situation and discussed other issues of mutual interest.Azerbaijan-NATO partnershipAzerbaijan-NATO partnership and cooperation topped the agenda of the meeting between Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Javier Colomina Piriz, the Foreign Ministry reported on October 18.Bayramov mentioned Azerbaijan’s role in peacekeeping operations and stressed that Azerbaijan and NATO share the same values in ensuring international security. He described Azerbaijan as a reliable NATO partner.The minister stressed that Azerbaijan highly appreciates joint statements adopted at NATO summits on the settlement of the former Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, which support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of partner countries.Bayramov briefed the guest on the latest regional situation, including the policy pursued by Armenia for decades to destroy Azerbaijan’s historical, cultural and religious heritage, as well as illegal activities and their consequences in the country’s liberated territories.He provided detailed information on the reconstruction launched by Azerbaijan in Karabakh and steps to demine the liberated lands and implement trilateral statements signed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia in November 2020.Bayramov stressed that Azerbaijan is ready to normalize relations with Armenia under international law principles by eliminating the factor of occupation of Azerbaijani territories.In turn, Piriz described his discussions with Azerbaijan during the regional visit as very useful in terms of obtaining detailed information on the current regional situation.He highlighted the Azerbaijani peacekeepers' activities along with Turkish forces in Afghanistan, especially their operations to evacuate citizens from the Kabul airport. The special envoy expressed gratitude on behalf of the Allies. He noted that NATO supports the normalization of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations.The sides also exchanged views on the NATO-Azerbaijan partnership agenda, as well as future prospects.The country's relations with NATO started in 1992 when Azerbaijan joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council. This forum for dialogue was succeeded in 1997 by the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, which brings together all Allies and partner countries in the Euro-Atlantic area.Bilateral cooperation began when Azerbaijan joined the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme in 1994. Thanks to regular participation in PfP activities, Azerbaijan has been able to contribute actively to Euro-Atlantic security by supporting NATO-led peace-support operations.Azerbaijan’s participation in the PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP) since 1997 has allowed NATO and individual Allies to assist Azerbaijan in developing selected units to improve interoperability with those of the Allies.NATO and Azerbaijan started work on a jointly agreed Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) in 2008 to integrate NATO standards into the teaching methodologies and curricula of the country’s Professional Military Education (PME) institutions.In 2018, Azerbaijan asked NATO to also involve the Military High School, a pre-commissioning school, in DEEP.Cooperative activities, reform plans and political dialogue processes are detailed in Azerbaijan’s Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), which is jointly agreed upon. Joint press conference of Azerbaijani and Slovak FMs held in Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/211149.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 14:33:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Ivan Korczak are holding a joint press conference in Baku, Trend reports.Earlier it was reported that a meeting in an expanded format was held between the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries.Previously, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Ivan Korczak, who is on a visit to Azerbaijan, on October 19.Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Ivan Korczak are holding a joint press conference in Baku, Trend reports. Earlier it was reported that a meeting in an expanded format was held between the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries. Previously, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Ivan Korczak, who is on a visit to Azerbaijan, on October 19.  Karabakh’s rivers must be cleaned up before return of population – Azerbaijani deputy minister http://www.today.az/news/politics/211145.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 14:12:00 +0400 By TrendKarabakh’s rivers must be cleaned to ensure access to water sources before the return of the population, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, Vugar Kerimov told Trend.According to the minister, in addition to Okhchuchay, a number of other transboundary rivers are also polluted."The issue of pollution of transboundary rivers by Armenia is on the agenda," Kerimov said.Kerimov stressed that the goal is to completely stop the pollution of these rivers."At the end of last year, no one responded to our appeal in connection with the Okhchuchay River. However, with the support of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, and experts, we managed to foreground this issue. We succeeded in transferring this issue to the diplomatic plane. In addition to Okhchuchay, a number of other transboundary rivers are also polluted," Kerimov said.According to the deputy minister, the damage from river pollution has already been calculated, and the relevant structures have been informed about this. Iran's ministry shares financial data on backing its industrial, mining enterprises http://www.today.az/news/regions/211135.html World news Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:49:00 +0400 By TrendSome 1,525 industrial and mining enterprises in Iran received loans worth 76 trillion rials (about $1.81 billion) during the first five months of the current Iranian year (March 21 through August 22, 2021), said the report of Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade obtained by Trend.According to the report, the loans were issued by the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade of Iran for financial support (to continue activity of enterprises, pay salaries, etc.) and to increase manufacturing (construction of new facilities, increase activity of enterprises).Thus, Iran has provided loans worth 24.4 trillion rials (about $581 million) in the form of financial support to industrial and mining enterprises during the mentioned period.In addition, Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade has provided loans worth 51.6 trillion rials (about $1.23 billion) to increase manufacturing of 1,387 industrial and mining enterprises in the country.These loans were provided to enterprises both as fixed capital and working capital.Over five months, 1,030 industrial and mining enterprises in Iran have received loans worth 37 trillion rials (about $882 million), said the report.So, Iran has provided loans worth 2.32 trillion rials (about $55.1 million) to 144 industrial and mining enterprises as fixed capital, and worth 34.7 trillion rials (about $826 million) to 886 industrial and mining enterprises as working capital in 5 months."Moreover, 38.9 trillion rials (about $928 million) worth of loans were issued to 495 industrial and mining enterprises in the country's industrial parks," said the report.Iran has provided loans worth 2.6 trillion rials (about $62.2 million) to 62 industrial enterprises as fixed capital and worth 36.3 trillion rials (about $866 million) to 433 industrial and mining enterprises as working capital in the industrial parks.Iranian banks issued loans worth about 9 quadrillion rials (about $214 billion) in various economic sectors in the country during the first five months of the current Iranian year (from March 21 through August 22, 2021).In the same period of the Iranian year the figure stood at 3.05 quadrillion rials (about $72.7 billion).The banks issued 620 trillion rials (about $14.8 billion) worth of loans in the agricultural sector in the mentioned period. Moreover, the banks issued loans worth 2.75 quadrillion rials (about $65.6 billion) in Iran's industrial and mining sectors over the mentioned five months. Fidan Huseynova wins prize at Zhara Kids Music Awards http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211141.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan's young talent Fidan Huseynova has won prize at Zhara Kids Music Awards. The singer was awarded in the category " Song of the Year".The 2021 Zhara Kids Awards ceremony took place at Vegas City Hall in Moscow.During the awarding ceremony, Fidan Huseynova performed her song Bubble Gum. She was  accompanied by the Top Star dance group.For young singer,  it was very exciting to walk on the red carpet within  Zhara Kids Music Awards.Her performance was well received by the audience with rounds of thunderous applause.Fidan Huseynova became the first at the Testene Art Baku International Art Festival in the vocal category among performers 9-12 years old in 2017. Last year, Fidan participated in several projects, including the song "Say Hallelujah" in a duet with Elnur Huseynov.She gained popularity after the Baku concert of Lara Fabian, the girl entered the stage of the Heydar Aliyev Palace and sang the legendary song Je t'aime with her.Fidan was awarded a scholarship, and her name was added to the Golden Book of Young Talents by order of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in 2016. She also performed abroad in 2018: she traveled to Vienna and Italy.In Italy, Fidan performed at the Festival in San Remo, where she took 3rd place.In November 2018, Fidan Huseynova represented Azerbaijan at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song  "I wanna be like you".Zhara Kids Music Awards has been held in Moscow since 2020.The music event  gathers young talents  who share  the same stage with famous artists such as Emin Agalarov, Jasmine, Slava and many others.Meanwhile, Zhara Music Festival will be held at Sea Breeze resort next summer.The audience will enjoy five days of a varied concert program with participation of world-famous singers on July 27-31, 2022. Turkish singers will also perform at the festival in Baku. Many famous singers and bands like Chingiz Mustafayev, Monatik, Philipp Kirkorov, A’Studio, Vera Brezhneva, Bosson, Rita Dakota, Dmitry Matatov, Glyuk’oza, Nikolay Baskov, Kristina Orbakaite, Burito, Aleksandr Panayotov, Ani Lorak and others took part in the festival's previous editions.  Azerbaijan, Qatar agree to introduce visa-free regime http://www.today.az/news/politics/211144.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:21:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Orkhan AmashovAzerbaijan and Qatar have signed an agreement on the mutual abolition of visa requirements for persons holding general civil passports.The agreement was signed in Baku by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani within the framework of the latter’s official visit to Azerbaijan on October 18.Visa-free regime“An agreement was signed on the mutual abolition of visas for persons with general civil passports between the governments of Azerbaijan and Qatar,” Bayramov said at a joint news conference.The measure in question is of considerable significance, as it is going to provide an immeasurable impetus for the development of bilateral relations.The foreign minister added that cooperation in a number of areas, including tourism, was discussed with the Qatari counterpart."There were also productive discussions on regional security issues,” he added.Further, Bayramov said that the possible involvement of Qatari companies in rebuilding Azerbaijan's liberated lands had been amongst the issues discussed with al-Thani.Although it is the Azerbaijani government’s firm stance to rehabilitate Karabakh by means of local resources, as was stated by Hikmat Hajiyev during the recent visit of diplomats and journalists to Tartar region, as it could be understood, this position does not militate against the contribution from external investors. In addition, the issues pertaining to tourism and regional security were deliberated upon.Qatar, which has been cooperating with Azerbaijan since September 1994, was one of the first countries to express support for Azerbaijan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity amid bloody clashes going in and around Karabakh from late September to early November.Baku highly appreciates Qatar's position over its support for Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty. Azerbaijani officials believe that the fact that Qatar has always stood by Azerbaijan at international organizations, particularly the UN and OIC, in the adoption of resolutions demanding an end to Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijan's lands demonstrate that the two countries' political and economic relations are developing successfully and that the foundation for deeper cooperation in the future has been established.Normalization of ties with ArmeniaDuring the joint press conference with al-Thani, Bayramov reiterated some of the most crucial points underpinning Azerbaijan’s approach in relation to the normalization of its relations with Armenia in the context of the post-conflict situation.“It would be better if the process of delimitation and demarcation of the internationally recognized borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan starts soon,” the Azerbaijani top diplomat stressed.He added that it requires close Armenian participation, in other words, Armenia has to take some positive steps which they have regrettably not taken yet."Azerbaijan comes out with a constructive position on this issue. But we do not see any effective steps from the Armenian side,” he said.Mine mapsThe minister also mentioned that Armenia's refusal to provide minefield maps impedes the reconstruction in the liberated region as a result of which innocent Azerbaijani citizens had been killed and wounded.Regrettably, the preponderant part of the maps provided does not reflect the reality on the ground, as they are not authentic and therefore of very little use, if any, in demining the newly liberated territories.Bayramov stressed the vital importance of the opening of communication routes as envisaged in the trilateral statement signed on 10 November 2020.Due to the lack of any effective steps from Armenia, no concrete results have yet emerged which, as the minister said is “very regrettable”.The Azerbaijani foreign minister also reflected on the futility of the revanchist calls that some forces within Armenia have been making.He called on everybody to recognize that all issues are to be sorted out through the implementation of the mutually agreed documents, for only such an approach can provide a path to stability and safety.“Only through the implementation of the signed documents we can achieve stability in the region and ensure the safety of people,” Bayramov said.Over 160 Azerbaijanis have been killed or injured in the explosion of mines planted by Armenians in Azerbaijan’s formerly occupied regions since the end of the war in autumn 2020 that saw Azerbaijan liberate most of its territories in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region.On June 12, Azerbaijan handed over 15 Armenian prisoners in exchange for a map detailing the location of 97,000 mines in formerly-occupied Aghdam.On July 3, Armenia submitted to Azerbaijan maps of about 92,000 anti-tank and anti-personnel mines planted during the occupation of Fuzuli and Zangilan regions.In his interview to CNN Turk channel on August 14, President Ilham Aliyev said that the accuracy of the maps provided by Armenia at the latest stage is only 25 percent.The scale of destruction in Azerbaijan’s formerly occupied territories suggests deep hatred and animosity against Azerbaijanis, with many experts describing these mass destructions as genocide.Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed the second war 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 centers, 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's flag illuminated on TV tower in Georgia http://www.today.az/news/politics/211131.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:10:00 +0400 By TrendThe TV tower in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, was illuminated in the colors of the Azerbaijani flag, Trend reports.This was done on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the restoration of Azerbaijan's independence.October 18 is the Day of Restoration of Azerbaijan's Independence. President receives EU Special Representative [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211143.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 12:38:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received EU Special Representative Toivo Klaar on October 19.They discussed prospects for the development of Azerbaijan-EU cooperation. It was noted that the EU attaches importance to the development of cooperation with Azerbaijan and that Azerbaijan is a reliable partner for the EU.Pointing to the visit of President of the European Council Charles Michel to Azerbaijan this July, the sides noted that the meeting between President Ilham Aliyev and Charles Michel made an important contribution to the development of Azerbaijan-EU relations.The European Union’s readiness to contribute to strengthening stability and peace and creating an environment of trust in the region was emphasized at the meeting.They also exchanged views on the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit. Azerbaijani president, Slovakian FM mull cooperation [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211142.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 12:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovPresident Ilham Aliyev and Slovakia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister Ivan Korcok have discussed cooperation and mutual relations, Azertag reported on October 19.The sides hailed the development of bilateral ties, highlighting the importance of political contacts and the reciprocal visits between the two countries.Korcok described Azerbaijan as a country with good opportunities for economic cooperation, saying that Slovakia attaches great importance to efforts to develop bilateral economic relations.He stressed the importance of improving the legal basis for expanding economic cooperation.Furthermore, Korcok expressed the Slovak companies’ interest in being closely involved in construction and renovation projects in Azerbaijan's liberated lands.He reminded that Slovakia supports Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in line with the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty of states in international law.Aliyev and Korcok focused on future cooperation and bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union as well.Meanwhile, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov also received his Slovakian counterpart Ivan Korcok, the Foreign Ministry reported on its Twitter account.The sides held a press conference following the expanded meeting between the ministers. Excerpts from world famous operettas shown in Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211139.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 19 Oct 2021 12:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe 2nd Azerbaijan International Festival of Vocalists is underway in Baku.As part of the festival, Honored Artists Shovgi Huseynov, Nargiz Kerimova, Saida Sharifaliyeva  brilliantly performed excerpts from world famous operettas.The appearance on the same stage of Silva, the main character of the Emmerich Kalman operetta and Mashadi Ibad from Uzeyir Hajibayli's musical comedy "If Not That One, Then This One" delighted the audience.The 2nd Azerbaijan International Festival of Vocalists will last until October 20.The Festival of Vocalists aims to develop and promote classical music in Azerbaijan. The project also focuses on the formation of good musical taste among young people. The author of the project idea and artistic director is Honored Artist Ramil Gasimov.The project is organized by the Heydar Aliyev Palace with the Culture Ministry's support.During the festival, famous Azerbaijani and foreign vocalists, including young talents, perform masterpieces of the Azerbaijani and world classics, accompanied by the country's leading musical groups.The Heydar Aliyev Palace, the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, the Azerbaijan State Academic Musical Theater, the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall, the International Mugham Center, the Azerbaijani National Conservatory, Baku Musical Academy, and the Ganja State Philharmonic Society host numerous concerts, master classes, presentations, scientific and practical conferences, and other events.Media partners of the event are Azernews.az, Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az. Azerbaijan exports gas worth $1.4bn to Europe http://www.today.az/news/business/211138.html Business Tue, 19 Oct 2021 12:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan exported 4.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas worth $1.4 billion to Europe in the first nine months of 2021, the State Customs Committee has reported.Of the total volume of exported natural gas, Italy accounted for 3.9 billion cubic meters worth $1.2 billion. Some 501.7 million cubic meters of natural gas worth $163.7 million were exported to Greece and 166 million cubic meters worth $25.5 million to Bulgaria.It should be noted that during the reported period, Azerbaijan exported a total of 14.9 billion cubic meters of natural gas worth $2.9 billion.Moreover, Turkey accounted for 7.8 billion cubic meters of the total volume of exported natural gas, worth $1.2 billion.In the meantime, 2.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas worth $280.9 million were exported to Georgia and 169.3 million cubic meters of natural gas worth $6.4 million to Iran in January-September 2021.Azerbaijan started commercial gas supplies to Europe through the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on December 31, 2020. Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov earlier said that the TAP, as another energy link connecting Azerbaijan with Europe, will strengthen Azerbaijan's strategic role in energy security, cooperation and sustainable development.The pipeline is supplied by natural gas from the second stage of Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz gas field development in the Azerbaijani section of the Caspian Sea through the South Caucasus Pipeline and Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP). The initial capacity of the pipeline is about 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, with the option to expand the capacity up to 20 billion cubic meters.The Southern Gas Corridor is an initiative of the European Commission for a natural gas supply route from Caspian and Middle Eastern regions to Europe. The route from Azerbaijan to Europe consists of the South Caucasus Pipeline, the TANAP and TAP. Turkey's Presidential Administration congratulates Azerbaijan on Independence Restoration Day http://www.today.az/news/politics/211134.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:53:00 +0400 By TrendHead of the Public Relations Department of the Presidential Administration of Turkey, Fahrettin Altun, congratulated Azerbaijan on the occasion of October 18, the Day of the Restoration of Independence in a tweet, Trend reports."I congratulate Azerbaijan on the Day of Restoration of Independence. Turkey will continue to strengthen ties on the basis of the principle of ‘one nation - two states'," the publication says. Death accident takes place during construction of road in Azerbaijan's Kalbajar http://www.today.az/news/society/211146.html Society Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:51:00 +0400 By TrendAn accident occurred during the construction of the road in Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar, as a result of which one person died, Trend reports on Oct.19 citing the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan.According to the press service, the Kalbajar District Prosecutor's Office received information that during the construction of a road in the village of Zar, rock fragments fell on an excavator owned by the North West Construction company. As a result, the vehicle’s driver, a resident of the Kurdamir district, Bahruz Jabrayilov, died.An investigation is underway. Israel congratulates Azerbaijan on Independence Restoration Day http://www.today.az/news/politics/211133.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:34:00 +0400 By TrendThe official Twitter page of the State of Israel posted a publication in connection with the Day of Restoration of Azerbaijan's Independence.Trend presents this publication: Turkish President congratulates Azerbaijan on Independence Restoration Day http://www.today.az/news/politics/211132.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:12:00 +0400 By TrendTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulates Azerbaijan on the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence, Turkish President wrote on his Twitter page, Trend reports."I sincerely congratulate Azerbaijan, well-being of which is our well-being, joy is our joy, freedom is our freedom, fate is our fate, grief is our grief, Happy Independence Restoration Day on October 18," he wrote.Turkish President added to publication a photo with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Presidential aide: Grand reconstruction set in motion unique http://www.today.az/news/politics/211136.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:08:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Orkhan Amashov Presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev has said that the grand reconstruction, which Azerbaijan has launched on its territories liberated from Armenia's occupation in last year's war, is peculiarly unique in several respects. He made the remarks as part of his visit to Tartar region's liberated Talish and Sugovushan villages along with foreign ambassador and local reporters on October 16.The grand reconstruction which Azerbaijan has launched is peculiarly unique in several respects. No country around the globe has made an attempt to carry out such a post-conflict reconstruction process over the past 25-30 years, he said.Members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Baku and local journalists visited Talish and Sugovushan under Hajiyev's leadership.The trip which was the seventh in less than a year did highlight some of the most pressing issues pertaining to the fate of Azerbaijan's newly liberated territories.“During the first trips to the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, we saw the destruction inflicted on them by Armenia during the almost 30-year occupation; now we view the restoration work carried out by Azerbaijan within a short time,” Hajiyev said.The scale of destruction and plundering is incredibly massive, as everything humanly conceivable was razed to the ground; therefore, there is a gargantuan task ahead in terms of revitalizing the shattered region, the presidential aide stressed.The sheer massiveness of the mission could hardly be overestimated. The government has so far allocated $1.5 billion for rebuilding Karabakh in 2021, and the core part of the money will be used for the restoration of basic infrastructure (electricity, gas, water, communications, roads, education, health, etc), as well as cultural and historical monuments. It is also noteworthy that Azerbaijan aims to employ only local financial, administrative and management resources.The grand vision is set out in four stages. Initially, governance and security issues must be settled, and then basic fundamentals of infrastructure are to be laid down. These steps will be followed by the solution of the issues related to social services as well as economic rebuilding and development.The grand reconstruction is not merely impressive by virtue of its scale, but also due to the application of the most advanced technologies. Azerbaijan’s vision of Karabakh entails building smart cities and green infrastructure.Commenting on this, Turkish ambassador Jahit (Cahit) Bagchi, who was amongst the visitors, paid special attention to the high-tech aspect of the process."In the near future, Karabakh will also be famous for its smart cities and agricultural products. Mulberry trees grow in the region. The silk of the highest quality in the world will be produced here," he added.As for the normalization of Azerbaijani-Armenian relations, Hikmat Hajiyev said that the Azerbaijani president’s stance on the issue, as stated in the recent meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State, is abundantly clear.Azerbaijan is ready for a comprehensive peace treaty, the delimitation and demarcation of borders and the solution of other problems, provided Armenia takes positive steps and both nations recognize each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said.The presidential aide that the opening of routes of communications in line with the trilateral statement, signed by Baku, Moscow and Yerevan on 10 November 2020, is currently discussed at the level of prime ministers of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia. Azerbaijan's foreign trade surplus hits $6.2bn http://www.today.az/news/business/211137.html Business Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:51:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s foreign trade surplus amounted to $6.2 billion in January-September 2021, the State Customs Committee has reported.During the first nine months of the year, the country's trade turnover amounted to $22.9 billion. Of the total turnover, export amounted to $14.6 billion or 63.6 percent, while import was $8.3 billion or 36.3 percent, resulting in a surplus of $6.2 billion.Moreover, legal entities and individual entrepreneurs in the country carried out trade operations with partners in 182 countries.In terms of export, the EU countries accounted for $8 billion or 54.7 percent, the CIS countries for $1.2 billion or 8.5 percent and other countries for $5.3 billion or 36.7 percent of the country's total export. As to the import, the CIS countries accounted for $1.9 billion or 23.8 percent, the EU countries accounted for $1.6 billion or 19.3 percent and other countries for $4.7 billion for 56.7 percent of the country's imports during the reported period.Furthermore, 550,008 tons of cargo worth $483.3 million were transported by sea, 5 million tons worth $2.2 billion by railway, and 3.3 million tons worth $6.6 billion of cargo by car. Some 25,793 tons of cargo worth $1 billion were transported by air in January-September.In the structure of exports, the main volume came from products of the oil and gas sector with 87.6 percent, while the non-oil and gas sector amounted to 12.3 percent of the total export volume.Additionally, during the reported months, Azerbaijan's main export transactions were with Italy ($5.6 billion), Turkey ($1.9 billion),  Russia ($613.7 million), Spain ($558.2 million) and Croatia ($547.8 million).Azerbaijan's main import transactions during the first nine months of the year were with Russia with $1.4 billion, Turkey with $1.3 billion, China with $1.1 billion, Germany with $485.1 million, and the U.S. with $336.8 million. Formula 1 reveals calendar for next season http://www.today.az/news/sports/211130.html Sports Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaFormula 1 has revealed the calendar for the 2022 season. The season is expected to start in Bahrain on March 20 and finish in Abu Dhabi on November 20.Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be held on June 10-12.The 2021 F1 Grand Prix Azerbaijan was held in Baku for the fifth time on June 4-6.Sergio Perez from the Red Bull Racing won the Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) and Pierre Gasly (Scuderia AlphaTauri) ranked second and third respectively.The race was held without spectators and concert programmes amid the coronavirus pandemic. F1 racing will be held in Azerbaijan until 2024. The European Grand Prix (also known as the Grand Prix of Europe) was a Formula One event that was introduced during the mid-1980s and was held every year from 1993 to 2012, except in 1998. During these years (except in 2007), the European Grand Prix was held in a country that hosted its own national Grand Prix at a different point in the same season, at a different circuit.The race returned as a one-off in 2016, being held on a street circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan; this event was renamed to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017. Chronicles of Victory: President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by Russian TASS news agency on ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211129.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:15:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has given a video interview to the Russian TASS news agency on October 19, 2020.Trend presents the video interview.- Good afternoon. We are in Baku today to meet with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. My name is Yulia Sharifulina and, on behalf of TASS, I will ask the President several questions on the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.- Hello, Mr. President.- Hello.- Thank you for agreeing to receive us. I understand that you have recently given several interviews to the media but the situation is changing fast and we observe it literally every day. We would like, of course, to dwell more on some basic issues, which, perhaps, are beyond time and which will help our audience to better understand the position of your country. We all witnessed the 11-hour negotiating marathon in Moscow. Do you think it is still possible to return to the fulfillment of the achieved peace or has it failed completely?- We remain true to the commitments within the framework of contacts with our partners. From the very beginning and in the process of negotiations on the settlement of the conflict, we have always relied on international law, on our adherence to the resolution of the conflict by peaceful means, including the commitments Azerbaijan took upon itself after the talks in Moscow, which we aspired to and were going to implement. Unfortunately, Armenia flagrantly violated the ceasefire. Less than 24 hours after the talks, the city of Ganja was attacked. Residential areas of the sleeping city of Ganja were targeted deliberately. After the first attack – and there were two of them – the death toll was very high. In other words, Armenia violated the ceasefire in a defiant manner. Thus, it demonstrated disrespect for mediators, disrespect for the commitments it had assumed after such long negotiations in Moscow. Prior to that, after the terms of the ceasefire for the exchange of bodies, prisoners and hostages had been agreed, Armenia had also violated the ceasefire on the battlefield. However, this seemed insufficient for them and they attacked the city of Ganja. In fact, two days ago, they did the same and again at night. This is a very heinous crime. This is international terrorism. The unanimous condemnation of this bloody crime by the world community means that they will not get away with it. The UN Secretary General, the European Union and many countries at the national level have condemned this act of international terrorism.It is not our fault that the situation is still in the hot phase. I have repeatedly said that Azerbaijan is committed to the principles of settlement. These principles have been developed over the many years of negotiations. I have confirmed in my speeches and in recent contacts with the media that if Armenia acts constructively in the process of negotiations, we are ready to suspend military operations as early as tomorrow. However, the statements we have been hearing from Yerevan completely contradict the fundamental principles developed by the OSCE Minsk Group. The Armenian leadership has recently made very dangerous statements that effectively refute the fundamental principles. In principle, all the activities of Armenia’s new leadership are aimed at disrupting the process of negotiations. Not to undermine this process, but to disrupt it. I have already talked about their numerous statements, provocative actions and attacks on Azerbaijan’s civilian population. Therefore, if the Armenian side finally realizes that the path of military provocations leads them to disaster, we are ready to suspend military operations and resolve the issue at the negotiating table.- Would your country agree to the need for an urgent military meeting, as Russia says? If so, what format and with the participation of what parties could this meeting be held?- You know, the political will of the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan is paramount here. There is political will on our side. I confirm our position again today. And I confirm it when we have announced the liberation of 13 more settlements in the occupied territories, when the Armenian army is essentially suffering a defeat, when Azerbaijan demonstrates its advantage on the battleground. Nevertheless, not wishing to continue the bloodshed and wishing to save people’s lives, we are ready to resolve this issue by political means.With regard to military-to-military contacts, the fundamental principles explicitly define this, and we are committed to the fundamental principles I have already mentioned. I think there is no point in repeating – it is the return of the territories occupied by the Armenian side, negotiations on the future of Nagorno-Karabakh, the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their places of origin, including Nagorno-Karabakh, Shusha. All of this is written in fundamental principles, and the Armenian side agreed to all of this at different stages. Therefore, the question you have just asked is covered in the fundamental principles at the end of the agreement – when all the issues related to de-occupation have been settled, the presence of foreign peacekeeping forces is envisaged. But since the key issues requiring settlement were not agreed on, the parties did not approach this issue. Therefore, there was no clear understanding of who these forces would consist of, what international organizations and what countries would be represented there. Therefore, all this has not been discussed. One thing was clear: the composition and location of these peacekeeping forces should be agreed upon by Azerbaijan and Armenia. This has not been defined either. Therefore, there is no line of contact today, the status quo has been removed, we removed it ourselves and did it within the framework of statements by the presidents of Russia, the United States and France, the repeated statements by the heads of state that the status quo was unacceptable. We were hearing these statements but did not see their implementation. Therefore, we implemented it ourselves. So there is no status quo and there is no line of contact. How can some military observers be deployed there technically and where exactly can they be deployed? After all, the situation on the battlefield changes every day. So there will be some foreign observers but where will they stand – on mountains, in valleys, on bridges? So all this requires a very detailed study. This is also a huge risk for those who deem it necessary to send their military contingent there. So all this must be agreed upon: composition, mandate, timing, goals. Of course, all of this should be done within the framework of the fundamental principles, which, as I said, are accepted by us and rejected by the Armenian side.- But if the situation does require it, will your country agree to the introduction of Russian military observers? And if not Russian, what other countries could take part in this mission and what countries would you strongly object to?- You know, Russia, like the United States and France, is a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, and within the framework of this mandate, the countries have very close interaction with each other. During the hot phase of the conflict, I observe both in the Western and Russian media that the Nagorno-Karabakh issue is probably the only issue where there are no disagreements between these countries. And perhaps this is actually the case. Wherever we look, there are sanctions, confrontations, claims, etc., and they are also mutual. Therefore, of course, I am sure that this issue should be agreed upon within the framework of the co-chairmanship format among these countries and, after it is agreed upon, it should be presented to the parties. So it was all stated in the fundamental principles. After all, it is not us who should determine who the peacekeepers, or observers, as they prefer to be called now, will be. This will be a proposal from the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, and Azerbaijan and Armenia, for their part, can either veto this or that country or agree to it. Therefore, I do not think that a unilateral decision would correspond to the spirit of cooperation among the three co-chairing countries in determining any kind of military contingent. And most importantly – where? This is the question. The point is not whether Azerbaijan would or would not agree. We need to know the mandate: who is the sponsor, what are the functions, location and activities? Are they going to stand on the mountains or in an open field and watch who shoots first? This is dangerous in the first place. Secondly, the way it is described to us, they will be there to observe who breaks the truce. But even if they determine who breaks the truce, what next? Will these people be held accountable? Will there be criminal cases?Therefore, first of all, it is necessary to determine the order for the implementation of fundamental principles. The Armenian side through its prime minister must clearly reaffirm its commitment. However, the Armenian side represented by the prime minister talks about everything but this. Within the framework of our parallel contacts with representatives of the Russian media, I clearly stated that we are committed to the fundamental principles that imply de-occupation, joint residence of the Armenian and Azerbaijani population in their places of residence, the return of Azerbaijanis to Shusha and other settlements of the former Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region. The Armenian prime minister only spoke about self-determination. So if he does not accept this and makes statements like the one he made earlier, saying that "Karabakh is Armenia, full stop", as well as other counterproductive statements that essentially disrupted the process of negotiations, then are we being offered? To return to the status quo which lasted 30 years and did not yield any results? If the Armenian side says that they recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, secondly, they are committed to the fundamental principles, thirdly, they agree to the withdrawal of troops from the occupied territories, then we can discuss the issue of observers. I think it can be agreed on quite quickly. But when this is not the case, what we are being offered? To stop? Not to continue the de-occupation of our territories? We are offered to make a concession to Armenia, a unilateral concession, while nothing is being offered in return. This is not fair. I believe that this is a wrong approach in relation to Azerbaijan. Let the Armenian side say, let the prime minister of Armenia, who loves to talk a lot and what he says often costs his country dearly, say: yes, there will be de-occupation, there will be withdrawal. I also suggested that they should provide a timetable for the withdrawal from the occupied territories. But then, realizing that it was technically impossible to do this within the framework of one-day negotiations in Moscow, we moved away from this position. Nevertheless, we did not hear the Armenian side say that it was ready to withdraw troops from the occupied territories. As soon as this happens, the issue of the so-called observers can be considered.- If we talk about consistency in principle, would Azerbaijan agree to start a settlement with a phased transfer of seven districts to Azerbaijan, but keeping the Lachin corridor with Armenia until the final status of Karabakh is determined?- You know, all this is stated in fundamental principles, and we have accepted it. Our position has always been very constructive, we have always said that yes, we proceed from the understanding that there should be contacts between people, and the Lachin corridor is a part of fundamental principles. At the same time, the fundamental principles also state that all communications are to be opened. This includes not only the Lachin corridor but also the communications between the main part of Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan, and the Armenian side is to provide security guarantees for this corridor. Communications on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan are to be opened. It was also envisaged that Armenia would have unhindered ground access to the territory of the Russian Federation, which it is not without now but it would be much more convenient to do this through Azerbaijan. In this case, it would not depend on weather conditions, snowfall in the mountains, etc. So all this is part of a compromise package which envisaged de-occupation of Azerbaijani territories, the return of Azerbaijani refugees to all the lands they were expelled from – not only to seven surrounding districts but also to the territory in Nagorno-Karabakh. Before the start of the conflict, Azerbaijanis accounted for 25 percent of the entire population there. And, of course, unhindered access between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia through the Lachin corridor. We reaffirm this position.- Mr. President, it is no secret that Russia has expressed concern over reports on the transfer of militants from the Middle East to the conflict zone, in particular from Syria and Libya. How can you comment on this?- I have repeatedly said in my public remarks that such concerns are unfounded. So far, we have not been provided with any facts from any side. After all, such statements were made not only by Russia but also by France, and we asked for specific facts, concrete evidence that would prove that we have invited terrorists here. So far, apart from words, no facts have been provided. Not to me as President, not to the heads of our secret service, not to the leaders of the Ministry of Defense – not a single fact. If there are such facts as this is being declared, why isn't this provided to us? They refer to some newspaper publications, but you can write whatever you want now. Therefore, this is not exactly the approach we accept and approve. This is first. Secondly, as I have already said, the Azerbaijani army has proved its combat effectiveness both on the battlefield and in terms of technical capacity. We have practically destroyed most of Armenia’s military-technical potential located in the occupied territories. I have provided these figures. More than 230 tanks have been destroyed mainly by drones but also by modern anti-tank warfare systems – the self-directing Spike missiles. I do not conceal that. As of yesterday, we captured 36 tanks as booty. A huge amount of other equipment has been destroyed, including the most modern anti-aircraft missile systems "S-300" – in fact, not just one launcher. About 40 anti-aircraft missile systems "OSA", "TOR" installations, which should actually work against drones, but the drones have destroyed them. Did terrorists do that? Have they come from somewhere in Syria? Today, when our army is liberating territories, where are they? Who saw these terrorists? These are our soldiers and officers. We have 100,000 soldiers in the regular Azerbaijani army, not counting the reservists. We did not even announce mobilization. What for? We do not need that. We have announced a partial mobilization. I do not want to provide any figures of how much we have attracted, but we mainly use them for monitoring and control over the already liberated territories. We are not letting reservists into battle. We are using them in the territories we have liberated in order to prevent sabotage attempts of the Armenian side. So there are no facts and there is no need. There are only gossips, rumors. Frankly speaking, I regret that this is being circulated. Thus, an attempt is made to cast a shadow on Azerbaijan. On the other hand, we understand the Armenian side’s humiliation. It had been boasting and bragging of its invincible army all these years, but when we drove them out of our lands so fast that they fling up their heels, of course, they want to imagine that this is not done by the Azerbaijani army but some terrorists or some other countries.Not a single country is involved in the conflict on our side. There are no terrorists on our side. As for the opposite side, the Armenian side, we have conveyed to the Russian side our concerns that during the active phase of the confrontation a huge amount of weapons has been transferred from Russian cities to the territory of Armenia. We have data, we have flight maps, we have the listing of weapons. All this was brought to the attention of the Russian side. This, of course, raises a lot of questions and bewilderment in our society. Therefore, the situation is like this. If necessary, we can also publish the list of supplies Armenia has received from Russia during this time, specify what transport vehicles were used to deliver them, and which airlines delivered them. These were mostly illegal supplies. We have officially applied to ICAO. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan has appealed to ICAO. We have provided information about the transport vessels of certain companies. In fact, there have also been media reports that lethal weapons are being delivered to Armenia under the guise of humanitarian cargo and cargo of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Since both Georgia and Iran have closed their airspace for military cargo, such smuggling methods are used. We suggested to the Russian side that this was being done by means of smuggling because it is hard for us to believe that Russia, a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and a country that must maintain neutrality, just like France and the United States, is arming the Armenian side during the active phase of the conflict. According to our information, large Russian entrepreneurs of Armenian origin are involved in this scheme. Well-known arms dealers who are under international sanctions are also involved. Our appeal to the Russian side was, among other things, aimed at sorting out this issue. Because if Russian weapons are smuggled and paid for in cash, then we need to figure out how this can be possible. These are the concerns we have, and our concerns are based on facts. As for the so-called terrorists, these are just words.-Ilham Heydar oglu, in the past 26 years the world could not understand what the final agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Karabakh might look like. How do you see this, and are any concessions still possible for the sake of peace?- You know, I want to say again that although the Minsk Group co-chairs have not achieved any result and are rightly criticized by the Azerbaijani public for that, I have to say as a person who has been dealing with this issue almost on a daily basis for the last 17 years and spending a huge amount of my time on finding solutions that the Minsk Group has been trying. It was providing proposals and did not stay idle. Therefore, I reject such unfounded accusations. This is not the case. During my contacts with the previous leadership of Armenia, with the previous two presidents, we took major steps forward. We made progress in agreeing on issues that seemed completely impossible to agree on. This was all based on the desire to achieve a result, the desire to reach a settlement through a compromise. It is a different matter though that at a certain stage, when we came too close to a settlement, the Armenian side took a step back. This is also a fact although they have always tried to blame us for this. But at the last moment they refused to return Kalbajar and Lachin. The other five districts had been agreed upon long ago and we were already discussing when Kalbajar and Lachin would be returned. So we were discussing the timing. Neither me nor the Minsk Group had any doubts that this issue had been resolved. I think the former co-chairs of the Minsk Group who were involved in this at the time can confirm this. But then the Armenian side took a step back, and the issue of transferring Kalbajar and Lachin hung in the air. In other words, a mechanism was proposed that involved these two districts forever remaining under Armenian control, which I categorically could not agree to.Therefore, returning to what you asked, the Minsk Group has created a basis for a settlement. It consists in the de-occupation, the return of refugees, the opening of communications, the joint residence of the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities, which fully complies with the norms of both international law and human morality in general. Because when one of the Armenian presidents spoke about ethnic incompatibility of Armenians and Azerbaijanis, he once again demonstrated his fascist essence. Then how can Azerbaijanis and Armenians live together in Russia, have a common business and mixed families there? How can Armenians and Azerbaijanis live together in some Georgian villages and celebrate both Muslim and Christian holidays? How do thousands of Armenians live with dignity in Azerbaijan as our citizens? Therefore, such theses of fascist nature did not contribute to a settlement, of course.So all the fundamental principles I have talked about plus the opening of communications form the basis. The Minsk Group co-chairs support the Azerbaijani position. But the current Armenian leadership took a different path. The prime minister said that not a centimeter of land would be given to Azerbaijan. They have published maps of the so-called "Nagorno-Karabakh republic", which also included seven districts outside Nagorno-Karabakh. They have changed all the names of our cities and our villages. What we saw on the battlefield – it was not easy to break through these defense lines they had been building for 30 years – we saw that they were not going to give up these territories. Because so much had been invested there, so much had been invested in engineering communications and fortifications! This did not at all mean that they were going to leave these lands. When the hot phase of the conflict ends, we will provide full information about what they had built there.Therefore, I want to say once again that full responsibility for what is happening now lies squarely with Pashinyan. This is someone who not only happened to come in power by chance, but also brought a lot of suffering and grief to the Azerbaijani and the Armenian people. He is a foster child of Soros. This is a person who, in his previous life, has always opposed Armenia’s cooperation with Russia. His party was called "Exit" – exit from the CSTO, exit from the EurAsEC. Pashinyan's team is almost entirely made up of representatives of non-governmental organizations funded by the West – the Soros Foundation, Amnesty International, Transparency, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House. People represented in Armenian government today used to throw eggs at the Russian Embassy and chanted slogans like "Get out, Russian invaders". Therefore, to be honest, I am surprised that a certain part of the Russian political establishment supports this criminal terrorist regime. The fact that they hit the sleeping city of Ganja twice with ballistic missiles and deliberately targeted residential areas in order to kill as many people as possible is a bloody crime. They are being brought to account for this crime on the battlefield, and if they don’t change their minds, their end will be very deplorable. Therefore, returning to your question, we are committed to the fundamental principles. We believe that a settlement is possible, but for this to happen the Armenian side must, before it is too late and while it is only on its knees before us, accept these principles and move the conflict from the hot phase to the stage of political settlement.- In conclusion, it would be logical to ask if are you ready to come to Moscow to meet with your counterpart from Armenia with the mediation of the Russian Federation?- You know, I have been to Moscow many times. In this case, I have not received such an invitation, so this question is not for me. President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin personally and Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev before him have repeatedly held trilateral meetings between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan. But ever since power in Armenia passed into the hands of the conditional Soros, such contacts have ceased. Russia has always played an important role in the settlement of the conflict, and I have spoken about this. There are objective reasons for this – both historical and geographical in nature. And also because Russia has been active in our region for many decades and there is a high level of interaction. Therefore, we are ready for any contacts. In fact, when the suggestion was made to organize a meeting of foreign ministers, we agreed immediately. After all, this also speaks of our position. Then the Azerbaijani army had already successfully liberated a part of strategic territories. The conflict had already been under way for more than 10 days and it was quite clear to everyone who was capable of doing what. So it was not too difficult to guess the further course of developments. Despite this, we did not vide time or refuse. We said – yes, we are ready. And I said when speaking with the President of Russia that I was sending our minister. By the way, the Minister of Foreign Affairs was in Geneva at the time. He was negotiating with the Minsk Group. During the hot phase, our minister was in Geneva while the Armenian minister never got there although he should have been there too. Therefore, we are always ready to meet in Moscow or elsewhere in order to put an end to the confrontation but also to find ways of settlement. We also want peace but, unlike Armenia, we want territories that rightfully belong to us.- Mr. President, thank you for your answers.-Thank you.</p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><br /></p> <a target="_blank" href="http://photos.today.az/images/tas1/tass1.jpg"><IMG src="http://photos.today.az/images/tas1/t_tass1.jpg" border=0 /></a><br /><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://photos.today.az/images/tas1/tass2.jpg"><IMG src="http://photos.today.az/images/tas1/t_tass2.jpg" border=0 /></a><br /><br /> Chronicle of 44-day Second Karabakh War: October 19, 2021 http://www.today.az/news/politics/211128.html Politics Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaOn September 27, 2020, in response to a large-scale provocation of the Armenian armed forces along the frontline, the Azerbaijani army launched a counter-offensive operation, later called the "Iron Fist".The 44-day war put an end to nearly 30 years of occupation, ensured the liberation of Azerbaijan's lands and the restoration of the country's territorial integrity.Chronicle of 44-day Second Karabakh War: October 19, 2021- President Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Turkish Grand National Assembly Speaker Mustafa Sentop.- President Ilham Aliyev gave a video interview to the Russian TASS news agency.- President Aliyev shared a publication on Twitter about Armenia's heavy artillery shelling of settlements in violation of the humanitarian ceasefire.- President Aliyev congratulated State Border Service Chief Col-Gen Elchin Guliyev on raising the Azerbaijani flag on the Khudafarin bridge.- President Aliyev shared a publication on Twitter about the liberation of several villages in Jabrayil region.- The Armenian military equipment and weapons were destroyed. The list of the destroyed equipment was announced.- A high-ranking official of an Armenian armed forces battalion was killed.- As a result of the shelling of Tartar region by the Armenian armed forces, the owner of the house was seriously injured.- Armenia shelled Azerbaijani positions on the state border.- The Azerbaijani army seized a certain amount of military equipment abandoned by Armenian troops.- Armenians opened fire on the film crew of the Azerbaijani AzTV channel in Aghdam, injuring one journalist.- The Defence Ministry released a video of war trophies seized from Armenian troops in the direction of Jabrayil and Fuzuli.A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, 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.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions and urged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city. Azerbaijan confirms 1,245 more COVID-19 cases, 409 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/211127.html Society Mon, 18 Oct 2021 19:00:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 1,245 new COVID-19 cases, 409 patients have recovered, and 13 patients have died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 503,452 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 478,812 of them have recovered, and 6,778 people have died. Currently, 17,862 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 7,153 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 5,032,555 tests have been conducted so far.Some 591 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on October 18.The first dose of the vaccine was injected into 190 citizens, and the second one to 401 citizens.Totally, up until now, 9,195,023 citizens have been vaccinated, 4,964,341 of whom received the first dose of the vaccine, and 4,230,682 people - the second dose. Ukraine has every capability to restore infrastructure of Azerbaijan’s liberated territories ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211125.html Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:59:00 +0400 By TrendUkraine has all the capabilities, technologies and scientific knowledge to restore the infrastructure of the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine, co-chairman of the Ukraine-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary working group of friendship, Volodymyr Kreidenko, who is on a visit to Azerbaijan, told Trend."Regarding the restoration of the infrastructure of Azerbaijan’s liberated territories, we can mention railways, environmentally friendly buses, construction. Many investors are interested in the restoration of these territories. Therefore, we are waiting for an invitation from the Azerbaijani side, announcement of tenders, it is also possible to hold an investment forum that would allow us to find out what exactly Azerbaijan is interested in and how our entrepreneurs, production workers can be useful. Ukraine has all the potential for this," Vladimir Kreidenko said.Kreidenko also noted that the Ukrainian side would love to share experience and technologies related to the agricultural sector, so that Azerbaijan would also increase its production potential. Georgia to further develop relationship with Azerbaijan - Georgian MFA http://www.today.az/news/politics/211122.html Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:47:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its congratulations on the Day of Restoration of Independence of Azerbaijan, Trend reports via the Ministry’s Twitter page.“We convey heartfelt congratulations and our best wishes to the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” the publication said.We value solid strategic partnership between Georgia and Azerbaijan, and will further enhance it for the benefit of our nations, the Ministry said. Turkish MoD congratulates Azerbaijan with its Independence Restoration Day http://www.today.az/news/politics/211121.html Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:33:00 +0400 By TrendThe Turkish Ministry of National Defense has shared a congratulatory post on Twitter on the occasion of the Day of Restoration of Azerbaijan's Independence, Trend reports on Oct.18."We congratulate the brotherly and friendly country of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence. Long live the Turkish-Azerbaijani brotherhood!" the post said. Turkey’s employment rate boosts in construction sector http://www.today.az/news/regions/211120.html World news Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovTurkey increased its employment rate in the construction sphere in January-August 2021, Yeni Shafak newspaper has reported.The newspaper added that the accelerated investment and production to meet the deferred demand had increased in employment.The industry has been struggling to find skilled workers for about six months. The construction companies, which develop new projects, stress that more staff will be needed in the coming months.The rise in employment was also reflected in figures. While the number of paid employees in Turkey increased by 9.4 percent in the period of August 2020-2021, the growth in construction was three points higher than this.The number of paid employees in the industry, construction, and trade-service sectors, which was over 12.5 million in August 2020, increased by 9.4 percent or to 13.7 million people in the same month of 2021. In August alone, there was a 9.4-percent growth in the employment rates in the industry sector, 12.5 percent in construction, and 8.8 percent in trade services.BOSS4 real estate chairman Abdulkadir Akkush said that the dynamism in the construction sector started with the acceleration of vaccination.He stressed that contractors had started to implement the orders obtained in 2020 when the pandemic was announced.Akkush added that their four projects are still in progress and that there are about 400 people working at the construction sites, including 80 people in the technical team.“Many contractors also implement their projects. When the construction starts, this also reflects on employment,” he underlined.The head of the Demir Inshaat company, Hamit Demir, said that the construction sector, which was going through a difficult period, started to revive with the easing of the pandemic, and this situation energized the construction sites.“We are working to turn the projects we have into licenses quickly. This is reflected in employment. The start of construction means employment for 2,000-3,000 people. There is a quest from support staff to assistant general manager. With the increase in the license, the number of employees reaches 2 million,” he added. Turkey's first multi-grenade launcher ready for use http://www.today.az/news/regions/211119.html World news Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:13:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovDefence Industry Chief Ismail Demir has said that Turkey has developed its first multi-grenade launcher, Yeni Shafak newspaper said.He stressed that Turkey is determined to end foreign dependency on all weapon systems."Our first multi-grenade launcher, the TG40-BA, that can fire more than one type of ammunition, has an adjustable skid optical sight and effective firing," Demir wrote on his Twitter account.The multiple grenade launcher TG40-BA, which was developed by the Turkish defence industry, has been successfully tested, the report added.With the 40 mm Drum Grenade Launcher, 40×46 millimeter low velocity and 40×51 mm medium velocity ammunition can be used for the weapon.The grenade launcher can shoot effectively up to 800 meters in the conflict zone with its adjustable skid optical sight.The domestic product has been delivered to the security forces. Washington makes offer to Ankara over F-16 fighter jets http://www.today.az/news/regions/211118.html World news Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the U.S. has made an offer to Turkey related to the F-16 fighter jets, Yeni Shafak newspaper has reported.Erdogan made the remarks at the Ataturk Airport State Guesthouse prior to his visit to African countries.“This issue is related to the well-known F-35 issue... It is about the payment we have made for the F-35s, which is $1.4 billion dollars. In the face of these payments, the United States made such an offer,” Erdogan added.He underlined that Turkey aims to develop its fleet by modernizing the existing F-16s and by purchasing new additional F-16s.“Within the scope of the F-35 program, we have to receive a payment of this money, as we owe it back. We discuss this issue in our meetings. We also attach importance to dialogue for the solution of the problem. As a result, there is a payment made, and our colleagues are currently working on the refund of this payment,” Erdogan stressed.Turkey was removed from the F-35 program after the country bought the Russian-made S-400 missile defence system two years ago. The U.S. strongly objects to NATO members using the Russian system, saying it poses a security threat to the F-35s.Turkey maintains the S-400 system's components could be used independently without being integrated into NATO systems and therefore they pose no risk.Twelve countries participate in the F-35 program. The nine partner nations that participated in the plane's development include the US, Turkey, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Norway. All of these countries except Canada, Denmark, and Turkey are already receiving deliveries of the F-35. Israel, Japan, and South Korea also have received the jets through foreign military sales. Azerbaijan urges interim measures against Armenia http://www.today.az/news/politics/211126.html Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:57:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan has called for introducing urgent interim measures against  Armenia, local news sources have reported.Azerbaijan's representative Elnur Mammadov said that Azerbaijan considers it necessary to introduce urgent interim measures against Armenia. He said that Armenia continues the campaign of ethnic cleansing and incitement to violence against Azerbaijan, the reports added.At the beginning of his speech to the judges, he cited a number of examples from history, including the Khojaly tragedy, when a large number of peaceful Azerbaijanis were killed by the Armenian armed formations as a result of an attack. He stated that now Armenia is continuing a decades-long campaign of ethnic cleansing.“Temporary interim measures are necessary to protect against this direct threat,” he noted.It should be noted that the UN International Court of Justice holds hearings on the claim of Azerbaijan against Armenia for violation of the international convention “on the abolition of all forms of racial discrimination” on October 18-19.Azerbaijan earlier filed a lawsuit against Armenia in the International Court of Justice, the main judicial organ of the United Nations, for violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).The lawsuit states that Armenia has committed and continues to commit a series of discriminatory actions against Azerbaijanis on the basis of their national or ethnic origin. The lawsuit underlines that Armenia continues its policy of ethnic cleansing and that it incites hatred and ethnic violence against Azerbaijanis by engaging in hate speech and disseminating racist propaganda, including at the highest levels of its government.Referring to the period of hostilities that erupted in autumn 2020, Azerbaijan in a lawsuit contends that Armenia once again targeted Azerbaijanis for brutal treatment motivated by ethnic hatred. Azerbaijan further contends that Armenia’s policies and conduct of ethnic cleansing, cultural erasure and fomenting of hatred against Azerbaijanis systematically infringe the rights and freedoms of Azerbaijanis, as well as Azerbaijan’s own rights, in violation of CERD.The purpose of the request is "to compel Armenia to abide by its international obligations under CERD and protect Azerbaijanis from the irreparable harm caused by Armenia’s ongoing conduct", pending the court’s determination of the case on the merits. MUSIAD aims to raise trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey [VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/business/211110.html Business Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe goal of the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association of Turkey (MUSIAD) is to bring the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey to $15 billion in a short time, Chairman of the Board of the MUSIAD Mahmut Asmaly told Trend.“Recently, we have witnessed the liberation of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region (from Armenian occupation), and Turkish businessmen want to contribute to its economic recovery,” said the chairman.“To this end, the 25th International Business Forum (IBF-International Business Forum) will be held in Baku on November 14-17. Over 500 Turkish businessmen are expected to participate in the forum. We hope that this will contribute to the emergence of new profitable projects for Azerbaijan. Our goal is to soon bring the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey to $15 billion,” he said.Asmaly added that the MUSIAD representative office in Azerbaijan has been operating for four years.“We want to increase the number of its members from the current 60 to 200, and then to 500. MUSIAD has been operating for 31 years. It has 89 branches in Turkey, 255 abroad. The ranks of the Association have more than 11,000 members,” added the chairman. </p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><br /></p> </body> </html> Israel and Azerbaijan are great allies and partners, who have common interest in region – ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211117.html Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:43:00 +0400 By TrendIsrael and Azerbaijan are great allies and partners, who have common interests in the region, former Vice Speaker of the Knesset of Israel Yechiel Bar told Trend commenting on the provocative statements of the Iranian side regarding friendly relations between Israel and Azerbaijan.“Israel helped Azerbaijan many times militarily to face its enemies of Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, Iran chose to be an enemy of Israel. Tehran chose to see Israel as the biggest problem and the biggest devil in the world, while actually, Iran is the one that spreads weapons to terrorist organizations in Syria, Lebanon. Iran is today supporting all the enemies of Israel, and this is why Israel will do everything in order to protect its borders and citizens. Iran always reacts negatively to the close relations of our country with any state. But we are confident that partnership with Azerbaijan is a positive factor,” Bar said.Bar believes that the international community that supports democracy, peace, solution of conflicts peacefully, should object the bad manner and the bad strategy of Iran to create nuclear weapons, to provide weapons to terrorists in the Middle East.“This is why I think that UN, the EU, the US and the entire international community should be at the side of Israel and Azerbaijan as two democratic countries to make sure that Israel and Azerbaijan will always oppose Iran's ill-intentioned activities. All those countries that want to promote democracy, liberal ideas, peace, should go far from Iran, since Iran is the biggest distributor of terror worldwide," he said. Azerbaijan Automobile Federation organizes 'Time Attack' race http://www.today.az/news/sports/211114.html Sports Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:30:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijan Automobile Federation and Subaru Club Azerbaijan organized a Time Attack race among cars of the ‘Subaru’ brand within the framework of the autumn cup, Trend reports.Mushfig Rahmanov became the winner of the race in the class of atmospheric engines, which was organized at the Test and Training Azerbaijan driver training center, with an indicator of 51.482 seconds on Subaru Legacy.The second and third places were taken by Emil Guliyev and Telman Garayev, respectively.In the class of turbocharged engines, Nurali Mammadov came first with an indicator of 47.682 seconds, Emil Alakbarov (49.138 seconds) was second, and Azad Huseynov was third (49.534 seconds). Azerbaijan marks first anniversary of Khudafarin’s liberation http://www.today.az/news/politics/211124.html Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:24:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovOn October 18, Azerbaijan marks the first anniversary of the liberation of the Khudafarin Bridge and adjacent areas from Armenia's 30-year occupation, Trend has reported.Starting from the first days of the 44-day war in late 2020, the victorious Azerbaijani army pushed back Armenian armed forces from its occupied territories and declared a historic victory over Armenia.The heroic Azerbaijani army liberated the Khudaferin Bridge from occupation on October 18, 2020.This was another important and glorious episode in a series of victories during the 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.Recently, the Trend TV film crew visited the Jabrayil district and met with the servicemen of the State Border Service, who participated in the Khudafarin bridge operation. They shared their memories on the military operations to liberate the areas.Historically, the bridge was one of the major crossing points of the historical Silk Road. The monument belongs to the Azerbaijani Arran architectural school.The Khudafarin bridge, which is a unique historical monument of the 12th century, was built in 1027 by order of Fazl Bin Muhammad, the ruler of the Sheddadid State that existed in Azerbaijan, in order to unite North and South Azerbaijan.Although many bridges were built across the river, the most famous is the Khudafarin bridge.For many years there have been huge threats to the existence of this architectural masterpiece.A huge threat was posed by Armenia's occupation of Jabrayil region in 1993 when the bridge was severely damaged.However, after a 28-year occupation, the Azerbaijani army liberated Jabrayil, where the bridge is located, and hoisted the Azerbaijani flag over it.The liberation of Jabrayil from the Armenian occupation on October 4, 2020, eliminated the existential threats and opened a new phase in the restoration of the cultural monuments.In an interview with journalists, Azerbaijani Culture Minister Anar Karimov said that the Khudafarin bridges, along with Shusha city will soon be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.</p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><br /></p> </body> </html> Turkey develops unmanned ground vehicles http://www.today.az/news/regions/211113.html World news Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:13:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovTurkey’s Defence Industry chief Ismail Demir has said that the defence industry is developing new unmanned land vehicles (UGVs), Yeni Shafak newspaper has reported.He added that the unmanned land vehicle - ACROB is produced to meet the requirements of the security forces."Our UGV family is growing. ACROB light class unmanned land vehicles, developed with domestic means, are on duty as the little assistants of our security forces in reconnaissance/surveillance with three cameras, speed, and agility in all weather, terrain, and in different visibility conditions," Demir wrote on his Twitter account.Developed with domestic and national resources, ACROB will provide very important services to the Turkish defence, Demir stressed. "With its three cameras, including the tail section, the ACROB UGV, which has a reconnaissance/surveillance function, can be easily carried on the back. ACROB stands out with its high mobility, speed and agility, especially with its stroke movement system in difficult terrain conditions,” he added.Demir noted that the operational capability of the vehicle is constantly being improved thanks to the experience gained in developing technology.The vehicle’s reconnaissance/surveillance/situational awareness capacity due to the camera added to the tail section with 180-degree turn capability makes it competitive among its foreign equivalents, Demir underlined.He also emphasized Turkey’s successful steps in the global defence products exports to the world, noting the country’s important place in the market.Along with Turkey, three more countries have included the ACROB vehicles in their security forces’ inventory, Demir said.“As a result of the development and qualification activities carried out under the auspices of our Presidency, we continue to work on the development of the ACROB vehicle,” he concluded.