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 Beware Of Greeks Bearing Gifts: S Caucasus facing risk http://www.today.az/news/politics/247120.html Politics Sun, 14 Apr 2024 20:10:00 +0400 By Talya Iscan, AZERNEWSThis expression, known for centuries, symbolizes the idea of distrust of supposedly friendly gestures by those who may be hiding secondary intentions or dangers.The South Caucasus is becoming a new platform for confrontation and clashes, which is worrying. The recent special meeting in Brussels between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan underscores the attention that major world powers are paying to Armenia, a nation of just 2 million people in the South Caucasus. This interest may come as a surprise to some, but not to those familiar with recent Western movements in this peace-seeking region.It is obvious that Azerbaijan has expressed its dissatisfaction with this initiative, interpreting it as an attempt to incite in Armenia and divide the South Caucasus, including the isolation of Azerbaijan. Also interesting was the quick and direct reaction of another regional power, Turkey, which called the meeting an attempt to undermine the neutral approach that should be the basis for solving complex problems in the region.Turkey has warned that any initiative that excludes Azerbaijan risks turning the South Caucasus into a zone of geopolitical confrontation instead of serving peace. Following these reactions, both Blinken and von der Leyen rushed to call Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev to explain that the initiative was not aimed at Azerbaijan and that the goal was to help Armenia's economy. Is the meeting masquerading as a meeting on economic interests truly aimed at cooperation or is it just divisive rhetoric tearing the region apart? Do we hear Europe talking about “alarming” scenarios, which in fact do not exist, in order to arm Armenia and push it away from Russia, in order to control the South Caucasus zone under the influence and interference of the West?However, it is difficult to believe in selfless feelings on the part of the West, especially after the daring actions of French President Macron, both in support, including military, of Armenia, and in his aggressive statements about the deployment of French troops in Ukraine to openly confront Russia.This is confirmed by social media posts by the French ambassador in Yerevan, who stated that “France has military weapons that everyone wants to have, and France is providing them to Armenia,” demonstrating France’s overly aggressive position in the Caucasus.At the same time, some European countries see these positions as dangerous and recognize the important role of Azerbaijan as a partner of the EU, especially in the energy sector as a key partner. For example, Italy's deputy foreign minister acknowledged the importance of Azerbaijan and criticized his French counterpart's statement as unhelpful, suggesting that it would be more appropriate and necessary for the French minister not to jeopardize the efforts of many who are moving intelligently toward a final peace settlement in the region.It is clear that the West's attempts to alienate Armenia from its historical and most important ally, Russia, are creating another area of tension between major Western countries and Russia. In turn, the Armenian government is trying to benefit from this situation, positioning itself as a potential Western outpost against Russia and Iran.Russia's reaction was not long in coming, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov calling the Armenian Prime Minister's statement about freezing its participation in the CSTO (a collective security organization controlled by Russia) an unfriendly step that jeopardizes the allied relations between the two countries. Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, noted that the EU mission in Armenia, which they describe as a civilian mission to control the borders of that country, is in fact a NATO mission, since Canada is also included in it.Although the reaction from another regional power and long-term ally of Armenia, Iran, has not been as visible, there are many signs indicating that the Iranians have categorically warned the Armenian government against this Western offensive. After Azerbaijan regained control of its territories that had been under Armenian occupation for decades, the region has seen new and real hope and development towards long-term peace. New regional cooperation platforms such as the “3+3” (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, Russia, Turkey and Iran) are emerging and first meetings are being held, while the final peace agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia is still being negotiated.While Armenia still must overcome legal and constitutional obstacles to renounce territorial claims against its neighbors and achieve final peace, recent events and Western attempts point to a very dangerous trend toward fragmentation of the South Caucasus region as the scene of yet another confrontation between the West and Russia, with subsequent possible “Syrianization” of Armenia, which means undermining Armenian sovereignty. We want the tension in the region to decrease - Hakan Fidan http://www.today.az/news/regions/247142.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 17:53:00 +0400 We want the tension in the region to decrease, Azernews reports, citing Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan mentioned this during a telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdullahiyan.Abdullahiyan said that Iran's retaliatory operation against Israel has ended and the country will not take another step if it is not attacked.It should be noted that Iran conducted a military operation against Israel on April 14. During the operation, dozens of missiles and rockets were fired at Israel.--- Azerbaijan Defense Minister meets with King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan http://www.today.az/news/politics/247143.html Politics Sun, 14 Apr 2024 17:15:00 +0400 The Azerbaijan Defense Minister Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, who is on an official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, met with the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Abdullah bin Al Hussein II, Azernews reports, citing the Defense Ministry.The Defense Minister conveyed the greetings of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev.In the meeting, the importance of cooperation with Jordan in the military field as well as in many fields was emphasized. Jeyhun Bayramov pays business trip to Uzbekistan http://www.today.az/news/politics/247144.html Politics Sun, 14 Apr 2024 16:52:00 +0400 On April 14, 2024, the Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov left for a business trip to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Azernews reports, citing Ministry.Within the framework of the visit, Minister Jeyhun Bayramov will participate in the second ministerial meeting of the Strategic Dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Council and Central Asian countries as an honored guest, as well as hold a number of bilateral meetings. Zakir Hasanov met with the commander of the Jordanian Air Force http://www.today.az/news/society/247139.html Society Sun, 14 Apr 2024 15:37:00 +0400 The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, visited the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center as part of his official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Azernews reports, citing Defense Ministry.of Defense.A meeting was held with the Director General, Colonel Nael Alshgirat, and a wide range of opinions were exchanged on a number of issues.Colonel-General Z. Hasanov got acquainted with the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. The Minister of Defense was given detailed information about the main activity of the center and the conditions created here.The Defense Minister later arrived at the Royal Air Force Command.Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov met here with the commander of the Royal Air Force of Jordan, Major-General Muhammad Hyasat.At the meeting, prospects for the development of military, military education and military technical cooperation were discussed. Azerbaijan's 3x3 basketball team has qualified for Paris-2024 http://www.today.az/news/sports/247140.html Sports Sun, 14 Apr 2024 15:10:00 +0400 Azerbaijan's 3x3 women's basketball team has achieved a historic success, Azernews citing ?dman.biz.Azerbaijani team won a license for the Paris-2024 Summer Olympic Games in the Olympic Qualification Tournament organized in Hong Kong.Earlier today, Azerbaijani team met Hungary in the semi-finals. Azerbaijani team consisting of Tiffani Hayes, Alexandra Mollenhauer, Dina Ulyanova and Mercedes Walker, who took the 2nd place in Group B, defeated their opponent with a score of 21:19 on the way to the finals.Azerbaijani basketball players faced the Polish team in the final. Although the main time of the game ended with a score of 16:16, Azerbaijani team won in extra time with a score of 18:17 and qualified for the Paris Olympics.With this, both basketball players and team sports will be represented for the first time at the Azerbaijan Games.It should be noted that our team defeated Chile 17:14, Mongolia 13:12 in the group, and lost to the Netherlands - 11:15.Basketball 3x3Olympic Qualifying TournamentSemifinalHungary - Azerbaijan - 19:21Netherlands - Poland - 12:20The finalAzerbaijan - Poland - 18:17 (OT) Azerbaijan FM expresses deep concern on growing tension between Iran, Israel http://www.today.az/news/politics/247141.html Politics Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:39:00 +0400 Azerbaijan is deeply concerned about the growing tension between Iran and Israel.According to Azernews, this was poted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan on the ministry's official "X" social account."We call on all parties to exercise restraint and avoid a dangerous escalation that will further aggravate the situation in the Middle East," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted. Azerbaijan, Jordan defence ministries clinch agreement http://www.today.az/news/society/247138.html Society Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:18:00 +0400 Defense Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov paid an official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Azernews reports, citing Azerbaijan's Defence MinistryWithin the framework of the visit, Colonel-General Z. Hasanov met with Major-General Yusif Ahmed Al-Hnaiti, Chairman of the Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces.First, an official welcoming ceremony was held. After passing in front of the honor guard, in accordance with the protocol, Colonel-General Z. Hasanov signed the visitor's book.Cooperation in the military and military-technical fields, as well as other issues of mutual interest, were discussed at the meeting.At the end of the meeting, an Agreement on cooperation in the field of defense was signed. Russia further concerned about situation in Middle East, says Russian MFA http://www.today.az/news/regions/247133.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:02:00 +0400 Russia is extremely concerned about the next dangerous escalation in the Middle East and calls on all parties to exercise restraint.According to Azernews, this was stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia regarding the attack on the territory of Israel."The unsettled nature of the numerous crises in the Middle East, primarily in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone, often caused by irresponsible provocative actions, is a factor of tension. We call on all parties to exercise restraint, we expect the regional states to solve the existing problems through political and diplomatic means," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.The Russian foreign policy office drew attention to the inability of the UN Security Council to adequately respond to the attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria due to the position of Western members. People with disabilities in Azerbaijan provided with rehabilitation services at home http://www.today.az/news/society/247134.html Society Sun, 14 Apr 2024 13:35:00 +0400 In January-March of this year, the State Medical-Social Expertise and Rehabilitation Agency under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population provided rehabilitation services in their homes (mobile) to about 500 people with disabilities who had difficulty leaving their homes, Azernews reports, citing the Ministry.According to the information provided by the Public Relations Department of the Ministry, 1220 rehabilitation services were provided for them.A person with a disability (or his legal representative) who wants to use these mobile services applies to the Ministry's "142" Call Center, as well as to DOST centers or the Medical and Social Expert Commission for the area.Based on the application, the mobile team of the Agency's rehabilitation center, consisting of doctors and psychologists, goes to the address where the disabled person lives and conducts his initial examination and assessment.Then an individual plan is drawn up for a person with a disability. Based on this plan, he will receive a doctor and psychologist examination, a speech therapy session, therapeutic massage, therapeutic physical education, occupational therapy, etc. during the specified period. rehabilitation services are provided. Azerbaijan's State Social Protection Fund gives summary of its spending in Q12024 http://www.today.az/news/business/247135.html Business Sun, 14 Apr 2024 13:04:00 +0400 The spending of the Azerbaijani State Social Protection Fund (SSPF) under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population grew by 14 percent (207 million manat, or $121.7 million) to 1.7 million manat ($1 million) from January through March 2024.According to the source, SSPF's revenues in the reporting period increased by 7% (108 million manat, or $63.5 million) from the forecast, totaling 1.67 billion manat ($980 million).During the same time, income from compulsory state social insurance increased by nine percent (104 million manat, or $61 million), totaling 1.3 billion manat ($760 million).Notably, the SSPF's income in 2023 was 6.67 billion manat ($3.9 billion), up 16.5 percent from 2022, while expenses were 6.08 billion manat ($3.58 billion), a 15.8 percent increase. Azerbaijan Army holds seminars on gender equality http://www.today.az/news/society/247136.html Society Sun, 14 Apr 2024 12:46:00 +0400 The meetings focused on educating military personnel in the Azerbaijan Army, improving their moral-psychological training and promoting national and moral values continue under the instructions of Defense Minister.Azernews reports, citing the Defense Ministry that seminars on gender equality in the Azerbaijan Army, activities in this field, human rights and other topics are held by the representatives of the Office for Women and Families of Servicemen of the Main Department for Personnel of the Defense Ministry.As part of the enlightening activities, the opinions of military personnel and civilian employees were heard and their questions were answered. Azerbaijan's 3x3 basketball national team reaches final http://www.today.az/news/sports/247137.html Sports Sun, 14 Apr 2024 12:21:00 +0400 Azerbaijan's women's 3x3 basketball team reached the finals of the "Paris-2024" Summer Olympic Games licensing tournament.The national team qualified for the decisive stage by winning 21:19 against Hungary in the semi-finals of the competition held in Hong Kong, Azernews reports. Iran protects its image in sight of Islamic countries, says Russian expert http://www.today.az/news/regions/247132.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 11:52:00 +0400 "Iran attacked Israel in response to the shelling of its consulate in Syria, and we should not expect tensions in the Middle East to increase in the future."This was told by Vladimir Fitin, the head of the Near and Middle East Center of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, in his statement to TASS.According to him, none of the participants of this conflict is interested in a big war that will cause unexpected consequences in the region."Iran could not let the attack on its consulate in Syria go unanswered and therefore had to do something. Otherwise, it would appear completely unwilling in front of its people and the entire Muslim Ummah. So, Iran attacked Israel to save its image."The expert said that the attack carried out is the maximum that Iran can do in the current situation and wants to stop there."At the same time, on the eve of the presidential elections, which are already close enough, the United States does not need war at all . On the other hand, this whole situation will further damage US President Joe Biden's chances of re-election."It should be noted that Iran attacked Israel with IEDs. Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said that the army neutralized 99% of about 300 Iranian missiles flying towards the Jewish state.Note that Iran launched hundreds of drones directly from its territory against Israel on Saturday night, in a radical change from its usual use of proxies, according to foreign sources.Iran says that this was in response to an Israeli airstrike in the Mezze district of Damascus which resulted in killing 13 people, including the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria and Lebanon, General Mohammad Reza Zahedi and his deputy, Mohammad Haji Rahimi.Iran has confirmed as well that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has begun its missile and drone attack against Israel. Besides, Israeli sources told ABC News that cruise missiles had been launched from Iraq towards Israel.Recall that on April 1, an Israeli airstrike in the Mezze district of Damascus killed 13 people, including the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria and Lebanon, General Mohammad Reza Zahedi and his deputy, Mohammad Haji Rahimi. Since then, tensions between Iran and Israel have increased. Shusha hosts Scientific meeting called "Shusha Summit of Cardiovascular Surgeons" http://www.today.az/news/society/247127.html Society Sun, 14 Apr 2024 11:23:00 +0400 A scientific meeting called "Shusha Summit of Cardiovascular Surgeons" was held in the city of Shusha, organized by the Society of Cardiovascular Surgery of Azerbaijan, with the support of the Ministry of Health, TABIB and the State Agency for Compulsory Medical Insurance. This event is the first scientific meeting held in our territories freed from occupation after the restoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.Azernews reports, citing Azertag that at the opening ceremony, the National Anthem of Azerbaijan was played and the memory of the martyrs was commemorated at the meeting attended by the representatives of relevant state institutions, doctors working in the field of cardiovascular surgery and cardiology in our country.Speaking at the event, Honorary Chairman of Azerbaijan Heart and Vascular Surgery, Professor Kamran Musayev emphasized the importance of the scientific medical meeting held for the first time in our cultural capital Shusha. He said that cardiovascular surgeons are proud, like every citizen of Azerbaijan, thanks to the great Victory won under the leadership of the President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Muzaffar Ilham Aliyev.Emil Iskanderov, head of the Department of Continuing Medical Education of the Department of Medical Education and Innovations of TABIB, said in his speech that the scientific meeting of cardiovascular surgeons will make an important contribution to doctors discussing scientific innovations and exchanging experience.Ramil Aliyev, chairman of the Azerbaijan Heart and Vascular Surgery Society, pointed out that the program of the meeting includes the speeches of cardiovascular surgeons and cardiologists, and that both the speeches and discussions will be useful for the participants to update their knowledge and exchange experience.The meeting continued with panel discussions.Speakers "Minimally invasive techniques in the surgical treatment of congenital heart defects", "LAA closure in atrial fibrillation: for whom and when?", "Surgical approach to gunshot injury of the aortic arch", "Asymptomatic lower extremity peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication: 2024 year clinical practice guidelines", "Minimally Invasive valvular surgery: for whom and when?", "Diagnosis and drug treatment in functional mitral regurgitation", "Modern approach in the treatment of deep venous thrombosis" and "ECMO after open heart surgery: timing and tactics" made presentations and discussed the topics. Azerbaijani judokas snatch 7 medals on first day of European Cup http://www.today.az/news/sports/247128.html Sports Sun, 14 Apr 2024 11:04:00 +0400 The first competition day of the European Judo Cup tournament among juniors in Berlin, the capital of Germany, is left behind.Referring to the press service of the Azerbaijan Judo Federation, Azernews informs that Azerbaijani athletes have taken 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals on the first day of the competition.In the final match of the 50 kg weight class, two Azerbaijani judokas - Bahadir Feyzullayev and Mammadali Husiyev - faced each other. As a result, B. Feyzullayev won gold medals, and M. Husiyev won silver medals.Two of our judokas - Nihad Rahimov and Ozgan Guliyev - met in the 60 kg final match. As a result, Nihad Rahimov won a gold medal. Our other judoka, Farid Garayev, competing in the same weight class, won a bronze medal.Kanan Sadigov took the first place on the tatami weighing 66 kg. Umud Gurbanov, who fought in the same weight class, was satisfied with the bronze medal. Iran says mission complete regarding its response to attack on Israel http://www.today.az/news/regions/247129.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 10:43:00 +0400 The attack on Israel can be considered as a completed response to the attack of the Iranian diplomatic facilities in Syria by the authorities of this country.Azernews informs referring to the Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN as mentioned on official "X" page as such: "The matter can be deemed concluded."The Permanent Mission noted that the release of drones to Israel is a response to this country's attack on Iran's diplomatic facilities in Damascus. At the same time, it was emphasized that if the Israeli authorities make "another mistake", Tehran's response will be "harder".Earlier, it was reported that dozens of Iranian drones flew over the southern provinces of Iraq towards the territory of Israel. Drones with warheads launched from Iran were also observed over Jordanian territory. Azerbaijani basketball team heading to Hong Kong to compete at Olympic Qualifying tournament http://www.today.az/news/sports/247130.html Sports Sun, 14 Apr 2024 10:21:00 +0400 Azerbaijan's women's 3x3 basketball team will play its next game in the Olympic Qualifying tournament organized in Hong Kong.According to "Report" , the team will face the Hungarian team in the semi-finals.The match will start at 11:30.In the other semi-final match, the Netherlands and Poland qualifiers will meet.The winner of the tournament will have the only ticket to the Paris-2024 Summer Olympic Games. Israel opens its airspace http://www.today.az/news/regions/247131.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 10:10:00 +0400 The Israeli authorities have opened the country's airspace, which was closed due to the threat of an attack.Azernews reports that the Israel Airports Authority released information about this."According to the instructions of the security services, the airspace of the State of Israel was opened at 07:30 in the morning local time, and the Ben Gurion airport resumed operations," the information said. FIDE Candidates 2024: Azerbaijan's Nijat Abasov agrees to draw http://www.today.az/news/sports/247118.html Sports Sun, 14 Apr 2024 10:00:00 +0400 By Fatime Letifova, AZERNEWSAzerbaijani chess player Nijat Abasov held his next match against Yan Nepomnyashi (FIDE) in the ongoing Challengers Tournament in Toronto, Canada.According to Azernews, the 28-year-old Azerbaijani grandmaster, who plays with black pieces, agreed to a draw with his Russian counterpart in the VIII round.It should be noted that the match between N. Abasov and Yan Nepomnyashi in the 1st round also ended in a draw - 0.5:0.5. Currently, the representative of Azerbaijan is in the last - eighth place with 2.5 points.The FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 started on April 3 in Toronto, Canada. For the first time ever, the same venue hosted the FIDE Candidates and the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournaments.The events is expected to end on April 22 at The Great Hall, located in the heart of Toronto’s West End.Besides, from Azerbaijan, Nijat Abasov is representing his country at the tournament.Both events are held as 14-player round-robin tournaments. The total prize fund of the events is 750.000 euros (500.000 euros for the Open section, and 250.000 in the Women’s section), and the Winners of the event will qualify for the FIDE World Chess Championship matches.The participants of the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 are as follows:Ian Nepomniachtchi (FIDE, 2758) – qualified as the previous World Championship match runner-up.Praggnanandhaa R (India, 2747) – qualified as the 2023 World Cup runner-up.Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2804) – qualified as the third-place finisher at the 2023 World Cup.Nijat Abasov (Azerbaijan, 2632) – qualified as the fourth-place finisher at the 2023 World Cup after the winner,Magnus Carlsen, declined his right to participate.Vidit Gujrathi (India, 2747) – qualified as the 2023 Grand Swiss winner.Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2789) – qualified as the 2023 Grand Swiss runner-up.Alireza Firouzja (France, 2760) – qualified as the best by rating on January 1, 2024.Gukesh D (India, 2747) – qualified as the 2023 FIDE Circuit winner. British Prime Minister condemns Iran's attack on Israel http://www.today.az/news/regions/247119.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 09:51:00 +0400 British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned Iran's attack on Israel.The Prime Minister wrote about this on his "X" social network page.He noted that Iran once again demonstrated its intention to sow the seeds of chaos. Rishi Sunak said that he is urgently working with allied countries to stabilize the situation and prevent further escalation of tensions."The UK will continue to defend the security of Israel and all our regional partners, including Jordan and Iraq. Together with our allies, we are working urgently to stabilize the situation and prevent further escalation of tensions. No one wants more bloodshed," the Prime Minister said in his statement. Number of AZAL flights delayed due to closure of countries' airspace http://www.today.az/news/regions/247117.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 09:22:00 +0400 Due to the events taking place in the Middle East, the following flights of the "Azerbaijan Airlines" airline are delayed for security reasons and due to the closure of the airspace of some countries, Azernews reports, citing the press service of "Azerbaijan Airlines" CJSC.According to information, "Azerbaijan Airlines" airline Islamabad-Baku (J2 5144); Dammam-Baku (J2 8210); Delhi-Baku (J2 058); Dubai-Baku (J2 016) flights are delayed for security reasons and due to the closure of some countries' airspace.In case of additional questions, passengers can contact the call center via the e-mail address [email protected] . Middle Corridor's growing importance for states along its route http://www.today.az/news/business/247116.html Business Sun, 14 Apr 2024 08:30:00 +0400 By Elnur Enveroglu, AZERNEWSProviding safe and reliable access to new markets with an estimated population of over 80 million along the route, the Middle Corridor, also known as the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, is gaining popularity as a key East-West connection. Looking back almost a decade, the possibility of this huge project coming to fruition did not sound very realistic. However, especially in the last 4 years, the rapidly changing geopolitical situation made all the predictions come true. Obviously, following the Russo-Ukrainian war and subsequent sanctions, demand for opening the project grew more than ever.Besides, the Middle Corridor offers a route that is at least 2,000 kilometers shorter than the Northern Corridor, which passes through Russia. This means a shorter route, with the potential to save more time on a route between China and Europe to as little as 12 days, while the Northern Corridor takes extra 7 days.Moreover, international expert on Asian economics Raza Syed in his article for The Times of Central Asia portal called the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR, or Middle Corridor) a flagship cooperation project for many countries, especially in light of the current geopolitical situation in the world."New transportation corridors through which commodities and raw materials can be safely and quickly exported by all modes of transportation are a vital task for many countries today. The Middle Corridor falls under these criteria, and in recent years this route has experienced a new round of development as it connects East and West, bypassing Russia, which is under sanctions," Syed notes.He pointed out that this route covers 11,000 kilometers of railroads and includes ten seaports. The route starts in China in the port of Lianyungang, passes through Xi'an to Urumqi, through Kazakhstan (dry ports of Khorgos and Dostyk and ports of Aktau and Kuryk), Azerbaijan (port of Alat), Georgia, and then through the Black Sea continues to Europe."It is important that this route is multimodal, i.e. rail, sea, and road transport can be used. The current capacity of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route is 6 million tons per year, and by 2025 it is planned to reach 10 million tons per year. So the potential of the Middle Corridor is large," the expert notes.The geography of the route is constantly expanding, and the number of TITR Association members has increased to 25 companies (11 countries).Syed in his article relies on a recent World Bank research confirming that from a trade and economic point of view, TITR primarily allows diversifying trade routes and improving transport accessibility for Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan."World Bank analysts forecast that under the scenario assuming improved operational efficiency of the Middle Corridor, by 2030 the volume of traffic through the Caspian Sea will triple from 2021 to 11 million tons. About 4 million tons will be due to the projected demand for container transportation," the expert recalls.He also quotes estimates by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, according to which the capacity of the TITR could be increased to 26 million tons by 2040, which would require infrastructure investments of 18.5 billion euros for Central Asian countries.The Asian Development Bank will provide a grant to develop a strategy for further development of the TITR route in 2024."In essence, the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route is a revival of the Great Silk Road in modern realities, including such a relevant component as the Digital Silk Road, as the upcoming construction of a fiber-optic communication line along the Caspian Sea bed will ensure the creation of a new digital telecommunication corridor between Europe and Asia," Syed emphasizes. Turkish President sends letter to Pope on Palestine http://www.today.az/news/regions/247126.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 08:00:00 +0400 In a letter to Pope Francis on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “Humanity must prevent further violations of international law in Gaza,” Azernews reports.Erdogan also stated that humanity should speak out against the bombing of hospitals, schools, mosques, and churches, emphasizing that these should never be targeted, even in times of war.“Without a fair resolution of the Palestine-Israel issue, establishing lasting peace and stability in the Middle East is not possible,” he added. Iran launches ballistic missiles against Israel http://www.today.az/news/regions/247125.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 01:59:00 +0400 Iran has fired first batch of ballistic missiles at Israel, an informed Iranian official told Iran's official state news agency (IRNA).According to Azernews, it is reported that ballistic missiles has been fired at targets identified in Israel.On April 14, Iran confirmed that it had launched an operation against Israel and fired dozens of drones and missiles at Israel.On April 1, an Israeli airstrike in the Mezze district of Damascus killed 13 people, including the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria and Lebanon, General Mohammad Reza Zahedi and his deputy, Mohammad Haji Rahimi. Since then, tensions between Iran and Israel have increased. Biden vows to support Israel against Iran's attack http://www.today.az/news/regions/247124.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 01:56:00 +0400 US President Joe Biden cut short a weekend stay at his Delaware beach house and was returning to the White House on Saturday to meet with his national security team and monitor the situation in the Middle East as Iran launched an attack against Israel, Azernews reports, citing Time.Tensions are at their highest since the Israel-Hamas war began six months ago after a suspected Israeli strike this month on an Iranian consular building in Syria killed 12 people, including two senior Iranian generals in the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force.Iran has promised to retaliate against Israel, and U.S. and Israeli officials have been bracing for an attack, raising concerns about the conflict escalating into a wider regional war.Biden was set to convene a principals meeting of the National Security Council in the White House Situation Room to discuss the events and plan the U.S. response.Besides, the U.S., along with its allies, have sent direct messages to Tehran to warn against further escalating the conflict. US says Iran's attack on Israel to continue for several hours http://www.today.az/news/regions/247123.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 01:27:00 +0400 The attack of the Iranian military forces against Israel is likely to last for several hours.According to Azernews, this was stated by the head of the press service of the White House's National Security Council, Adrienne Watson, in her statement regarding Iran's launching of drones towards Israel from its territory."This attack will probably last for several hours. US President Joe Biden has clearly stated that our support for Israel's security is unwavering. The United States will stand by the people of Israel and support their security against these threats from Iran," she said. Israel reports of Iran's drones approaching its territory http://www.today.az/news/regions/247122.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 01:17:00 +0400 Iran launched hundreds of drones directly from its territory against Israel on Saturday night, in a radical change from its usual use of proxies, the IDF has confirmed. Azernews reports, citing Jerusalem Post that drones and missiles were also reportedly launched from Yemen and other countries around the region.Iran has confirmed as well that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has begun its missile and drone attack against Israel.Israeli sources told ABC News that cruise missiles had been launched from Iraq towards Israel. Israel closes its airspace as of today from 00:30 to 07:00 http://www.today.az/news/regions/247121.html World news Sun, 14 Apr 2024 00:44:00 +0400 Israel's airspace will be closed for international and domestic flights from 00:30 to 07:00 on April 14 due to Iran's attack, Azernews reports, citing foreign media sources.The Israeli army has so far identified more than 100 drones launched from Iran into Israel. The Israeli Air Force is monitoring the drones and preparing for additional waves of attacks, which could include missiles, the army said. The currently tracked drones are expected to arrive in the country within hours, but the Israeli military will try to neutralize them at an earlier stage.According to the army, dozens of fighter jets are currently in the sky and ready to strike where needed."Kan" reports citing sources that drones were launched not only from Iran, but also from other countries, including Yemen.Adrienne Watson, head of the press service of the White House's National Security Council, said that the attack against Israel is likely to last for several hours. "This attack will probably last for several hours. President Joe Biden has made it clear that our support for Israel's security is unwavering. The United States will stand by the people of Israel and support their security in response to these threats from Iran," he said in his statement."Al Arabiya" TV channel reported that drones launched from Iran towards Israel crossed the airspace of Jordan. The media reports that Iran attacked Israel with "Shahed" kamikaze drones. Swiss university develops hopping robot to explore asteroids http://www.today.az/news/regions/247115.html World news Sat, 13 Apr 2024 23:59:00 +0400 Students at ETH Zurich university in Switzerland have developed a three-legged robot that could ultimately make its way across the surface of asteroids through a series of long-distance hops, the university announced on its website Thursday, Azernews reports.The robot, known as the SpaceHopper, will be used on space missions to explore relatively small celestial bodies such as asteroids and moons which may contain valuable mineral resources that humanity could use in the future, it said.According to the university, the exploration of these celestial bodies should also provide insights into the formation of the universe.It said the program was launched two and a half years ago as a research project for bachelor’s degree students.It is now being continued as a regular research project by five master's students and one doctoral student.A particular challenge in the development of such exploration robots is that in contrast to larger celestial bodies such as the Earth, there is very little gravity on small celestial bodies, said the university.The researchers therefore tested the functionality of their robot in zero gravity on a parabolic flight of the European Space Agency (ESA). UK climate change minister Graham Stuart resigns http://www.today.az/news/regions/247114.html World news Sat, 13 Apr 2024 23:40:00 +0400 Britain's climate change minister Graham Stuart resigned from the government after eight years on Friday, saying it was the right time to step down, Azernews reports.Stuart said he would stand again for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Conservatives in an election expected later this year, with the opposition Labour Party leading in polls by a large margin."Having served as a minister for most of the last eight years I have decided that now is the time to stand down," he said in a letter to Sunak posted on social media platform X."I will continue to give you my full support from the backbenches."Sunak's office said Justin Tomlinson, a former junior minister in the work and pensions department, would replace Stuart as climate minister. Turkish military neutralizes PKK terrorists in northern Iraq http://www.today.az/news/regions/247113.html World news Sat, 13 Apr 2024 22:35:00 +0400 Turkish security forces "neutralized" four PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said on Saturday, Azernews reports, citing Anadolu Agency."Our heroic Turkish Armed Forces neutralized 3 PKK terrorists in the Operation Claw-Lock area and 1 PKK terrorist in the Hakurk region in northern Iraq,” the ministry said on X."Our fight against terrorism continues effectively and decisively," it added.Turkish authorities use the term "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.In its nearly 40-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.PKK terrorists often hide out in northern Iraq to plot cross-border attacks in Türkiye.Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April 2022 to target the PKK terror organization's hideouts in Iraq's northern Metina, Zap, and Avasin-Basyan regions near the Turkish border. King Charles condemns 'senseless attack' and commends bravery of first responders in Australia http://www.today.az/news/regions/247112.html World news Sat, 13 Apr 2024 21:57:00 +0400 King Charles and Queen Camilla are commending the bravery of first responders displayed in today's "senseless attack" in Bondi, adding that the loved ones and families of those impacted by the incident are in their thoughts, Azernews reports."My wife and I were utterly shocked and horrified to hear of the tragic stabbing incident in Bondi," the King has said in a statement."Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have been so brutally killed during such a senseless attack," he says."While details of these shocking circumstances are still emerging, our thoughts are also with those who were involved in the response, and we give thanks for the bravery of the first responders and emergency services." US Assistant Secretary of State Kritenbrink to visit China April 14-16 http://www.today.az/news/regions/247111.html World news Sat, 13 Apr 2024 20:45:00 +0400 U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink will travel to China April 14-16, the State Department said on Saturday, Azernews reports.White House National Security Council Senior Director for China and Taiwan Affairs Sarah Beran will accompany Kritenbrink, the department said in a statement.They will meet with Chinese officials "as part of ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication and to responsibly manage competition," the statement said. Israeli FM says Iran should be sanctioned for ‘pirate operation’ http://www.today.az/news/regions/247110.html World news Sat, 13 Apr 2024 20:10:00 +0400 Tehran is conducting piracy and should be sanctioned for it, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz says, after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized an Israeli-linked cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz, Azernews reports.“The Ayatollah regime of Khamenei is a criminal regime that supports Hamas’ crimes and is now conducting a pirate operation in violation of international law,” Katz says. “I call on the European Union and the free world to immediately declare the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization and to sanction Iran now.” Switzerland reduces its investment in Azerbaijani economy by 3-fold http://www.today.az/news/business/247109.html Business Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:35:00 +0400 In 2023, Switzerland invested $70.6 million in the economy of Azerbaijan, Azernews reports, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).This is 3-fold less than in 2022. During the reporting period, the total investment share of Switzerland in the economy of Azerbaijan decreased from 3.4% to 1.1%.Last year, Azerbaijan invested $40.7 million in the Swiss economy. This is 15% more than the previous year.During the year, the total investment share of Azerbaijan in the Swiss economy decreased from 2.4% to 1.3%. China's top legislator meets North Korea's Kim Jong Un on goodwill visit http://www.today.az/news/regions/247108.html World news Sat, 13 Apr 2024 18:59:00 +0400 China's top legislator Zhao Leji met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Saturday, expressing Beijing's willingness to work with its counterparts to deepen trust and boost cooperation, Chinese state media said, Azernews reports.Zhao, finishing a goodwill tour that began on Thursday, is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit the North since 2018, when Li Zhanshu attended the 70th anniversary of the North's founding."No matter how the international situation changes, the traditional friendship between China and the DPRK, created and nurtured by the older generation of leaders from both parties and countries, remains deep-rooted and strong over time," Zhao said in a speech, according to China's Xinhua news agency.DPRK refers to the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.In the speech at the opening ceremony for China-DPRK Friendship Year, Zhao noted that the two countries' top leaders have met five times in recent years. Tokayev cancels Astana International Forum due to devastating floods http://www.today.az/news/regions/247107.html World news Sat, 13 Apr 2024 18:25:00 +0400 President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has canceled the Astana International Forum, which was to be held in June 2024, due to unprecedented floods in the country, Azernews reports.“Due to the unprecedented flooding in Kazakhstan and the need to save financial resources to eliminate the consequences of large-scale destruction and provide assistance to the citizens of the country, I have decided to cancel the Astana International Forum,” Tokayev wrote on X.He said that the forum would resume in 2025.The Astana International Forum was to be chaired by the President of Kazakhstan in the capital of Kazakhstan on June 13-14. UN holds VI World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue at Azerbaijan's initiative http://www.today.az/news/regions/247106.html World news Sat, 13 Apr 2024 17:00:00 +0400 A joint briefing VI World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue at Azerbaijan's initiative was held at the United Nations, Azernews reports.Speaking at the briefing, Farid Jafarov, the head of the working group of the organization committee of the VI World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, Deputy Minister of Culture, informed the guests about the history of the forum. Israel to be punished, says Iran's ambassador http://www.today.az/news/analytics/247105.html Analytics Sat, 13 Apr 2024 16:35:00 +0400 Iran's ambassador to Azerbaijan, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, responded to US President Joe Biden's warning to Iran, Azernews reports, citing the post shared by Seyyed Abbas Mousavi on his official "X" account."Israel will definitely be punished, under any circumstances !" he added.It should be recalled that yesterday US President Joe Biden emphasized that he will support Israel, while answering journalists' questions. Recent events related to Israel proved once again that Iran's war is waged only through mass media and social networks. The regime carries out cheap threat campaigns with exaggerated statements, especially on social networks. Jeyhun Bayramov met with candidate for Director General of UNESCO http://www.today.az/news/politics/247104.html Politics Sat, 13 Apr 2024 16:16:00 +0400 On April 13, 2024, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov, received the Egyptian candidate Khaled El-Enany for the post of Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Azernews reports.During the meeting, the current issues on the agenda of cooperation between Azerbaijan and UNESCO and the position of Azerbaijan, the initiatives put forward by Azerbaijan, as well as regional issues were exchanged.Minister Jeyhun Bayramov also informed the other party in detail about the history of the past Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, the fact of the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, and the current situation in the region in the post-conflict period.The meeting also discussed other issues of mutual interest. Remittances from Azerbaijan to US shrink http://www.today.az/news/business/247103.html Business Sat, 13 Apr 2024 15:40:00 +0400 In 2023, $54.8 million was transferred from Azerbaijan to the US, which is 2.4 times less year-on-year, Azernews reports, citing the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).The share of money transfers from Azerbaijan to the US in the total volume of transfers abroad increased from 20.6% to 10% year-on-year.Last year, $73.8 million were transferred from the US to Azerbaijan, which is 34.5% more year-on-year.In 2023, the share of remittances from the US to Azerbaijan in the total volume of transfers increased from 4.3% to 4.5%. EU is Azerbaijan’s biggest supporter when it comes to de-mining, says EU committee chair http://www.today.az/news/politics/247102.html Politics Sat, 13 Apr 2024 15:15:00 +0400 “Proud to make a difference: The EU is Azerbaijan’s biggest supporter when it comes to de-mining,” Azernews reports, citing the post shared by Chair of the Political and Security Committee of the European Union Delphine Pronk on her official "X" account.“By training an all-female de-mining team, the EU helps to increase the role women play in security,” she added. Azerbaijani servicemen's moral-psychological training is at high level, Defense Ministry http://www.today.az/news/politics/247101.html Politics Sat, 13 Apr 2024 14:40:00 +0400 According to the training plan for the current year, the measures taken in education of military personnel are continued, Azernews reports, citing Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense.“Socio-political training classes are regularly held in order to maintain the combat and moral-psychological training of servicemen in the Azerbaijan Army at a high level.Enlightening talks and exchange of ideas are held with the military personnel, they are given detailed information about the historical significance of the diplomatic activity of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, and also the questions of the personnel are answered and the necessary recommendations are given regarding their services.In the training classes, all servicemen demonstrate their determination to protect the Motherland from any threats and dangers,” the ministry added. Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2025 date announced http://www.today.az/news/sports/247100.html Sports Sat, 13 Apr 2024 14:05:00 +0400 Formula 1 has announced the calendar for the 2025 FIA Formula One World Championship, which has been approved by the World Motor Sport Council, Azernews reports.Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will take place on September 19-21.Kicking off in Australia on March 14-16 and concluding in Abu Dhabi on December 5-7, the season will feature a record-breaking 24 races.Azerbaijan GP race winners for previous years are as follows:2016 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)2017 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)2018 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)2019 - Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)2020 – Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic2021 - Sergio Perez (Red Bull)2022 - Max Verstappen (Red Bull)2023 - Sergio Perez (Red Bull)The Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2023 took place on April 28-30. Selective blindness: Why is EU mission in Armenia needed if it is deaf and dumb? http://www.today.az/news/politics/247061.html Politics Sat, 13 Apr 2024 13:19:00 +0400 On April 10, another incident occurred on the conventional border between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The Armenian armed forces again opened fire at the Azerbaijani border post, as a result of which a state border service officer was wounded, Today.az informs with reference to Trend.As a result of the investigation, the National Security Service of Armenia accused the Armenian border guards of violating the rules, which led to a shootout.“On April 10, a conscript soldier of the NSS border troops, having learned that a shepherd and his flock had gotten lost and ended up on Azerbaijani territory, together with his colleagues decided to cross the border without permission and return the cattle, thereby violating the rules of service, which through negligence caused significant damage , led to a groundless shootout and endangered the lives and health of people,” the department said.However, this begs the question: where was the EU observation mission at that moment?The EU monitoring mission in Armenia was launched in January last year. Initially, the number of arriving employees was 100 people. But already in December their number was increased to 209 people. And really none of them were able to respond in a timely manner?The fact that in principle there was no reaction from them to this incident already suggests that the Europeans are simply not ready to take on this responsibility.This is not the first time that Europeans remain silent or justify themselves by saying that they allegedly do not have access to some Armenian villages. When a similar incident occurred in February this year, the EU mission shifted responsibility to Russian border guards.What then are their responsibilities? Only in March 2024 did the Armenian parliament ratify an agreement with the European Union on the status of the EU observation mission, which should regulate the activities of the mission and also clarify its functions. What the observers have been doing for the past year is unclear.It is obvious that all this time the Europeans were protecting their Armenian friends. The Armenian side has already taken responsibility, and the EU continues to cover them. So, “binocular diplomacy” did not work again.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Pashinyan says that the mandate of the European mission in Armenia can be extended for another two years. In addition to the fact that the Europeans have once again shown inaction and proven their absolute uselessness, the extension of their mandate simply becomes another obstacle to the delimitation of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border and the conclusion of peace between the parties. At the same time, Pashinyan states that all problems of Baku and Yerevan must be resolved independently, without third parties. What is the Armenian leadership trying to achieve? A view from Moscow: India sells piece of scrap metal to Armenia http://www.today.az/news/politics/247060.html Politics Sat, 13 Apr 2024 12:59:00 +0400 The Russian information resource "Military Informant" presents an analytical review of the Indian artillery installation that Armenia acquired, Today.az reports, citing Day.Az.Analyzing the characteristics of the new Indian self-propelled artillery unit, the author of the publication comes to the following conclusion - either Indian engineers were able to deceive the laws of physics, or Yerevan will receive a disposable piece of scrap metal, which the "Military Informant" diplomatically called "analognet".The problems of the Indian self-propelled guns begin with the fact that they mounted a 155-mm gun on an ordinary four-wheel drive truck. Considering the loads experienced when firing from such artillery, the author of the publication doubts that this thing will fire more than once.“Even the Chinese do not risk installing anything larger than 122 mm caliber on them,” writes Military Informant. What’s even funnier is that this self-propelled gun was only seen live once, almost a year ago. Yerevan will be the first to know what it is like in practice. Azerbaijani oil price increases http://www.today.az/news/society/247099.html Society Sat, 13 Apr 2024 12:40:00 +0400 The price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta increased by $1.77 amounting to $94.73 per barrel on April 13, Azernews reports.It should be noted that in 2022, the average selling price of one barrel of "Azeri Light" (CIF) brand oil was 103.58 US dollars. Last year, "Azeri Light" (CIF) oil increased in price by 44.6% compared to the indicator of 2021.In this year's state budget of Azerbaijan, the average price of one barrel of oil was calculated from 60 US dollars. Idiot Macron accused of terrorism http://www.today.az/news/politics/247059.html Politics Sat, 13 Apr 2024 12:33:00 +0400 What else can you expect from a politician of Macron’s caliber?Today.az informs with reference to Day.az that French President Emmanuel Macron is associated with the sponsors of the bloody terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, said Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev's sensational words very clearly show what kind of idiot is now leading France. “His (Macron’s) rhetoric, his actions may well be qualified as complicity in the terrorist attack on March 22,” Medvedev said. It is obvious that Macron and a number of other Western leaders are the sponsors of this terrible terrorist attack. There is no forgiveness for this,” Medvedev said. Naturally, Medvedev says much less than he knows. But no one will be surprised if Macron’s connection with the organizers of the terrorist attack is confirmed. What else can you expect from this complex madman? A danger is hovering overhead of France. There is a ton of ambition, but zero intelligence. For the sake of his ambitions, Macron starts wars, tries to build intrigues and pit countries against each other - he, a fool, thinks that no one in the world sees or understands his “multiple moves”.But in reality, it's the other way around. His “combinations” are read by all and sundry. The narcissistic French semi-president is only exposing himself and his country to ridicule. Over and over again, as stubborn as donkey. Azerbaijani gymnast clinches gold in Kyrgyzstan http://www.today.az/news/sports/247098.html Sports Sat, 13 Apr 2024 12:00:00 +0400 Azerbaijan’s Madina Abbasli has grabbed a gold medal at the International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament "Kelechek" held in the capital city of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Azernews reports.She earned the medal in the all-around event.