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 Baku urges Yerevan to honor int’l obligations for sake of regional peace, security, prosperity http://www.today.az/news/politics/226016.html Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2022 12:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovBaku has urged Yerevan to honor its international obligations for the sake of regional peace, security and prosperity, Azernews reports, citing the Foreign Ministry.In a statement on the second anniversary of September 27 Remembrance Day, the ministry emphasized that Azerbaijan is the initiator of normalizing ties with Armenia on the basis of rigorous adherence to international legal norms, particularly sovereignty, territorial integrity, and inviolability of international borders.“We call on Armenia to respect these fundamental principles to ensure peace, security, and prosperity in the region and comply with its international obligations. Armenia should finally put an end to imitation in the negotiations and take genuine, constructive steps. There is no other alternative for the peaceful development of the region,” the statement stresses.It recalls that two years have passed since the Azerbaijani armed forces' retaliatory steps in 2020 to confront another military provocation by the Armenian armed forces, which marked the start of the 44-day Patriotic War.Azerbaijan's counter-measures were taken within the scope of the right to self-defense and in line with international humanitarian law to halt Armenia's recurring military aggression and ensure the civilian population's safety, the ministry underlined.“The Patriotic War put an end to Armenia’s nearly 30-year-long military aggression against the sovereign lands of Azerbaijan, ensured the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and restored the fundamental rights of nearly one million Azerbaijanis. Azerbaijan fought alone to ensure the implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions of 1993,” it added.Azerbaijan's triumph ushered in a new chapter in the country's history and established international justice. Azerbaijan's liberation of its territory from Armenian occupation laid bare the large-scale illegal activities that the aggressor country carried out in these lands during the previous three decades.Clear evidence was presented to the international community of widespread mining of Azerbaijani lands, deliberate destruction and misappropriation of its historical, cultural, and religious heritage, plundering of natural resources, infrastructure destruction, and other violations of international laws.Azerbaijan filed inter-state petitions against Armenia at the European Court of Human Rights and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hold Armenia accountable for violations of its international responsibilities, as well as international humanitarian and human rights law. On December 7, 2021, the ICJ unanimously imposed temporary sanctions against Armenia based on Azerbaijan's plea.Right after the liberation of its territories, Azerbaijan has undertaken large-scale restoration and reconstruction efforts, including the implementation of critical infrastructure projects, for ensuring the safe repatriation of one million displaced Azerbaijanis to their homes and the revival of life in these lands. Azerbaijan is implementing proactive efforts to establish long-term peace and stability in the area, in line with the trilateral statement of November 10, 2020.On the contrary, Armenia fails to meet its duties by taking a revanchist stance, posing a major threat to security by keeping part of its military units in the region and planting additional landmines. Furthermore, Armenia makes practically no real moves to open communications in the area and maintains military provocations, hampering post-conflict normalization efforts, the ministry said.“September 27 is celebrated as Remembrance Day in our country by the order of the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan and today we remember with deep respect and cherish the memory of all our Martyrs who gave their lives for the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” it stressed."September 27 - on Remembrance Day, we honor with deep respect and pride the blessed memory of our martyrs, who died for the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan," the ministry also wrote on its Twitter account. Artworks of famous Azerbaijani artist to be showcased in Paris http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/226009.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaArtworks of famous artist Nigar Narimanbayova will be showcased at Salon Business Art Fair in France, Azernews reports.For over ten years, Salon Business Art Fair has displayed stunning artworks by artists from all over the world.The art fair will open on October 21 next to the Boulevard Saint-Germain, a major street in Paris on the Rive Gauche of the Seine.Narimanbayova's painting "Tariel - Little Harry Potter" will be showcased at the art fair.Note that the national artist is a member of the French Stella Art International Association which will also be represented at the art fair. Salon Business Art Fair will run until October 23.Her five paintings including "The Puppet", "Kiss of a Nymph", "Magic of the Night", "Broken Wings" and "Confession of a Mermaid" were also displayed at Salon Business Art Fair 2017.She was awarded an honorary diploma signed by the commissioner of the salon Georges Levy and art magazine La Gazette Des Arts, with the inscription "For the creation of a magical unique world filled with fairy tales and magic".Nigar Narimanbayova is a member of the Union of Azerbaijani Artists and the International Association of Art. Her paintings are displayed in major exhibition halls worldwide. Azerbaijan guarantees $171.6m credit, subsidy support to entrepreneurs over COVID-19 http://www.today.az/news/business/226008.html Business Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:33:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan's Entrepreneurship Development Fund has guaranteed AZN291.8 million (4,171.6m) to 2,630 applications of entrepreneurs, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov said, Azernews reports.The funds were guaranteed within the framework of the state-guaranteed credit and subsidy support from June 2020 to September 2022.The minister noted that AZN34.3 million ($20.1m) of subsidies were paid to entrepreneurs for guaranteed loans."Within the framework of the state-guaranteed #credit and #subsidy support from June 2020 to September 1 of this year, the Entrepreneurship Development Fund (@sahibkarliq) guaranteed 291.8 mln. ? to 2,630 applications of entrepreneurs, affected by the pandemic, with a credit demand of 499.8 mln. ?. Hence, 34.3 mln. ? of subsidies were paid to entrepreneurs for guaranteed loans," the minister twitted.To note, the measures to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the businesses in Azerbaijan included financial support to protect jobs, the introduction of periodic tax breaks, the provision of soft loans, and others. Uzbekneftegaz studies SOCAR’s experience in increasing hydrocarbon production http://www.today.az/news/business/226007.html Business Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:14:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadUzbekneftegaz specialists have paid a visit to Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company (SOCAR) to exchange experience on the application of new technologies for wells' workover and study the company’s experience in the implementation of projects on increasing hydrocarbon production under risk service conditions, Azernews reports per Uzbek media sources.The visit was carried out in accordance with the July 5 roadmap developed to expand cooperation in the oil and gas sector between Uzbekneftegaz and SOCAR.The delegation members first held a meeting with SOCAR Vice President for field development Yashar Latifov and the company’s management, during which they discussed issues of interest to the parties in the implementation of the roadmap.Moreover, within the framework of the working visit, the delegation visited SOCAR Upstream, where they got acquainted with the experience of the projects on increasing hydrocarbon production in terms of risk-service and production sharing agreements.Uzbekneftegaz’s specialists also visited SOCAR NIPI Neftegas?LLC, where they met with Institute’s Director Fahraddin Ismayilov. During the meeting, they discussed the issues of the workover of wells.The specialists also got acquainted with the activities of Binagadi Oil Company, Salyan Oil Ltd, and Shirvan Operating Company LTD. In addition, they visited Azneft PA, where presentations on the planning of workover operations, methods of increasing oil and gas recovery and repair, and insulation works were made.Considering the rich experience of SOCAR in the implementation of the abovementioned projects, it is planned to establish the channel for exchange of experience for possible further implementation in Uzbekneftegaz and invite SOCAR to participate in the bidding for contractor selection to provide services for the increase of hydrocarbons production in 25 fields of Uzbekneftegaz.Diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan were established on October 2, 1995. The embassy of Azerbaijan in Uzbekistan was established in August 1996, while the embassy of Uzbekistan in Azerbaijan was opened in July 1998.The friendly relations between the two countries are based on shared values ??and historical ties, as well as a number of joint statements and agreements signed during bilateral visits and meetings.The volume of trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan amounted to $111.9 million in 2021. Turkish FM: Importance of East-West transport corridor increases http://www.today.az/news/politics/226006.html Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliThe importance of the East-West transport corridor has increased, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.He made the remark in Tokyo, where he arrived to attend the state funeral of the late Japanese premier Shinzo Abe.The Turkish minister noted that Azerbaijan and Georgia are also located in the region, in which the corridor goes through."I hope that an agreement will be reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and Armenia will also join this process," he opined.Speaking about the Organization of Turkic States, Cavusoglu noted that it was created to deepen the integration of the Turkic states. He added that this organization is self-sufficient and doesn't compete with anyone.Azerbaijan and Turkiye collaborate in a variety of economic sectors and have completed major energy and infrastructure projects, such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, and TANAP.In 2021, Azerbaijan and Turkiye signed the Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations, which focuses on defense cooperation, promoting regional stability, and prosperity by establishing new transport routes.The two countries set up a goal to bring the mutual trade turnover to $15 billion in 2023. As of 2021, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $4.6 billion. So far, Turkiye is Azerbaijan’s second-largest investor followed by the UK.Additionally, Turkiye was one of the first countries that expressed its interest and readiness to participate in the restoration of Azerbaijan’s liberated territories. Azerbaijani mine agency defuses some 457 mines, munitions on 19-24 Sep http://www.today.az/news/politics/226005.html Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovThe Azerbaijani Mine Action Agency (ANAMA) defused 457 mines and unexploded ordnances in the liberated territories from September 19-24, Azernews reports, citing the agency.During the demining operations, the agency discovered 46 anti-personnel, 144 anti-tank mines, and 267 unexploded ordnances in Tartar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Shusha, Gubadli, Jabrayil, and Zangilan districts, the report added.A 457-ha-area was cleared of mines and unexploded ordnances during the reported period.Likewise, the Azerbaijani army’s engineer-sapper units have neutralized nearly 380 mines in liberated Kalbajar District, Azernews reports, citing the Defense Ministry.On September 24-25, 370 PMN-E anti-personnel, as well as 9 TM-62 anti-tank mines were discovered and neutralized in Kalbajar’s Alagollar area and other directions as a result of demining activities, the ministry said.The engineer-sapper units continue to remove mines from liberated territories, as well as the army’s supply roads. Engineering support initiatives are underway in the liberated lands, it added.Five booby traps consisting of Armenian-made PMN-E anti-personnel mines and laid by Armenian military formations in the direction of Khojaly District were detected, the ministry reported earlier.Similarly, 90 E-001 M type anti-personnel mines, made in Armenia in 2021, were found and neutralized in the ravine gap of the Boyuk Ishigli Mount in Lachin District on September 20 as a result of demining activities carried out by the sappers.Armenia spared no effort to plant land mines on Azerbaijani territory, not only during the 30 years of occupation but also just before days of leaving Azerbaijani lands as envisaged in the trilateral statement in order to cause human casualties.Rarely a day goes by without news of civilians or military personnel being injured or killed as a result of mine explosions in Azerbaijan's liberated lands.Armenia deliberately and constantly planted mines on Azerbaijani territories, in violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention, thereby being a major threat to regional peace, security, and cooperation. President Ilham Aliyev expresses condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin http://www.today.az/news/politics/226015.html Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:20:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has expressed his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin.to be updated President Ilham Aliyev makes post on Remembrance Day [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/226014.html Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:20:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Victorious Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev has made a post on the occasion of September 27 - the Day of Remembrance.The Commander-in-Chief shared a photo highlighting the servicemen of the Azerbaijani Army on his official Facebook and Instagram accounts. Azerbaijan Defense Ministry makes post on September 27 - Remembrance Day http://www.today.az/news/politics/226004.html Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan has made a post on Twitter in connection with September 27 - Remembrance Day, Trend reports."We proudly honor the memory of our martyrs!" September 27 Remembrance Day: A look into some of pivotal developments that led to triumph in ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/226003.html Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovSeptember 27 marks the second anniversary of the start of the 44-day second Karabakh war.In response to the frequent Armenian provocations and to terminate the nearly 30-year-long occupation of Karabakh and surrounding territories, the Azerbaijani armed forces started wide-ranging military attacks to regain the lands, which resulted in the decisive and glorious victory over the Armenian army within 44 days.Throughout the six-week-long blitzkrieg, the Azerbaijani army regained a significant part of the occupied territories, that is over 300 towns and villages from Armenia's 30-year-long disastrous occupation, compelling the enemy to sign an act of capitulation, and return back several districts in line with Russia-brokered peace deal.By virtue of ongoing provocations along the contact line, unsuccessful mediation efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group, and Armenia's refusal to comply with international laws, just to name a few, to put an end to the occupation, a decisive war was not long in coming.For the purpose of understanding some of the major reasons that triggered the second Karabakh war, it is of huge importance to understand the chronology of the Karabakh conflict.The start of the Karabakh conflictThe active military phase of the Karabakh conflict started late in 1988 with outright territorial claims and ensuing military aggression and occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia.The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, one of the longest-running in the post-Soviet space, began in 1988, when ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, backed by Armenians in Armenia and abroad, took to the streets to call for secession from Soviet Azerbaijan to merge with Armenia.In early 1988, Armenia started a new phase of outright aggression against Azerbaijan. The anti-Azerbaijan rhetoric and activities gained momentum across Armenia and in part of Karabakh populated by Armenians.In view of Moscow's nonchalance about these events, Armenians began widespread forceful deportations of Azerbaijanis from their ancestral lands in Armenia under the tacit approval of the Soviet regime and the direct involvement of the Armenian government. Over 250,000 ethnic Azerbaijanis were coerced to leave their native lands in Armenia and several thousand of them were brutally killed.In February 1988, Armenians in Azerbaijan's historical Karabakh region launched protests, which gradually switched to clashes with local Azerbaijanis in the region to coerce Moscow via influential Armenians in Moscow to allow Karabakh's merger with Armenia.Semi-active, ill-designed experiments and the lack of time-tested experiences on how to deal with and cope with ethnic conflicts and territorial claims led to the application of dozens of methods all of which later turned out to be anti-Azerbaijani with the ultimate goal of misappropriating lands that belonged to Azerbaijan for centuries.Alas, when the Soviet Union fell apart, tensions exploded into a full-fledged war, and by 1994, Armenia had almost occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts, forcing one million Azerbaijanis to flee their ancestral homeland.From 1994 through 2020, sporadic violent clashes went on with the use of cutting-edge technologies, such as attack drones and heavy armament in the 2016 four-day war, including the involvement of special operations forces.At a time when brief skirmishes were regular occasions, Armenia and Azerbaijan were pursuing their own objectives, that is, Yerevan wanted to retain the occupied land by coercing Baku to reconcile with the real state of the affairs on the ground in return for a peace deal, while the latter was preparing for a final and decisive war to regain own territories through the combat-ready army motivated by the desire to end the invasion.Armenian-committed atrocities against civiliansDuring the first Karabakh war (1988-1994), the Armenian invaders committed a series of systematic acts of genocide and war crimes against innocent Azerbaijanis, violating both military and international human rights principles by brutally murdering civilians and destroying all historical monuments in the Azerbaijani settlements.The mass graves discovered in Karabakh’s different parts, following the 44-day war in 2020, are vivid examples of war crimes committed by the Armenian armed forces against the Azerbaijani people.The Khojaly genocide on February 26, 1992, is seen as the pinnacle of the systematic crimes and atrocities committed by Armenia against Azerbaijanis. Some 613 Azerbaijanis, including 63 children, 106 women, and 70 elders were brutally murdered on the ethnic ground in Khojaly District.Prior to the Khojaly genocide, Armenians committed the worst tragedy in Khojavand, Asgaran Disticts. The Garadaghli genocide was a stain on humanity, and heinous atrocities were committed in Akhullu, Tugh, Salaketin, and Edilli villages at the end of the XX century. A series of horrible acts were committed in Gazakh's Baghanis-Ayrim village.In October-November 1991, Armenians burned, destroyed, and plundered over 30 settlements in the mountainous area of Karabakh, including Tugh, Imarat-Garvand, Sirkhavand, Meshali, Jamilli, Umudlu, Garadaghli, Karkijahan, and other villages.On the night of April 7-8, 1992, the Armenian armed forces, with the support of the separatist Armenian gangs in the former Nagorno-Karabakh region, attacked Aghdaban and Chaygovushan villages.On March 27, 1993, the Armenian terrorists invaded Aghdaban for the second time by besieging and razing it to the ground. The second occupation of Aghdaban meant the complete occupation of Kalbajar by Armenia. Kalbajar was besieged on all sides and completely occupied by Armenian armed forces on April 2, 1993.Following the occupation of Azerbaijan's Kalbajar District in 1993, the United Nations Security Council adopted four resolutions (822, 851, 874, and 884) urging Armenia to withdraw its military forces from Azerbaijan's internationally recognized areas immediately.Unfortunately, those resolutions remained unfulfilled for 28 years due to a lack of pressure on the aggressor and the application of double standards by world powers, specifically the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, which were obliged to resolve the conflict within Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.Peace talks imitationThe OSCE Minsk Group was established in 1992 by the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), now called the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to promote a peaceful, negotiated resolution to the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.The group led by co-chair countries of France, Russia, and the United States, also included Belarus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.On May 5, 1994, the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian representatives signed the Bishkek cease-fire protocol to terminate hostilities and enforce a ceasefire that would go into effect on May 12, with Russia acting as the mediator. Although there were isolated incidents of violence in the area, all parties agreed to uphold the provisions of the ceasefire.The influential Armenian Diaspora with money in all three co-chair countries - Russia, France, and the United States - as well as the strategic partnership between Russia and Armenia raised concerns about the impartiality of the Minsk Group mediators.During the 28 years of the negotiations process, countless meetings were held between Azerbaijan and Armenia via the Minsk Group, which yielded no tangible results. Representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Russia, and the United States came together in Key West, Florida, and Paris in early 2001. However, the discussions at Key West were mostly kept under wraps and did not yield results.Both the Armenian and the Azerbaijani delegations discussed the role and importance of the Minsk Group in peace discussions on October 7, 2002, at the CIS summit in Chisinau. The parties criticized the ineffective OSCE mediation, which lasted 10 years at that point.Under the auspices of the co-chairs, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan met in Bern, Switzerland, on December 19, 2015. The presidents affirmed their willingness to continue working on a resolution and backed continued efforts to lower the risk of violence.On October 16, 2017, the Minsk Group had the last meeting between Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan in Geneva. The presidents decided to do the necessary measures to strengthen the dialogue process and lessen tensions along the line of contact.Due to Armenia's unconstructive attitude, all of the above-mentioned encounters between the leaders were merely imitations of peace negotiations and fell well short of achieving any meaningful progress in the peaceful resolution of the conflict.Armenia's persistent and destructive activities, as well as its armed forces' violent provocations against Azerbaijan, rendered the military escalations imminent.Four-day April 2016 flare-upOne of the glorious pages in Azerbaijan's Karabakh war history, the 2016 April battles, later dubbed the four-day war, bolstered the combat spirit of the national army and paved the way for the ultimate victory of the Azerbaijani army over Armenia in 2020.The four-day flare-up proved the determination and resoluteness of the Azerbaijani people and the state that the occupation would not be tolerated and be restored at any cost. Four years later, the Azerbaijani Army rewrote history and restored the country's territorial integrity through the fierce battles on the battlefields.On April 2, 2016, intensive artillery shelling of Azerbaijani frontline positions and settlements by the Armenian armed forces made the counter-offensive inescapable. As a result of four-day battles, the Azerbaijani army liberated several strategically-important heights and restored control over 2,000 hectares of land.The positions in the direction of Tartar District's Talish village and Sugovushan settlement, Jabrayil District's Lalatapa height, and Jojug Marjanli village, as well as Goranboy District's Gulustan village, were cleared of enemy forces.The breakdown of Armenia's defense line, which had previously been depicted as an "impassable barrier" in Azerbaijan's formerly occupied territories, was a strategically significant victory. Many people, including local and foreign experts, saw the April battles as a dress rehearsal for the 44-day battle in 2020.The operation carried out in response to Armenian provocations, was critical in revealing the balance of forces, clarifying the geopolitical landscape, and the range of interests of regional powers.The status quo, e.g. the occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories, completely satisfied Armenia and most of the major world and regional powers. Indeed, the April battles might be viewed as an attempt to bring the invading Armenia to peace.Pashinyan-initiated provocationsFollowing the 2018 regime change in Armenia, hopes were high for a peaceful resolution of the conflict since new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan repeatedly alluded to "peace acceptable to all sides" in his early days in office.However, his subsequent inflammatory rhetoric and behavior, such as illegal trips to Karabakh, particularly to the historical Azerbaijani city of Shusha, as well as his declaration that Karabakh - Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory - is part of Armenia, stymied peace talks and forced Azerbaijan into the 44-day war.Moreover, the Armenian armed forces' military action against Azerbaijan's Tovuz District, far away from the Karabakh theater of war in an attempt to endanger Azerbaijan's energy communication links that cross through the territory, was the final straw that broke Azerbaijan's patience.Armenia, guided by the then defense minister's rhetoric that the occupation of new territories would compel Azerbaijan to compromise laid bare the new government's intention under the guise of democratic government.Tovuz clashesThe Tovuz battles of July 2020 were a turning point on the road to the Patriotic War, in which the Azerbaijani armed forces triumphed spectacularly.Likewise, the stunning April battles of 2016, the triumphant Gunnut operation of 2018, and the Tovuz battles of 2020 characterized the Azerbaijani army's march to victory.During the five-day July hostilities, which began with the blocking of the next sabotage of the Armenian army, the Azerbaijani army dealt a severe blow to the enemy and thwarted its evil purpose.On July 12, 2020, Armenian military forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Tovuz District on the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border, shelling Azerbaijani positions and attempting to launch an assault. However, as a result of the adequate preparations taken, the enemy was struck a significant blow and was forced to retreat with losses.Thus, the attempts of the Armenian armed forces to capture the Azerbaijani army positions were resolutely prevented and no territorial loss was allowed.On July 14, Armenian military forces opened fire from large-caliber weaponry and artillery on the villages of Aghdam, Alibayli, and Dondar Gushchu. On that day, Maj-Gen Polad Hashimov, and Col Ilgar Mirzayev of the Azerbaijan Army, who were on the frontline, as well as five servicemen, were heroically martyred while preventing the enemy attack. This demonstrated to the world the true patriotism of the general and other high-ranking officers of the Azerbaijan army, who heroically performed their duties on the frontline.On the same day, retribution against the enemy was resumed. When the situation became tight, the opposing side, as is customary, began firing into the residential areas. A native of Tovuz's Aghdam village was killed as a result of artillery fire from Armenian troops.On July 17, the Tovuz area was relatively peaceful, but tensions remained as a whole.As a result of the Tovuz battles, 12 Azerbaijani military personnel and one civilian were killed. The engagements, however, were yet another demonstration of the Azerbaijani army's great expertise. Over 100 Armenian soldiers were killed and military equipment was destroyed by the Azerbaijani army units during the battles.The battles of July 2020 were one of the most crucial steps on the path to the Patriotic War, one of the most magnificent chapters in Azerbaijan's history. After these engagements, the valiant Azerbaijani Army, which conducted a large-scale counter-offensive operation to prevent the enemy's next provocation, destroyed the Armenian armed forces in the 44-day war and liberated the territories from occupation. Mehriban Aliyeva: I ask God's mercy for our martyrs, and wish strength and patience to their ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/226013.html Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:54:00 +0400 First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has made a post on her official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts on September 27-the Day of Remembrance.The post says: "I ask God's mercy for our martyrs, and wish strength and patience to their families." Türkiye condemns terrorist attack in Somalia, pledges solidarity http://www.today.az/news/regions/226001.html World news Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:18:00 +0400 By TrendTürkiye Foreign Ministry extended condolences to Somalia over the recent terrorist attack in Mogadishu on Sunday, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.In a statement, the ministry condemned the terrorist attack, which targeted the Dhagabadan military facility in the capital, in which scores of people lost their lives and were injured.The statement also said Türkiye will continue to support Somalia’s counterterrorism fight.At least 15 people lost their lives after a suicide bomber targeted the military facility in Mogadishu.Al-Shabab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack.Turkish-Somali relations have experienced great success over the years and as part of their strategy of cooperation, Türkiye has trained nearly one-third of the Somali military forces.In addition to military cooperation, the two countries also partner on health, education and other initiatives.Türkiye's vast aid effort at the height of the 2011 famine endeared it to many Somali people, and it has continued to pour in aid, much of it from private companies.Türkiye has built schools, hospitals and infrastructure and has provided Somalis with scholarships to study in Türkiye.Somalia was also the first country where the Maarif Foundation successfully made its foray, in a bid to replace schools once operated by the Gulenist Terror Group (FETO). Kazakhstan eyes exporting grain to Pakistan, Iran http://www.today.az/news/regions/226000.html World news Tue, 27 Sep 2022 08:11:00 +0400 By TrendThe restrictions on grain export have been lifted in Kazakhstan since September 10, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Trade and Integration Serik Zhumangarin told reporters after the government meeting, Trend reports via Kazakh media."We have enough grain. Besides, the Food Contract Corporation has purchased [grain for reserve], so we don’t experience threats [of grain deficit]," Zhumangarin said.He also answered the question to which countries Kazakh grain is planned to be sent."I had preparations for consultations with Pakistan and Iran. When we were in Samarkand, the Head of State [Kassym-Jomart Tokayev] held meetings with the presidents of Pakistan and Iran and gave specific instructions. Next week, we’ll hold talks about not only supplies [of grain], but also the expansion of transport logistics, and optimization of work intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation," the minister explained."There is a whole block of issues. We have big plans for exports because we were set with the task of doubling non-commodity exports," added Zhumangarin. Iranian currency rates for September 26 http://www.today.az/news/regions/225999.html World news Mon, 26 Sep 2022 23:18:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced an official rate of foreign currencies on September 26, Trend reports referring to CBI.According to the currency exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iran, 17 currencies increased and 19 have decreased in price, compared to September 24.According to CBI, $1 equals 42,000 Iranian rials and 1 euro equals 40,726 rials.CurrencyIranian rial on September 26Iranian rial on September 241 US dollarUSD42,00042,0001 British poundGBP45,58745,8671 Swiss francCHF42,80942,7971 Swedish kronaSEK3,7193,7311 Norwegian kroneNOK3,9463,9641 Danish kroneDKK5,4745,4901 Indian rupeeINR5185181 UAE dirhamAED11,43711,4371 Kuwaiti dinarKWD135,681135,676100 Pakistani rupeesPKR17,53117,536100 Japanese yensJPY29,20429,3361 Hong Kong dollarHKD5,3515,3511 Omani rialOMR109,147109,0801 Canadian dollarCAD30,87030,9261 New Zealand dollarNZD24,12724,2031 South African randZAR2,3462,3431 Turkish liraTRY2,2812,2811 Russian rubleRUB7267231 Qatari riyalQAR11,53911,539100 Iraq dinarsIQD2,8782,8811 Syrian poundSYP17171 Australian dollarAUD27,44627,4831 Saudi riyalSAR11,20011,2001 Bahraini dinarBHD111,701111,7011 Singapore dollarSGD29,35929,410100 Bangladeshi takasBDT41,13940,69910 Sri Lankan rupeesLKR1,1611,1541 Myanmar kyatMMK2120100 Nepalese rupeesNPR32,29932,3501 Libyan dinarLYD8,4038,3991 Chinese yuanCNY5,9145,892100 Thai bathsTHB111,891111,7911 Malaysian ringgitMYR9,1729,2161,000 South Korean wonsKRW29,53029,1741 Jordanian dinarJOD59,23859,2381 euroEUR40,72640,822100 Kazakh tengeKZT8,7168,7121 Georgian lariGEL14,84914,8691,000 Indonesian rupiahsIDR2,7882,7841 Afghan afghaniAFN4774761 Belarus rubleBYN16,62616,6681 Azerbaijani manatAZN24,70624,671100 Philippine pesosPHP71,47871,5121 Tajik somoniTJS4,2154,2131 Turkmen manatTMT11,97112,022In Iran, the official exchange rate is used for the import of some essential products.SANA system is a system introduced by the Central Bank of Iran to the currency exchange offices, where the price of 1 euro is 277,212 rials, and the price of $1 is 285,879 rials.NIMA is a system intended for the sale of a certain percentage of the foreign currency gained from export.The price of 1 euro in this system is 262,272 rials, and the price of $1 is 270,472 rials.On the black market, $1 is worth about 313,000-316,000 rials, while 1 euro is worth about 305,000-308,000 rials. Nephew of former Kazakh president Nazarbayev sentenced to jail http://www.today.az/news/regions/225998.html World news Mon, 26 Sep 2022 22:49:00 +0400 By TrendThe nephew of former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev was sentenced to six years in jail, Trend reports via Kazakh media.The Judge of the Baikonur District of Astana city Nurlan Bayakhmetov voiced the verdict."Kairat Satybaldyuly will be sentenced to six years in prison with confiscation of property, deprivation of the right to hold positions in the civil service, judges, local governments, in the National Bank, its departmental and state organizations, as well as in organizations in the authorized capital of which the state’s share is more than 50 percent, including in national management holdings and national companies, national development institutions, the shareholder of which is the state for a period of 10 years,” he stated.Kairat Satybaldyuly will serve his sentence in a medium security facility.The Anti-corruption Agency of Kazakhstan has previously completed a pre-trial investigation against Kairat Satybaldyuly and other persons on the facts of embezzlement of funds by Kazakhtelecom JSC and Center for Transport Service JSC on an especially large scale.The illegally acquired assets and funds of the defendants totaling more than 240 billion tenge ($500 million) were returned to the state. In relation to Satybaldyuly, criminal cases were additionally investigated on the facts of tax and customs evasion, legalization of criminal proceeds. Oil prices fall on fuel demand fears sparked by recession concerns http://www.today.az/news/regions/225997.html World news Mon, 26 Sep 2022 22:14:00 +0400 By TrendOil prices fell for a second day on Monday on fears of lower fuel demand from an expected global recession sparked by rising worldwide interest rates and as a surging U.S. dollar limits the ability of non-dollar consumers to purchase crude, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.Brent crude futures for November settlement slipped 54 cents, or 0.63%, to $85.61 a barrel at 0511 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for November delivery dropped 48 cents, or 0.61%, to $78.26.Both contracts slumped around 5% on Friday to their lowest since January.The dollar index that measures the greenback against a basket of major currencies climbed to a 20-year high on Monday.A stronger greenback tends to curtail demand for dollar-denominated oil since buyers using other currencies must spend more to buy crude.Central banks in numerous oil-consuming countries, including the United States, the world's biggest crude user, have raised interest rates to fight surging inflation which has led to concerns the tightening could trigger an economic slowdown."A backdrop of global monetary policy tightening by the key central banks to quell elevated inflation, and a splendid run-up in the greenback towards more than two-decade highs has raised concerns about an economic slowdown and is acting as a key headwind for crude prices," said Sugandha Sachdeva, vice president of commodity research at Religare Broking.Sachdeva expects WTI prices could find a floor at $75 a barrel, while for Brent $80 will act as a cushion.The chief executive officer of energy trader Vitol, Russell Hardy, said that fuel shipments are being affected with Russian oil products expected to flow to Asia and the Middle East while supplies from their go to Europe.Additionally, Hardy told an oil conference in Singapore that more than a million barrels per day (bpd) of U.S. crude is expected to go to Europe to fill the gap in Russian supplies.The head of Colombian state energy company Ecopetrol said at the same conference that it has been selling more oil to Europe, replacing Russian supplies, while it sees growing competition for market share in Asia.Attention is turning to what the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies led by Russia, together called OPEC+, may do when they meet on Oct. 5, after agreeing to cut output modestly at their last meeting.But, since OPEC+ is producing well below its targeted output, any announced cut may not have much impact on supply.Data last week showed OPEC+ missed its target by 3.58 million bpd in August, a bigger shortfall than in July. Georgia records sharp increase in remittance inflows from Kyrgyzstan http://www.today.az/news/regions/225996.html World news Mon, 26 Sep 2022 21:47:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgia recorded a sharp increase in remittance inflows from Kyrgyzstan in August 2022, Trend on Friday with reference to the National Bank of Georgia.According to the bank, money transfers from Kyrgyzstan to Georgia in August 2022 amounted to $13.5 million, which is 7.5 times more than in the same period last year ($1.8 million).Thus, Kyrgyzstan ranked 8th in terms of money transfers to Georgia in August 2022.Russia ranked first among countries in the world in terms of remittances to Georgia in the reporting month, with $110.9 million. Followed by Italy ($36.5 million) and the US ($29.2 million).Overall, the total amount of money transfers to Georgia in August this year amounted to $334.2 million, which is 63.1 percent more than the same month in 2021 ($204.8 million). Kazakhstan and EU aim to increase number of flights http://www.today.az/news/regions/225995.html World news Mon, 26 Sep 2022 21:15:00 +0400 By TrendKazakhstan and the EU aim to increase the number of flights, Trend reports citing Civil Aviation Committee of Kazakhstan.This issues was discussed during the meeting of Chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee Talgat Lastayev with Head of Cooperation of EU Delegation to Kazakhstan Johannes Baur.Thus, both sides held discussions on the current issues of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU in the field of civil aviation such as continuing integration processes, increasing number of flights and expanding the geography of flights.Currently, regular international flights from Kazakhstan to six countries of the European Union (the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy, Greece and the UK) are being carried out on eight routes with a frequency of 28 flights per week. Kyrgyzstan and Maldives sign agreement on establishment of visa-free regime http://www.today.az/news/regions/225994.html World news Mon, 26 Sep 2022 20:43:00 +0400 By TrendMinister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Jeenbek Kulubaev met with his Maldivian counterpart Abdullah Shahid on September 23, Trend reports citing the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry's press service.During the meeting on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Kulubaev and Shahid signed an agreement on the establishment of a visa-free regime between Kyrgyzstan and Maldives.According to the agreement, citizens of Kyrgyzstan and Maldives who hold general civil passports as well as diplomatic, service, and official passports are exempt from visa requirements for entry, exit, transit, and temporary stays of up to 30 days in the territory of both states.Meanwhile, Shahid noted that the signing of this agreement will facilitate business and investment opportunities between Maldives and Kyrgyzstan. ADB approves new project to support development of Kyrgyz economy http://www.today.az/news/regions/225993.html World news Mon, 26 Sep 2022 20:17:00 +0400 By TrendThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $50-million project to improve the development of Kyrgyz economy, Trend reports citing the ADB's press service.Within the framework of this project, which consists of a $25 million grant and a $25 million concessional loan, the ADB will assist Kyrgyzstan in becoming more resilient to external shocks."This program will help create an enabling environment for expanding the product and export base of Kyrgyzstan’s economy. The reforms will improve economic opportunities through boosting trade, access to finance, and facilitating the growth of export-oriented businesses," ADB's Public Management Specialist Bobir Gafurov said.In addition, he also underlined that this project will support efforts to strengthen fiscal management and the social protection system.Notably, since 1994 the Asian Development Bank has allocated more than $1.3 billion for the implementation of development projects in Kyrgyzstan Iran reveals COVID-19 data for September 26 http://www.today.az/news/regions/225992.html World news Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:49:00 +0400 By TrendAs many as 308 people have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours in Iran, reads the statement of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran, Trend reports.In addition, 8 people have died from the coronavirus over the past day.At the same time, the condition of 172 people remains critical.So far, more than 54 million tests have been conducted in Iran for the diagnosis of coronavirus.In total, about 155 million doses of vaccines have been used in Iran so far. A total of 65 million doses have been used in the first stage, 58.4 million doses - in the second stage, and 31.1 million doses – in the third stage.Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from Iranian officials, over 7.54 million people have been infected, and 144,402 people have already died.Meanwhile, over 7.32 million people have reportedly recovered from the disease. The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread of the virus.Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease. The Islamic Republic announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. Azerbaijan's ASCO makes new appointments to board http://www.today.az/news/business/225991.html Business Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:15:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) CJSC has made two new appointments to the board, the company told Trend.Following the changes, Zaur Naghiyev and Tariyel Mirzoyev have been appointed to the posts of deputy chairmen of ASCO.Naghiyev was appointed Deputy Chairman for Legal Affairs, Human Resources and International Relations, while Mirzoyev – was Deputy Chairman for Strategic Development and Investment Projects.The ASCO Management Board is chaired by Rauf Valiyev. Azerbaijan confirms 35 more COVID-19 cases, 76 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/225990.html Society Mon, 26 Sep 2022 18:35:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 35 new COVID-19 cases, 76 patients have recovered, and no patient has died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 820,858 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 809,673 of them have recovered, and 9,903 people have died. Currently, 1,282 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 1,973 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 7,238,737 tests have been conducted so far.No one was vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan over the past 24 hours.Totally, up until now, 13,886,579 vaccine doses were administered, 5,380,579 citizens received the first dose of the vaccine, 4,866,941 people – the second dose, 3,377,614 people – the third dose and the next doses.Besides, 261,445 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19. 'Memorial day' marks very important page in modern history of Azerbaijan - ombudsman http://www.today.az/news/politics/226002.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 18:23:00 +0400 By Trend'Memorial day' is a very important page in the modern history of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Ombudsman Sabina Aliyeva told Trend.She noted that the announcement of September 27 as 'Memorial Day' has a special meaning. The victory in second Karabakh war, which united the entire Azerbaijani people into a unified force led to the creation of opportunities for establishment of peace and development of the entire region.The reason for this victory was Azerbaijani Armed Forces under the leadership of the Victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief President of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, who showed great heroism in battles. Conditions were created for the return of Azerbaijani internally displaced persons to their native lands, for which they yearned for many years, and today the country is experiencing the joy of the 'Great Return'."May Allah rest the souls of Azerbaijani martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the name of restoring the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, I wish their families patience. Azerbaijan will always be proud of its martyrs, Azerbaijani people will always honor their memory. I also want to honor the memories of civilians that became martyrs as a result of grave crimes, committed by Armenia, including the memory of children who died. Armenia must answer for these crimes, committed against the civilian population, for the violation of the requirements of the IV Geneva Convention," Aliyeva said.She stressed that it's a moral duty for the entire Azerbaijan to take care of the families of martyrs, as well as heroic veterans of Azerbaijan. President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva pay special attention to caring for the families of martyrs and veterans, which is an important task for state structures."After the end of the second Karabakh war, Azerbaijan also expanded its activities in this direction, created a new sector related to the protection of the rights of families of martyrs and war veterans. Azerbaijan pays special attention to their appeals. Actions are being taken in the regions to provide medical and psychological assistance to family members of martyrs and war veterans, to provide them with support," she added.Moreover, Azerbaijani ombudsman emphasized that from the moment of gaining independence to the present day, Azerbaijan has been suffering from the policy of aggression and ethnic hatred of Armenia. Armenia has committed many international crimes against Azerbaijan, such as military aggression, genocide, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, environmental crimes, destruction and desecration of historical, religious, cultural monuments, mining of territories, the use of mercenaries, attacks on civilians using prohibited weapons."At the same time, during the occupation, a policy of illegal resettlement was carried out in the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan, Armenians from Armenia, as well as from Lebanon and Syria were illegally settled in houses belonging to Azerbaijanis. When, in accordance with the trilateral statement dated November 10, 2020, Armenians left Azerbaijani occupied lands, and also recently, when they left Lachin villages of Zabukh and Sus, Azerbaijan witnessed manifestations of hatred policy by Armenia. Among them - damage to flora and fauna, arson and desecration of houses," Aliyeva stated."Azerbaijan, even in the period after the cease of fire, suffered losses as a result of mine explosions, laid by Armenian troops. Each of these crimes is a violation of human rights and freedoms. Numerous fundamental rights of the Azerbaijani people have been violated, and the requirements of international law are not being observed. Azerbaijani government continues to work to inform the world community about these facts, to bring Armenia to justice for its crimes," she said.Aliyeva reminded that Ombudsman's office made several statements in connection with Armenian provocation."The fact that the Armenian Armed Forces constantly carry out provocations against Azerbaijan in the post-war period causes serious concern. During the suppression of a large-scale Armenian provocation undertaken on the night of September 12 in the Dashkasan, Kalbajar, Lachin, Zangilan directions, Azerbaijani servicemen became martyrs, there were also wounded. At the same time, two of Azerbaijani civilians were wounded," she said.Azerbaijan appealed to relevant international organizations diplomatic representatives in connection with the large-scale provocation committed by Armenia. The country also appealed to world community to respond harshly to the actions of Armenia that threaten the establishment of fear and sustainable peace in the region.According to Aliyeva, the attack of Armenia created a serious threat to lives and well being of people and violated many fundamental rights. Fist of all, these actions are evidence of disrespect for international legal norms, as well as the requirements of trilateral statements signed by Armenian PM.In addition, Azerbaijan has repeatedly addressed the international community in connection with the issue of Armenia's failure to provide accurate maps of minefields. The mine threat delays the process of returning Azerbaijani citizens to their native lands liberated from occupation, and also leads to the death and disability of people. However, during this time, the Armenian Armed Forces repeatedly made new attempts to mine these territories."Azerbaijan believes that ethnic hatred towards Azerbaijan is behind this policy in general. The attacks of the Armenian communities on Azerbaijani diplomatic missions abroad under the guise of 'peaceful actions', the sounding of various slogans and attempts to commit acts of vandalism is the evidence of this. Azerbaijan expressed its opinion to the international community in connection with these attacks, and also called on the countries in which country's diplomatic missions are located to ensure the safety of embassies and diplomats. Such attacks must be prevented in accordance with the obligations assumed by host states under international law," she added.Aliyeva stressed the importance of international support to Azerbaijan, saying that Armenia's hostilities should be strongly condemned at the time when Azerbaijan starts the process of 'Great return' and implements comprehensive construction work on the territories destroyed during the occupation."Thus, after second Karabakh war very important opportunities appeared for establishing peace in the region. It was also beneficial for the Armenian side, its people. However, it's very unfortunate that Armenia not only neglected peaceful initiatives, but also demonstrated its destructive intentions through numerous provocations," she stated."Although Azerbaijani people suffered for about 30 years from the consequences of the occupation policy of Armenia, no decisive measures were taken against it at the international level. New reality has emerged in the region, the relevant international structures, having demonstrated a fair approach, should condemn the provocations of Armenia that threaten the lives of people, and contribute to the process of establishment of peace in the South Caucasus region. The structure of ombudsman institution will continue to make the necessary contribution in this direction, which is a priority in its activities," Aliyeva said.Azerbaijani Ombudsman expressed hope that leadership of Armenia will draw lessons from recent events and make efforts towards peace and coexistence, and the international community will support Azerbaijan in its peace efforts. Azerbaijani diaspora holds media campaign against Armenian provocations in New York http://www.today.az/news/politics/225989.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliAzerbaijanis in New York arranged an information campaign against military provocations and the aggressive policy of Armenia against Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani State Committee on Work with Diaspora said.During the campaign, a car with an LED screen, which displayed Azerbaijani realities, moved around the Manhattan district, the historical center of the metropolis.The screen displayed slogans, such as ‘Azerbaijan wants peace, Armenia wants war!’, ‘Armenia distorts facts, deceives international community!’, ‘Armenian mines are war crimes!’, ‘Armenia destroyed the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan in Armenia!’, ‘Armenian mines kill civilian population’ and images covering these topics.The campaign, which aimed to draw the attention of the urban public to the military provocations of Armenia, was organized by the Azerbaijani Women of America Association, and Azerbaijani Cultural Center in New York City, which are member organizations of the Azerbaijanis Coordination Council in America.To recap, units of the Armenian armed forces carried out large-scale provocations along the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border in the Dashkasan, Kalbajar, and Lachin directions on the night of September 12 leading to 13. The Armenian sabotage groups mined land and supply roads linking the positions of the Azerbaijani army units in different directions, taking advantage of the area's steep topography and existing ravine gaps.The clashes between the sides ensued as a result of the urgent efforts made by the Azerbaijani armed forces to quell these activities. As a result, 79 armed forces personnel were killed, the ministry detailed.So far, the Armenian government reported 207 losses among its own military personnel. Moreover, 293 soldiers and three civilians were wounded, and 20 soldiers were taken as prisoners. National football team wins match against Kazakhstan http://www.today.az/news/sports/225988.html Sports Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Azerbaijan national football team has won a match against Kazakhstan in UEFA Nations League C - Group 3 game, Azernews reports, citing Azertac.Alexandr Marochkin, Filip Ozobic, and Anatoliy Nuriyev scored three goals for the national team.As for now, the Azerbaijani national team ranks second in the group with ten points.Earlier, the national football team beat the Slovakian team with a score of 2:1.Renat Dadashov and Hojat Hagverdi scored for the national team while Eric Jirka scored a goal for Slovakia from a penalty kick.The UEFA Nations League is a biennial international football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the UEFA's member associations, the sport's European governing body.The first tournament started in September 2018, following the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The four group winners from League A qualified for the finals played in Portugal in June 2019.According to the approved format, some 54 UEFA national teams are divided into four leagues: 12 teams in League A, 12 teams in League B, 14 teams in League C, and 16 teams in League D. In each league, four groups were formed (with three or four teams) and teams played each other both home and away games. "Greetings to Shusha" project to unite poets & writers from 30 countries http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/225986.html Arts & Entertainment Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAn international poetry project "Greetings to Shusha" has been presented at the Union of Azerbaijani Writers, Azernews reports, citing Azertac.Initiated by the Natavan poetry club, the project unites 44 well-known writers and poets from 30 countries, who will recite poems about Shusha, the cradle of the Azerbaijani culture.Eight poets will represent Azerbaijan at the project co-organized jointly by the Culture Ministry, the Union of Azerbaijani Writers, and Space TV Channel.Speaking at the project presentation, the secretary of the Azerbaijani Union of Writers, poet-publicist Salim Babullaoglu, provided insight into the project.Every day a poem by a foreign writer will be broadcast on Space TV starting from September 27 until November 8, a day which entered history as Azerbaijan's victory in the Second Karabakh War.Chairman of Union of Writers, People's Writer Anar noted that the Union has always been at the center of events since the beginning of the Karabakh War. He said that the Writers' Union will continue its work on conveying Azerbaijan's fair position to the international community.The first secretary of the Azerbaijani Union of Writers, People's Writer Chingiz Abdullayev, pointed out that the writings of poets and writers remain in history forever.Head of Space TV Mushfiq Hatamov said that the poetry project will take a special place in informing the world about Azerbaijan's righteous case. He pointed out that telling the truths in the language of poets from different countries will once again prove to the whole world that Karabakh is Azerbaijan.In his speech, the head of the Culture Ministry Book Industry Department, Akif Marifli, touched upon the Culture Ministry's work done after the liberation of Azerbaijan's territories from the Armenian occupation."We are trying to convey the truths of Karabakh through the language of culture. This project will help to form the right image of Karabakh in the minds of the peoples of the world," he concluded.The poetry project, to be held within the Year of Shusha, will last until November 8. Uzbekistan studies Azerbaijan's innovation ecosystem, projects in space sector http://www.today.az/news/business/225985.html Business Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:16:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadA delegation from Uzbekistan's Innovative Development Ministry visited Azerbaijan, Azernews reports.The visit, aimed at familiarization and short-term experience exchange, took place within the framework of a memorandum of understanding, signed between Azerbaijan's Digital Development and Transport Ministry and Uzbekistan's Innovative Development Ministry.Uzbek experts visited the office of Azerbaijan's Digital Development and Transport Ministry and its subordinate agencies from September 15 to 22.During the familiarization with Azercosmos Main Ground Satellite Control Center, the delegation was provided with detailed information on Azerbaijan’s telecommunications and Earth observation satellites, as well as promising projects in the space sector.Moreover, the Uzbek experts also visited the Innovation and Digital Development Agency, where they were informed in detail about Azerbaijan’s innovation ecosystem, including startup support mechanisms.Diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan were established on October 2, 1995. The embassy of Azerbaijan in Uzbekistan was established in August 1996, while the embassy of Uzbekistan in Azerbaijan was opened in July 1998.The friendly relations between the two countries are based on shared values ??and historical ties, as well as a number of joint statements and agreements signed during bilateral visits and meetings.The volume of trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan amounted to $111.9 million in 2021. Foreign citizen calling for murdering judges in Ganja case detained http://www.today.az/news/society/225987.html Society Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:01:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliA foreign citizen calling for murdering judges in the Ganja case has been detained, Azernews reports, citing Azerbaijani State Security Service.According to the service, as a result of comprehensive operational and investigative measures into the criminal case, initiated under Article 214-2 (open calls for terrorism) of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code, it was established that a foreign citizen, Muhandis Bayramov, has made a post on Facebook with photos of judges, who had sentenced people in connection with the riots in the city of Ganja, calling for their murder. Bayramov was put on the wanted list.As a result of the measures taken by the State Security Service, he was detained and arrested, and the investigation of the criminal case against him was completed and sent to the court for consideration.On July 10, 2018, a group of religious radicals committed acts of violence aimed at disrupting public order, accompanied by riots, armed resistance to government officials, inflicting bodily injuries of varying severity on them, and deliberately killing two police officers.In connection with the information received by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan into this case, an appropriate investigation was carried out by the State Security Service. Azerbaijan, Belarus keen to boost cooperation in ICT http://www.today.az/news/business/225984.html Business Mon, 26 Sep 2022 16:53:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan and Belarus are interested in developing cooperation in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, Azernews reports.The remarks were made at a meeting between Belarus Communications and Informatization Minister Konstantin Shulgan and Azerbaijani Ambassador Ulvi Baxshaliyev, aimed at discussing the prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation in the ICT sector.During the meeting, the parties also discussed the expansion of constructive cooperation, including mutual participation in various international events.Moreover, they discussed the issues of the organization of joint activities in connection with the approaching 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which will be celebrated in 2023.Diplomatic relations between the countries were established on June 11, 1993. The two countries are cooperating in various sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, transport, remote sensing services, etc.The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Belarus amounted to $424.4 million, with the exports accounting for $295.5 million and imports for $128.9 million in 2021.Railway passenger coaches, fiberboard of wood, butter, medicaments, furniture, wood sawn or chipped lengthwise, beef, electric transformers, and cheese are the primary export goods to Azerbaijan. From Azerbaijan, Belarus imports polymers of propylene, tomatoes, nuts, fresh fruits, fruit and vegetable juices, and others. Minister: Entire Azerbaijan to have high-speed broadband internet by 2024 http://www.today.az/news/business/225983.html Business Mon, 26 Sep 2022 16:34:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe entire territory of Azerbaijan will have high-speed broadband internet by 2024, Digital Development and Transport Minister Rashad Nabiyev said, Azernews reports.He made the remarks at the ministerial roundtable on “Building a better digital future for all”, before the next International Telecommunication Union Conference, which will be held in Bucharest, Romania from September 26 to October 14.Speaking at the event, the minister noted that favorable conditions for public-private partnerships have been created in Azerbaijan to develop the appropriate infrastructure for digital transformation in remote areas of the country.“Thanks to ongoing projects, it’s planned to provide the entire territory of the country with high-speed broadband internet by 2024,” he said.He added that special attention is also paid to the development of efficient mobile internet networks and mobile communications.The event was attended by representatives from about 40 countries, including Azerbaijan, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Korea, Spain, Portugal, and Sweden.The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a specialized UN agency for information and communications technologies (ICT), with which Azerbaijan closely cooperates. Founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, the union allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. Army’s commando units hold graduation ceremony http://www.today.az/news/politics/225982.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 16:14:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovThe Azerbaijani Army Commando Initial Courses have conducted a graduation ceremony under the training plan for 2022, Azernews reports, citing the Defense Ministry.Following the official formalities, Maj-Gen Vasif Kazimov conveyed the military leadership’s congratulations to the personnel and wished the servicemen success in their future endeavors.Certificates and berets were presented to personnel, who completed the training. Finally, the military troops marched by the podium. Activities are underway to improve the combat capabilities of both troops and military units, the ministry stressed.On June 26, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening ceremony of a new commando military unit as part of his visit to Kalbajar District. This was the second commando military unit commissioned in the liberated regions, following the one founded in Hadrut on December 24, 2021.Earlier, Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan would create many commando brigades across the country. President Aliyev described the creation of the commando brigade unit in Hadrut as a significant event of strategic importance.Experts described the creation of commando brigades in Azerbaijan as a new stage in the national army building. It was also assessed as a clear message for supporters of revanchist ideas in Armenia.Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani army is going to hold a number of events on the occasion of Remembrance Day on September 27, the ministry said in a separate report.Under the approved plan, the ministry's leadership along with other servicemen will pay respect to the memory of the 44-war (2020) martyrs (shahids) by visiting the Alley of Honor and the Alleys of Martyrs, as well as the graves of the martyrs.Documentaries, films, images, and book exhibitions related to the 44-day Patriotic War will be displayed for troops as part of the commemoration events.The events will focus on the historical importance of the valiant Azerbaijan army's magnificent triumph, the bravery and heroism of the war participants, and the martyrs' immortal remembrance.The military personnel will also pay visits to the martyrs' families and servicemen who were injured in the war, the ministry said. Azerbaijani president endorses rules for maintaining media registry http://www.today.az/news/politics/225981.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 15:59:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has approved the "rules for maintaining media registry".to be updated Caucasus Islamic Army: Savior of nation http://www.today.az/news/politics/225973.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 15:54:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovIn 2022, Baku sees the 104th anniversary of Armenian-Bolshevik bandit groupsLegendary commander Nuri Pasha at the helm of Caucasus Islamic Army (CIA)The CIA plays a crucial role in the formation of proper institutions of the new state amid chaos in the regionAzerbaijan cherishes the contribution & services of the CIA to the establishment of the first democratic republic in the eastAzerbaijan marked the 104th anniversary of Baku's liberation from the occupation of the Armenian and Bolshevik bandit groups by the Caucasus Islamic Army on September 15.On September 15, 1918, the Caucasus Islamic Army, led by Nuri Pasha (1889-1949), entered Baku together with units of the national army of the newly-established Azerbaijani Democratic Republic (1918-1920), liberated the city from the Armenian-Bolshevik invaders at the expense of thousands of martyrs, and played an unparalleled historical role in establishing the city as the capital of Azerbaijan.All in all, 1,132 fighters of the Caucasus Islamic Army became martyrs during the liberation of Baku.At that point, when the city was liberated, the independence of Azerbaijan was just declared, and no official institutions were functional yet. The newly-found republic without Baku amid the savage conflict of interests and the geopolitical war for the country's rich resources was described by the republic's founders as a headless body.Azerbaijan restored its territorial integrity by standing side by side with its brothers of blood and faith, putting an end to the chaos, violence, looting, and persecution in Baku, as well as other regions. The entire nation, including the capital city, was awash in victory.The liberation of Baku on September 15, 1918, marked the culmination of the Ottoman army's advance into the Caucasus, which was an unprecedented historical event. The Caucasus Islamic Army was established, without seeking any material or political gain, to free the Azerbaijani people from the oppression of the period's ruthless murderers, who had no mercy for young people, women, or the elderly.The Caucasus Islamic Army was formed towards the end of the First World War (1914-1918). Nuri Pasha Killigil, the unit's commander, was given the responsibility of serving as the Ottoman state's principal representative in the Caucasus at the start of the army-building process.The military unit was named The Caucasus Islamic Army, since it had not any non-Muslims among the personnel and the army’s sole purpose was to provide military support to the Azerbaijani Turks and Caucasus Muslims in their efforts to repel invasions and defend their homelands from aggressions against innocent populations.The army led by Nuri Pasha entered Nakhchivan on May 16 and Ganja on May 25, 1918. Three days later, the Declaration of Independence of Azerbaijan was adopted in Tbilisi, and Ganja became the capital of the first democratic republic in the Islamic world.The ADR administration was dealing with a number of serious issues. First and foremost, the nation's territorial integrity had to be established. To do this, it was necessary to terminate the revolutionary gangs' authority, which fundamentally served the Armenian Dashnak mindset.Taking into account all these challenges, the Ottoman Empire and the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic signed the Batumi Agreement on June 4, 1918, to eliminate all threats. According to the agreement's fourth clause, the Ottoman government agreed to provide military assistance to Azerbaijan at the request of the latter’s government to uphold internal order.The signed agreement served as a basis for the Caucasus Islamic Army's march to Baku. The army, led by Nuri Pasha, and the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic's soldiers defeated the enemy forces in Goychay, Salyan, and other areas before quickly moving into Baku. The Centrocaspian Dictatorship, founded by the Dashnaks and Mensheviks that seized control of Baku, received an ultimatum from the army on August 1, 1918.Since the ultimatum was not fulfilled, on the night of September 14, an attack was organized by Nuri Pasha, and the next day at around 1500 hours, the triumph firework was let off. Nuri Pasha made his mark on history as the leader of one of the three Ottoman victories (together with the victories at Canakkale and Kutul Amara) in the First World War, as well as the creator of the national idea that won the hearts of Azerbaijanis.The memory of Nuri Pasha and the valor of the Caucasus Islamic Army was commemorated with special respect in Azerbaijan, which regained its independence in 1991.The memorial erected in the Alley of Martyrs in honor of the Caucasus Islamic Army serves as the clearest embodiment of this reverence. This monument is a piece of art that represents the importance of the "one nation, two states" concept in the country's recent history and the determination that is crucial for the implementation of its long-term objectives. Azerbaijan sends draft law on increasing amount of VAT refunds to consumers to Cabinet of Ministers http://www.today.az/news/business/225978.html Business Mon, 26 Sep 2022 15:34:00 +0400 By TrendA draft law on increasing the number of VAT refunds to consumers has been sent to the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan, Deputy head of State Tax Service under the Ministry of Economy Samira Musayeva told Trend."The draft law defines rules related to the increase of the number of VAT refunds to consumers," she said.During the meeting of Azerbaijani Parliament's (Milli Majlis) Committee on Economic Policy, Industry and Entrepreneurship Musayeva stated that it's planned to increase the number of VAT refunds to consumers next year.She stressed that the purpose of this was to encourage cashless payments.Currently, the amount of the VAT refund is 15 percent for cashless payments and 10 percent for cash payments.More than 305.5 million manat ($179.7 million) was returned to consumers registered on the '?DV geri al' portal for 732.1 million cash receipts until September 2022. And more than 133.6 million manat ($78.5 million) was returned on 303.8 million cash receipts only from January through August 2022. Top diplomat: Zangazur corridor to be fastest land connection between China, Southern Europe http://www.today.az/news/politics/225977.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 15:19:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has said that the Zangazur Corridor will provide the shortest land connection between China and Southern Europe, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.Bayramov made the remarks at the 46th annual ministerial meeting of the G77 and China Group at the UN on the topic entitled "Eliminating food, fuel and financial crises and ways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals" on September 23.Addressing the conference attended by foreign ministers of 134 countries, Bayramov emphasized the importance of global solidarity and cooperation in the fight against food, fuel, and financial crises, as well as in eliminating their consequences.He stressed that the G77 can contribute to the consolidation of joint efforts, as well as the strengthening of solidarity, and cooperation by promoting the UN’s central position in the fight against the mentioned global problems.Despite being a relatively new member of the G77, Azerbaijan tries to actively contribute to the work of this group. In this regard, as the acting chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Azerbaijan is trying to establish effective interaction between the NAM and the G77, Bayramov stressed.The minister highlighted that new regional realities have emerged as a result of the restoration of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity following the conflict with Armenia.Bayramov underlined that the transportation junction to be established by the restoration of communications and the implementation of the Zangazur corridor will provide the shortest land route between China and Southern Europe.He recalled that Azerbaijan has provided international humanitarian, technical and financial assistance to over 80 developing countries in solving the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to provide its support as one of the reliable partners of the South-South cooperation. ADB supports Azerbaijan's will to switch to green economy - ADB’s ?hief economist http://www.today.az/news/business/225976.html Business Mon, 26 Sep 2022 14:59:00 +0400 By TrendAsian Development Bank (ADB) appreciates Azerbaijan’s efforts in shifting to a green economy, ADB’s Chief Economist Albert Park told Trend."ADB is very keen to help address the challenges of climate change. We encourage countries we work with to put priority on greening their economies by shifting to renewable energy resources. We are working in Azerbaijan to support projects in renewables and support the government in its green strategy. Azerbaijan has been dependent on fossil fuels for a long time, but we see a political will in the country to switch to a green economy, and we see positive developments," he said.According to the chief economist, ADB expects that Azerbaijan’s economic growth in the current year will be more than 4 percent, with a slight slowdown in 2023. As for the inflation rate, the Bank expects it to be double digits in 2022."Azerbaijan is in a better position than most countries, due to the increase in budget revenue. The goal in Azerbaijan is to look beyond the current situation and prioritize longer-term objectives. The main goal is to diversify from oil revenue as the main source of economic production, and there are some promising signs. It looks like non-oil activities have been growing rapidly lately. And there are plans to set up new industrial parks and support non-oil production in different ways. This is a correct orientation," he added. Azerbaijani FM discusses regional security, multifaceted co-op with counterparts in New York http://www.today.az/news/politics/225975.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 14:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has discussed regional security, as well as multifaceted cooperation with his counterparts on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.SloveniaDuring a meeting with his Slovenian counterpart Tanja Fajon in New York, Bayramov stressed the importance of the two nations' political and economic cooperation, emphasizing the need to explore the potential for growing partnerships in economic, investment, tourism, and other sectors.The minister briefed the opposite side on the history of Armenia's aggression towards Azerbaijan, its provocations in the post-conflict period, and the large-scale mine threats in the region.Noting that Azerbaijan and Slovenia have good relations, Fajon expressed a desire in developing cooperation in the economic and energy sectors. She emphasized the need for expanding Slovenia's cooperation with Azerbaijan in the demining field as well.AlbaniaBayramov and his Albanian colleague Olta Xhacka met in New York to discuss the present state and prospects of bilateral ties between Azerbaijan and Albania, as well as regional issues.Bayramov expressed pleasure with the advancement of the Azerbaijan-Albania bilateral ties in a variety of spheres. The significance of high-level political engagement and interactions between the two nations for increasing bilateral cooperation was emphasized.Bayramov underlined the importance of the Southern Gas Corridor, adding that cooperation in the energy field is one of the main directions of Azerbaijan-Albania relations.Furthermore, the Azerbaijani top diplomat informed the opposing party of Armenia's recent provocation, noting that it was a flagrant violation of the trilateral statements, as well as the agreements reached by the Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders under the auspices of European Union Council President Charles Michel, undermining the EU's mediation efforts.In reply, the Albanian minister stated that his nation is interested in expanding the relations with Azerbaijan.She expressed pleasure with the Azerbaijani-Albanian cooperation within international institutions, emphasizing that it is critical to maintaining dialogue on international and regional problems of mutual importance.The meeting also discussed the opportunities for extending cooperation in economic, trade, energy, investment, tourism, and other spheres, as well as the further development of political relations between the two nations.AndorraDuring his visit to New York, Bayramov met with Andorran Foreign Minister Maria Ubach i Font to discuss the future of bilateral ties.Bayramov said that diplomatic relations between the two nations are flourishing, adding that Azerbaijan is interested in cooperating with Andorra in a variety of fields, including tourism and education. During the meeting, the minister informed the other party about the post-conflict situation in the South Caucasus.Font expressed her satisfaction with Azerbaijan-Andorra relations, calling for the expansion of cooperation within the relevant forums at a number of international organizations.The minister stressed that Andorran companies are keen on cooperating with Azerbaijan due to the country's favorable business environment. Fikrat Amirov's music finds great favor with Italians http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/225974.html Arts & Entertainment Mon, 26 Sep 2022 14:13:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaRussian pianist Olga Domnina has performed a gala concert dedicated to Azerbaijan's eminent composer, founder of the symphonic mugham genre Fikrat Amirov, Azernews reports, citing Trend Life.The concert, which took place at the Tor Bella Monaca Theater in Rome, was organized with the support of the Azerbaijan Culture Ministry.The pianist fascinated the audience with pieces of music by Fikrat Amirov, Gara Garayev, and Faraj Garayev.Fikrat Amirov's 12 Miniature, Gara Garayev's 24 Preludes for Piano, and Faraj Garayev's Monsieur Bee Line performed as an encore, were met enthusiastically among music lovers.Azerbaijani music did not leave the sophisticated listeners of the Italian capital.Olga Domnina is a laureate of many international competitions. She is a graduate of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and the London Royal Academy of Music.Along with solo concerts, she performs with chamber and symphony orchestras on world stages.The pianist's interest in Azerbaijani music is so great that she is called a promoter of Azerbaijani music. Olga Domnina has been living in Sicily for over 10 years.The Philharmonic of Modena (Italy) will celebrate Fikrat Amirov's centennial on November 26.The concert program will feature works by Fikrat Amirov, Dmitri Shostakovich, Gara Garayev, Faraj Garayev, and other authors. Europe needs Azerbaijan more than ever - thanks to President Ilham Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/225979.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 13:52:00 +0400 As winter approaches, the gas issue starts to further puzzle Europe. Sanctions imposed on Russian energy imports in connection with the war in Ukraine have further increased the EU's need for Azerbaijani gas. Considering the statements of a number of large countries-exporters on the impossibility of aiding Europe with gas supplies, the importance of Azerbaijan as a provider of Europe's collective energy security vastly increases. This became possible thanks to the thoughtful foreign policy and successful energy strategy of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The head of state’s principled approach to the system of international relations, his strategic vision, and his balanced political course have turned Azerbaijan into one of the most reliable energy partners of Europe.The contemporary world energy map does not have only economic importance but is also of great value in terms of influencing the formation of new political configurations. Satisfaction with modern economic requirements is closely connected with the rapid development of the industry. Therefore, no matter how much talk there is about alternative energy sources, world countries are still facing a serious need for oil and gas. This reality encourages large energy consumers, in particular, European countries, to establish mutually effective and long-term partnerships with energy producers. In this sense, Azerbaijan, with about 70% of its territory containing oil and gas reserves, holds a unique position.The development of partnering relations with the European Union is one of the main priorities of Azerbaijan's foreign policy. The EU remains Azerbaijan's main trading partner. Our country accounts for 2/3 of the trade turnover between the countries of the South Caucasus and the EU. Among the EU countries, Azerbaijan's largest trading partners are Italy ($1.445 billion or 30.5%), Germany ($768.7 million or 16.25%), and Britain ($449.71 million or 9.5%). The EU mainly exports machinery and transport equipment to Azerbaijan, while the key share of Azerbaijan's exports to the EU is oil and gas products.Currently, a third of the EU member states consider Azerbaijan as their strategic partner, which is no small achievement for a country that is not part of the European Union. At the same time, it creates additional opportunities for wider cooperation. It is no coincidence that today Azerbaijan is considered one of the most reliable suppliers of energy resources to Europe. The existence of a long-term, predictable and trusting relationship of cooperation in the field of energy between Azerbaijan and the EU is of great importance not only for the region but also in a more global sense."The partnership between the European Union and Azerbaijan is not cooperation based mainly on financial support. On the contrary, it is a partnership based on the desire to work together, innovation, technological exchange, and economic cooperation," EU Council President Charles Michel said during last year's joint press conference with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku.On July 18, President Ilham Aliyev and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen signed a Memorandum of Understanding on strategic partnership in the energy sector. In his speech at the signing ceremony, President Ilham Aliyev noted that the energy projects, launched by Azerbaijan and supported by the EU, are completely changing the energy map of Europe."We started with oil production. Then we moved on to gas production. We laid an oil pipeline connecting the Caspian Sea with the Black and Mediterranean Seas. Of course, the 3,500-kilometer Southern Gas Corridor integrated pipeline systems, thanks to which our natural gas is delivered to the European continent. Southern Gas Corridor is operating at full capacity for less than two years. All segments are being exploited. We already see the benefits of this cooperation. Energy security issues are more important than ever today. Long-term, predictable, and very reliable cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union is, of course, a great achievement," the head of state noted.The signed Memorandum once again confirms the trend toward deepening strategic relations between the EU and Azerbaijan. Interconnector IGB Greece-Bulgaria, which will be put into operation in October this year, will allow at least four European countries to become buyers of Azerbaijani gas.After the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Azerbaijan increased the export of blue fuel to the EU countries. In January-August 2022, Azerbaijan exported 7.3 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe, which means an increase of 23% compared to the same period last year.The liberation of Karabakh and Eastern Zangazur is of great importance in increasing the potential of Azerbaijan as an exporter of energy resources. Today, many international think tanks and representatives of civil society are amazed at the rapid pace of restoration work in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, which, no doubt, fills every Azerbaijani with a great sense of pride.After signing the memorandum with the EU, President Ilham Aliyev, speaking to the press, said that Azerbaijan has great potential in the field of renewable energy production, and the European Union highly appreciates this."We have already begun the process of investing in wind and solar energy. We have already carried out a preliminary assessment of our potential. I can say that the potential of solar and wind energy in the liberated territories of Karabakh and Eastern Zangazur is 9,200 megawatts. And the potential of wind energy in the Caspian is 157 gigawatts. In other words, we have gigantic resources. In addition, of course, we have new gas sources that we will use in the coming years. In this way, we will increase gas production. By using renewable energy, we will provide more gas for export. This is an excellent situation created thanks to our efforts and supported by the European Union," the head of state said.It is gratifying that Azerbaijan, which the EU views as an important regional power in terms of the energy security of the old continent, is improving its international reputation as a reliable partner supporting global initiatives. As the development of events shows, the day is not far off when Azerbaijan and the EU will conclude a new comprehensive agreement on strategic partnership.Thus, the energy factor continues to hold an important place in Azerbaijan's foreign policy. As a result of the far-sighted policy of President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan is now able to ensure its own energy security, as well as play a leading role in the energy security of some other countries. Azerbaijan's approach is that energy resources should unite countries and peoples, not divide them. Energy resources should serve regional and international cooperation, not fuel conflicts. The interests of suppliers, transit countries, and consumers must coincide, be predictable and lead to mutual benefit. This is an energy philosophy, which is a reflection of Azerbaijan's successful foreign policy and our growing authority in the world community. Baku, Bern discuss access to finance for SMBs http://www.today.az/news/business/225968.html Business Mon, 26 Sep 2022 13:34:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan and Switzerland have discussed access to finance for small and medium-sized businesses and the countries' experience in this area, Azernews reports.The discussion took place during a meeting between Azerbaijan's Small and Medium Business Development Agency Board Chairman Orkhan Mammadov and Head of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) Departments on the South Caucasus and other countries Seraina Sigron.The meeting took place within the framework of Orkhan Mammadov's visit to Geneva.Moreover, Orkhan Mammadov also met with Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG) Director Natalie Hardin.During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on Swiss experience in the sector of SMBs support and the opportunities for cooperation in the area.As part of the visit to Geneva, a roundtable on the topic “Azerbaijan 2022: a source of energy and a logistics center for Europe and Asia” was held, during which Azerbaijan’s Small and Medium Business Development Agency (SMBDA), Switzerland-Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South Caucasus Joint Chamber of Commerce (JCC), and Swiss Alternative Financing have signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation.Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on January 21, 1992.Azerbaijan and Switzerland cooperate in various economic sectors. There is mutually beneficial cooperation between Baku and Bern in the non-oil sector. In addition, Baku will host a meeting of the Commission on Trade and Economic relations between Switzerland and Azerbaijan in 2022.The trade turnover between the two nations amounted to $457.2m in 2021, with exports accounting for $272.5m and imports for $184.7m. DokuBaku screens some of best documentaries from 33 countries http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/225967.html Arts & Entertainment Mon, 26 Sep 2022 13:13:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaDokuBaku Film Festival (IDFF) has been held in Baku, Azernews reports.Each year the festival presents a series of films by master documentarists, whose names are well-known all over the world, and whose works have become a high standard in the sector.The festival's director Imam Hasanov welcomed the guests at the opening ceremony.The international and local jury was introduced to the audience.Among them were a winner of numerous international awards, film director Sergei Dvortsevoy, Azerbaijani writer, playwright, and director Ismayil Iman, Managing and Artistic Director of FIPADOC Christine Camdessus, Azerbaijani producer Leyla Dostalizada, Romanian writer and director Bogdan Muresanu, Azerbaijani director and screenwriter Asif Rustamov, Iranian filmmaker Reza Siami, Bulgarian journalist, screenwriter, and director Emil Spahiyski, a promoter of independent cinema in Azerbaijan Rashad Shirinov, Head of the Culture Ministry's Audiovisual and Interactive Media Department Rufat Hasanov.The opening ceremony was attended by many international and local filmmakers and producers who will present their films throughout the festival including Pawel Lozinski, Helmut Dosantos, Agnieszka Mankiewicz, Matlab Mukhtarov, Nihad Isa, Amil Amal, and Ilkin Yusif.Next, the audience was presented with Maria Arlamovsky's film Robolov (Austria).Around 65 documentaries from 33 countries were screened as part of the festival devoted to the theme "Revolution Against Evolution" (Re?MC2VOLUTiON/OFF).This year's program contained films made by both aspiring and experienced directors.The films were presented in the following categories: Best Feature Documentary, No-main competition, Best International and Local Short Documentary, Out of Competition, DokuKids, and DokuUA.For the first time in the history of the festivals held in Azerbaijan, over 40 percent of films selected by the festival were directed by women filmmakers. The film festival aroused great interest among the audience. Azerbaijan, Turkiye discuss Armenia’s fresh border provocations, military cooperation http://www.today.az/news/politics/225963.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 12:54:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani Defense Minister Col-Gen Zakir Hasanov and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar have discussed Armenia’s recent border provocations, as well as military cooperation, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.In a telephone conversation held on September 24, Hasanov detailed the operational situation that has emerged after the Azerbaijan army's resolute steps in response to the recent provocations committed by Armenian military formations, as well as the work for the modernization of the army.Akar, for his part, emphasized that Turkiye stands by Azerbaijan as it has always done.During the phone call, the sides also exchanged views on the prospects of the Azerbaijani-Turkish military cooperation.Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed that Armenia must sign a peace agreement proposed by Azerbaijan, Azernews reports, citing the Turkish media.Cavusoglu made the remarks at a meeting with the Turkish community at the Consulate General of Turkiye in Los Angeles, USA.“For permanent peace and stability in the South Caucasus, the comprehensive peace agreement proposed by Azerbaijan should be signed between Baku and Yerevan as soon as possible. We support this process,” Cavusoglu emphasized.Armenia needs peace and regional cooperation, Cavusoglu said underlining that Turkiye has appointed a special representative to normalize relations with Armenia. “However, due to the pressure on Armenia, they have not yet been able to take bold steps,” he added.Furthermore, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has dismissed the information circulated in Armenian social media concerning the supposed shelling of the Basarkechar [Gegharkunik] region by the Azerbaijani army for provocative reasons, as well as the injury of Azerbaijani personnel on combat duty as a result of the Armenian military retaliation, Azernews reports.This is the next provocative information spread by Armenia, the ministry wrote on its social media accounts."We categorically deny this information. The Azerbaijani army personnel was not wounded and there are no losses among the military equipment," the ministry stressed.To recap, Armenia periodically shells Azerbaijani military positions on liberated territories. Units of the Armenian armed forces carried out large-scale provocations along the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border in Dashkasan, Kalbajar, and Lachin directions on the night of September 12 leading to 13.The Armenian sabotage groups mined land and supply roads linking the positions of the Azerbaijani army units in different directions, taking advantage of the area's steep topography and existing ravine gaps.The clashes between the sides ensued as a result of the urgent efforts made by the Azerbaijani armed forces to quell these activities. As a result, 79 armed forces personnel were killed, the ministry detailed.So far, the Armenian government reported 207 losses among its own military personnel. Moreover, 293 soldiers and three civilians were wounded, and 20 soldiers were taken as prisoners. President Ilham Aliyev receives Chairman of Russian State Duma [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/225972.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 12:44:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the delegation led by Chairman of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin.Welcoming the delegation, President Ilham Aliyev said:- You are welcome. I am pleased to see you. I am sure that your visit will be very useful and pleasant. I remember our previous meeting. Time flies. Four years have passed since your previous visit to Azerbaijan. However, inter-parliamentary relations have developed rapidly during this period. We have been in constant contact with the State Duma and the Federation Council both at the level of leadership and at the level of MPs. This is a very important factor of interstate relations between our countries, and these relations have a very positive momentum. Of course, regular meetings at the level of heads of state also create conditions for maintaining this dynamism. As a whole, if we consider the agenda of our relations, it is quite broad and covers practically all areas. It would probably be easier to pinpoint areas where our cooperation is not so active. Because all indicators in the political, economic, transport, energy and humanitarian fields are visible, and we are seeing very good dynamics. The key thing is to focus on the results. All the issues we agreed on are being implemented. Eight road maps have been agreed and are being implemented in the economic, commercial, information, communication, transport and other spheres. There is a precise schedule for the implementation of the issues set in each direction, and their implementation is being monitored. Therefore, we can say that there is only a positive result here. Let me emphasize again that these results have been achieved by our joint efforts and are of great importance for our countries and, in my opinion, for the region as a whole. Of course, regional security issues are always on the agenda of our relations. We recently talked about this in our meeting with the Russian President in Samarkand. Of course, peace in our region is necessary for all countries and all peoples. Our agenda is quite unequivocal. We have repeatedly stated that we are in favor of long-term and sustainable peace, the solution of all problems related to our neighbors, and the recovery of this region from the difficult situation it was in for 30 years.Regarding your field, I must say that we intend to continue our relations both within the framework of international institutions and in a bilateral format. You will meet with your counterpart. I think you will also review the agenda in detail. In short, there are many issues to talk about because the agenda is quite broad and effective. In my opinion, the main directions we are focusing on are evidence of the positive dynamics of bilateral relations.Welcome again! Although your visit will be short, I think it will be very fruitful.The Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Volodin, said: Thank you, Mr. President. First of all, I want to thank you for finding the opportunity to meet with us despite your busy schedule. I want to start by conveying to you the kindest words and friendly greetings of President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you.Vyacheslav Volodin: Our relations are developing in many ways thanks to you and our President. The Declaration on Allied Interaction has been signed. This is a very serious level achieved on the basis of a truly strategic partnership. That is why it is extremely important that we develop inter-parliamentary relations. We have talked about this. The pandemic has really disrupted our plans. If we talk about our inter-parliamentary interaction, the meetings, dialogue and communication form the basis of this activity. Of course, all this was done in the form of video conferencing. This format was the main one. But if there are no direct conversations, it is difficult to talk about the development of relations as in the mode of videoconferencing. Therefore, as soon as the situation related to the pandemic began to ease, we took advantage of this opportunity and agreed with our colleagues to meet and discuss the development of our relations. Because the Declaration signed by the presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan emphasizes that our inter-parliamentary relations should be developed. Therefore, we will discuss communication formats and new approaches in order to make a tangible contribution to addressing the issues of legislation and those discussed at the level of the heads of state.***The head of state thanked for the kind words and greetings of Vladimir Putin and asked the Chairman of State Duma to extend his greetings to the President of the Russian Federation. Azerbaijan, European Parliament eye investment opportunities in agriculture, tourism, energy http://www.today.az/news/business/225964.html Business Mon, 26 Sep 2022 12:33:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan and the European Parliament have discussed investment opportunities in the agriculture, tourism, and energy sectors, Azernews reports.The discussion took place during a meeting between representatives of Azerbaijan's Export and Investment Promotion Agency (AZPROMO) with the delegation led by Chairman of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Rural, Remote Mountain Areas, and Smart Villages Frank Bogovich.During the meeting, AZPROMO Head Yusif Abdullayev spoke about the business and investment opportunities of Azerbaijan and the prepared national export strategy. He also noted that AZPROMO is a member of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA).Moreover, it was noted that the project of building smart villages in Azerbaijan aroused great interest from the European side.The EU and Azerbaijan have cooperation in different sectors of the economy. The EU invested over $21.5 billion in the Azerbaijani economy from 2012 to 2021. Azerbaijan’s trade turnover with the EU amounted to $9.3 billion last year, which is 38 percent of the country’s foreign trade. The Delegation of the European Commission in Azerbaijan was opened in Baku in February 2008.Additionally, Azerbaijan started commercial gas supplies to Europe through the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on December 31, 2020. Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker to meet Russian State Duma Chairman http://www.today.az/news/politics/225965.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 12:13:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliChairman of Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has arrived on an official visit to Azerbaijan.The Russian official was met by Azerbaijani Parleiamnet's First Deputy Chairman Ali Huseynli, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu, the Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mikhail Bocharnikov, and other officials at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.Volodin and Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker Sahiba Gafarova will meet today to discuss the role of parliaments in legislative support for the presidents’ steps.Earlier, in a telephone conversation with Gafarova, Volodin confirmed his visit to Baku, which was scheduled for mid-September.The main goal of the visit is to exchange views on all issues on the current agenda of Russian-Azerbaijani relations.To recall, the Russian official last visited Azerbaijan back on June 24-25, 2018.Besides, on September 23, 2020, a meeting was held in Moscow between Volodin and Gafarova.Azerbaijan and Russia cooperate in different sectors, such as economy, agriculture, customs, communications, high technology, and others. Over 230 intergovernmental and intercompany documents have been signed between the two countries and six "road maps" are being implemented.Azerbaijan's investments in the Russian economy have exceeded $1.2 billion, with the majority of the investments being in the non-oil sector. In addition, Russian investments in Azerbaijan's economy totaled $6.3 billion with $5 billion in the oil sector and $1.3 billion in the non-oil sectors.The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia amounted to $2.9 billion in 2021, making Russia Azerbaijan’s third-largest partner. Azerbaijan, Spain discuss possibility of holding business forum http://www.today.az/news/business/225962.html Business Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan and Spain have discussed the possibility of holding a business forum, Azernews reports.The discussion took place during a meeting between the representatives of Azerbaijan's Export and Investment Promotion Agency (AZPROMO) and Charge d'affaires ad interim of the Spanish Embassy Patricia Sanchez.During the meeting, AZPROMO'S Adviser Zohrab Qadirov provided information on the favorable business and investment environment, as well as projects implemented in Azerbaijan.Diplomatic relations between the two states were established on February 11, 1992. At the end of 2005, Azerbaijan opened its embassy in Madrid, and a diplomatic mission of Spain in Baku has been operating since 2014.During the period from 2010 to 2020, Azerbaijan and Spain signed various cooperation agreements, including memorandums of cooperation in the fields of sports, culture, education, science, information, and communication; an agreement on the cancellation of a short-term visa regime for citizens holding diplomatic passports; convention for the avoidance of double taxation; as well as memorandums of understanding between the diplomatic academies and the foreign ministries of the two countries.Additionally, in 2021, the Azerbaijani-Spanish trade turnover amounted to $645.8 million. Mine threat from Armenia constitutes international crime http://www.today.az/news/politics/225966.html Politics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:30:00 +0400 By TrendAfter the second Karabakh war, Azerbaijan began large-scale construction work on all previously occupied territories and started the implementation of major projects as soon as possible, however, one of the most serious threats to the rapid, consistent and safe conduct of these works is the placement of 100 and 1,000 of mines by Armenians on the territories of Azerbaijan.Member of the Azerbaijani Parliament's (Milli Majlis) Committee on Legal Policy and State Building Nizami Safarov told Trend.“After the end of the war and various armed conflicts, eliminating their consequences and the dangers they create became one of the most important tasks. However, it's a pity that Armenia, as always, behaves irresponsibly in this important issue contrary to international law," he stated.It should be noted that in response to a serious humanitarian crisis resulting from the large-scale deployment of landmines, on October 10, 1980, the UN adopted the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, which prohibits or restricts the use of certain conventional weapons and may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects (including Protocols No. I, II and III), and on September 18, 1997, in the capital of Canada, Ottawa, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction was adopted.Safarov said that although Armenia hasn't signed or ratified these conventions, even states that are not parties to these important agreements must strictly comply with their provisions, guided by the fact that both of these conventions are based on international law.According to him, it would be naive to expect compliance with international legal norms on the part of Armenia, which is pursuing an aggressive policy, making territorial claims against neighboring states, committing ethnic cleansing, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity."The distinction between civilians and combatants is also reflected in the Ottawa Convention and is included in the preamble, which is an integral part of this document. Also part 2 of article 3 of Protocol II 'On the prohibition or restriction of mines, booby-traps and other devices' to the Convention 1980, prohibited the use of weapons that don't distinguish between civilians and legitimate military targets and may result in accidental death or injury," Safarov added.He noted that one of the unacceptable facts is that the mines planted by the Armenians on liberated territories of Azerbaijan continue to claim lives, despite the end of the war. To date, despite the total clearance of 49,395 hectares of land, and the detection and clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance, more than 240 civilians and military personnel have died or been injured from mine explosions.As is known, as part of operation 'Revenge', some military posts in Kalbajar and Lachin directions were taken under the control of the Azerbaijani army, and more than 900 anti-personnel mines, produced by Armenia in 2021, were found in only one area. This fact once again indicates that Armenia continues to plant mines illegally. However Armenia must never forget that the powerful state Azerbaijan which forced the neighboring country to sign the act of surrender, will overcome the threat of mines and turn its liberated territories into a prosperous land," Safarov said. I am very glad to participate in International Chess Tournament in Shusha - Iranian chess player http://www.today.az/news/sports/225960.html Sports Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:15:00 +0400 By TrendI am very glad to participate in the International Chess Tournament in Shusha, I am grateful to the organizers for the invitation, Iranian chess player Parham Maghsoodloo, who took part in the international chess tournament "Shusha Chess 2022" on September 21-24 in the city of Shusha, told Trend."I am also grateful to my opponents, who turned out to be very strong opponents and gave me the opportunity to prove myself. I am pleased with my results, second place. I hope to have the opportunity to take part in this competition again," he said.The tournament was organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan and the Shusha City State Reserve Department. Chess is very well developed in Azerbaijan - Georgian chess player http://www.today.az/news/sports/225959.html Sports Mon, 26 Sep 2022 10:54:00 +0400 By TrendChess is very well developed in Azerbaijan, Georgian chess player Nona Gaprindashvili, who took part in the international chess tournament "Shusha Chess 2022" on September 21-24 in the city of Shusha, told reporters, Trend reports."I am leaving Shusha in a good mood. When I take part in tournaments, I relax, gain positive emotions and this prolongs my life. It is very beautiful here, a good audience, it seems to me that this is enough for holding tournaments. I really liked the opening and closing of the tournament, everything was at the highest level. I will continue to take part in chess tournaments organized by Azerbaijan," she said.Gaprindashvili stressed that she had been to Azerbaijan many times."I was here as a chess player and was even invited as a guest. I played against an Azerbaijani chess player. It should be noted that Azerbaijani male chess players are very strong. This sport is well developed in your country and I would like to wish success to women chess players. Given that Azerbaijan has a strong confederation, they will achieve this very quickly," she added.The tournament was organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan and the Shusha City State Reserve Department.