Today.Az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside Today.Az EIA grades Azerbaijan's oil production volume as stable Business Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:52:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s forecast for 2020-2021 average daily oil production is stable according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration report released in August.The agency forecasted 710,000 barrels of daily oil production in 2020, and 740,000 barrels of daily oil production in 2021, same as in July’s report forecast.Moreover, according to the EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook report, average daily oil production in Azerbaijan was 770,000 and 690,000 barrels in the first and second quarters of 2020 respectively.Furthermore, average daily oil production is projected to be 670,000 barrels in the third quarter and 700,000 barrels in the fourth quarter of 2020.It should be noted that in the report released in July, the average daily oil production was forecasted to be 680,000 and 710,000 barrels in third and fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.The EAI’s forecast for average daily oil production for 2021 did not changed, and amounts to 740,000 barrels.As of May 1, 2020 Azerbaijan started reducing oil production within the framework of obligations under the new deal OPEC+, on reduction of daily oil production by 9.7 million barrels in May-June and 164,000 barrels for Azerbaijan.At the meeting of OPEC and OPEC+ countries on June 6, it was decided to extend the quota by another month - until the end of July.Azerbaijan is fulfilling its obligations under OPEC+ agreement. Thus, the average daily oil production in May amounted to 650,000 barrels, in June to 553,800 barrels and in July to 650,100 barrels. 21m tons of oil to be produced from Karabakh field Business Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:41:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadOver 21 million tons of oil and 13 million cubic meters of gas will be produced from Azerbaijan’s offshore Karabakh field, Karabakh operating company’s project manager Agamali Gurbanov has told local media.A support block for extracting oil will be installed at the Caspian Sea within a month and last 200-260 days, depending on weather conditions. After the installation is done, the upper part of the block will be installed, Gurbanov said.Additionally, six oil wells, three irrigation wells and two subsea gas wells will be drilled from the platform.The oil reserves of the Karabakh field are estimated at 60 million tons and the start of oil production from the field is planned for late 2022.Offshore work on Karabakh field got started on August 10 when Karabakh support block was sent to the sea. Addressing the ceremony, President Aliyev described it as “a very important stage in the development of the field.”Karabakh support block has been built by SOCAR's BOS Shelf Company at the Baku Heydar Aliyev Deep Water Jackets Plant. The facility is designed for oil and gas exploration and production.Karabakh oil field with over 60 million tons of crude was discovered by SOCAR and Norwegian “Equinor” company in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, 120 km east of Baku. It should be noted that the drilling of the first appraisal well on the “Karabakh” field began on December 23, 2019. SOCAR's CDC drilling company drilled this well with “Dada Gorgud” floating drilling rig at a depth of 180 meters. Productive layers of the deposit are located at a depth of 3.4 km. WHO: Number of COVID-2019 cases surpass 216,000 in past day World news Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:54:00 +0400 By TrendMore than 216,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide on August 11, with the overall number of such cases exceeding 19.93 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Tuesday, Trend reports citing TASS.As of 12:00 (GMT+4) on August 11, as many as 19,936,210 novel coronavirus cases and 732,499 coronavirus-associated deaths were registered across the globe. The number of confirmed cases grew by 216,033 in the past 24 hours and the number of fatalities increased by 4,268.The WHO statistics is based on officially confirmed data from the countries.South and North America accounts for the majority of confirmed coronavirus cases - 10,697,832. In the past 24 hours, the number of cases grew by 106,903 and the number of deaths - by 2,277 and reached 390,850.The number confirmed COVID-2019 cases in Europe amounts to 3,606,373 and the number of fatalities is 217,278. In the past 24 hours, the number of cases grew by 21,315 and the number of deaths - by 267.Southeast Asia has 2,691,452 cases and 54,633 fatalities. In the past 24 hours, the number of cases grew by 58,679 and the number of deaths - by 956.The biggest number of coronavirus cases was reported from the United States (4,999,815), Brazil (3,035,422), India (2,268,675), Russia (897,599), South Africa (562,598), Mexico (480,278), Peru (478,024), Colombia (387,481), Chile (375,044), and Iran (328,844).A pneumonia outbreak caused by the COVID-19 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV) was reported in China’s city of Wuhan, a large trade and industrial center with a population of 12 million, in late December 2019. Since then, cases of the new coronavirus have been reported from nearly all parts of the world. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Container cargo transportation between Kazakhstan and Turkey via Azerbaijan soars Business Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0400 By TrendAs many as 2,555 containers of the Azerbaijani ADY Container company transported goods between Kazakhstan and Turkey through Azerbaijan from January through May 2020, a source in the company told Trend.&quot;A great increase in cargo transportation in the direction of Kazakhstan - Turkey through Azerbaijan has been observed this year,&quot; the source added.&quot;The container shipping between Kazakhstan and Turkey through Azerbaijan increased by almost 3.4 times compared to the same period of last year,&quot; the source said.From January through May 2019, 758 containers of ADY Container transported cargo between Kazakhstan and Turkey through Azerbaijan.In total, the company exported 5,204 containers with cargo from January through May 2020, which is eight percent more compared to 4,825 containers last year.Some 8,148 containers were transited from January through May 2020, which is by 24 percent more compared to 6,593 containers during the same period of last year.The total cargo transportation growth amounted to 20 percent (20,477 containers) from January through May.Despite the pandemic, ADY Container’s import and export international (transit) cargo transportation is underway as usual.In 1Q2020, 11,321 containers were transported via Azerbaijani railway.ADY Container LLC has begun expanding cooperation, mainly with countries in the Far East region - China, Japan and South Korea, as well as with Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, Iran and India, in order to increase the volume of cargo transportation along the international East-West Transport Corridor, North-South Transport Corridor and Trans-Caspian International Transport Route.ADY Container LLC is engaged in storage, maintenance and transportation of containers in compliance with international standards. Over 147,803 taxpayers apply for state support over COVID-19 Business Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:40:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadSome 147,803 taxpayers affected by COVID-19 in Azerbaijan have applied for state support as of August 6, local media reported with the reference to the Ministry of Economy on August 11.The taxpayers applied to the Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan for financial support, including 29,095 taxpayers affected by the coronavirus pandemic for the payment of a certain part of the salary to employees and 118,708 private (micro) entrepreneurs.As part of the payment of part of salaries to employees, applications from 29,095 entrepreneurs covering 273,732 employees have been reviewed and approved.To date, the volume of financial support on the approved appeals has amounted to AZN 99.19 million ($58.34M), of which the funds envisaged for payment on the second stage amounted to AZN 49.59 million ($29.17M).As of August 6, the State Treasury Agency of the Ministry of Finance has ensured payment of AZN 98.03 million ($57.66M) for the salary of 215,689 employees of 24,856 taxpayers.As part of the program to provide financial support to private (micro) entrepreneurs, 118,708 taxpayers' requests were received, out of which 111,209 were examined and approved.The volume of financial support on the approved appeals is AZN 63.66 million ($37.44M).As of August 6, State Treasury Agency of the Ministry of Finance ensured transfer of AZN 63.55 million ($37.38M) to the bank accounts of 106,907 private (micro) entrepreneurs.It should be noted that the results of applications under the financial support program and notifications on the transfer of funds to bank accounts are sent to electronic offices of taxpayers in the Internet tax inspection ( and mobile phones in the form of SMS. In case of any questions, people can contact the call center &quot;195&quot; of the State Tax Service and the local tax authorities where they are registered. National designer dazzles crowd with stunning fashion collection Arts & Entertainment Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:22:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani fashion designers continues to captivate audiences worldwide.Fashion designer Shervin Najafpour has dazzled guests of fashion show in Turkey. Her fashion collection &quot;Land of our origin&quot; was highly appreciated by fashionistas.&quot;Land of our origin&quot; is characterized by the elegant silhouettes and gorgeous color palette.Through her fashion collection, Shervin Najafpour aims to promote Azerbaijan's rich cultural heritage.The fashion collection features 15 magnificent gowns inspired by Azerbaijani flag and Gobustan rock art.Settled since the 8th millennium BC, Gobustan is home to some of the world's most impressive rock engravingsMost of the rock engravings in Gobustan depict primitive men, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars.Stunning fashion collection was created together with the support of famous Turkish designer Haktan Bucke, world-famous Turkish &quot;Argento&quot; beachwear  company as well as &quot;Your Bohemian&quot;, which sells Shervin Najafpur collections in Antalya.The fashion collection was previously shown at Antalya Fashion Week-2020.Shervin Najafpour is a Norwegian fashion designer of Azerbaijani origin. She designs stylish clothes for many celebrities and even royal family.Last year, Shervin Najafpour presented &quot;I'm a Star&quot; collection at Antalya Fashion Week 2019 in Turkey. Her collection was highly appreciated by fashion experts. Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 35 times Politics Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 35 times, Trend reports referring to Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.Armenian armed forces were using sniper rifles.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Expanding ties with Turkey among Azerbaijan’s foreign policy priorities Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:01:00 +0400 By Akbar MammadovExpanding relations with Turkey is among Azerbaijan's key foreign policy priorities, Jeyhun Bayramov said in Ankara on August 11, in his first foreign visit as Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister.During the visit, Bayramov met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Chavushoghlu. Ceyhun Bayramov and Azerbaijan’s Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov were also received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the same day.Addressing the presser in Ankara, Bayramov said that the relations between Baku and Ankara are developing in every field in line with Heydar Aliyev’s “One nation, two states” philosophy and Ataturk’s “Azerbaijan’s joy is our joy, its sorrow is our sorrow” words.Economic cooperationBayramov noted that despite the economic crisis in the world, the trade turnover between the two countries increased by 20 percent in the first five months of 2020.“About 2,000 Azerbaijani-based companies operate in Turkey. $18.1 billion of capital has been invested in the Turkish economy by Azerbaijan,” Bayramov said. He also noted that 4,000 Turkish companies are operating in Azerbaijan and they contributed 12.6 billion dollars to Azerbaijan’s economy.“The relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey are developing dynamically in all spheres. Our trade turnover increased by 33 percent in 2019 compared to 2018,” Bayramov recalled.Underlining that the target of 15 billion dollars in bilateral trade will be exceeded in 2023 with the impact of projects such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway and TANAP, Bayramov said, &quot;the main goal of the relations established in all areas is to ensure regional security and stability, to increase the influence of our countries in the international arena and to strengthen this position.”Bayramov noted that discussions were held on the Southern Gas Corridor, which will be completed by the end of this year, and its main component, the TANAP project.  “These projects are aimed at increasing the regional power of our countries in the international arena.”Moreover, Bayramov said that Azerbaijan and Turkey have signed 241 agreements in various fields over the years. Currently, 29 additional agreements are being considered. They will be signed and implemented soon. Turkish Foreign Minister Chavushoglu, pointing to the increased mutual investments between Turkey and Azerbaijan, said that large-scale projects were implemented by Azerbaijan in Turkey.Chavushoglu highlighted Azerbaijan’s large-scale energy projects, especially those in Turkey.  &quot;Azerbaijan has taken the first place in our natural gas supply and we will increase the amount of gas we buy from Azerbaijan in the future,&quot; added Cavushoglu. He stressed the importance of the logistics and transport projects, as well as the Turkey-Nakhchivan Gas Pipeline and Kars-Nakhchivan Railway Project, saying that the gas transported via Nakhchivan is a strategic project for Turkey.Nagorno-Karabakh conflictArmenia’s occupation of Azerbaijan’s internationally-recognized territories was also on the agenda of the meeting.During the press conference, Bayramov stressed that Armenia's aggressive policy is the main obstacle to establishing lasting peace in the region.“In line with the rules of international law and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations (UN), the solutions to the conflict is clear. Azerbaijan's stance on this issue is firm and unchangeable. This problem should be solved according to the principle of territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of borders of Azerbaijan,&quot; said Bayramov.Reminding Turkey’s position on the Nagorno-Karabackh conflict, which is based on international law, Bayramova added: “We last witnessed this support on 12 July, when the Armenian army committed the military provocation in the direction of Tovuz of the Azerbaijan-Armenia border.&quot;In turn, Chavhushoglu said: “Armenia has been occupying 20 per cent of brotherly Azerbaijani lands for years. Despite the decisions and resolutions of the UN Security Council and other international organizations, Armenia avoids resolving the conflict. With such provocations, Armenia shows to the entire world that it hinders the formation of a safe environment for negotiations. The international community, as well as the OSCE Minsk Group, is not making serious efforts to resolve the conflict. We support the settlement of this conflict within the framework of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and on the basis of international law. But whatever solution Azerbaijan chooses, we will stand by Azerbaijan in that issue as well.&quot;Noting theTurkey-Azerbaijan &quot;TurAz Kartali&quot; joint military exercises being held in Azerbaijan, Cavusoglu said that these exercises have been continuing since 2014 are the best indicator of cooperation in this field. Eurovision Song Contest reaches USA World news Tue, 11 Aug 2020 18:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaEurovision Song Contest will travel across the ocean to the United States of America.The American version of the world-famous song contest is planned to be held during the holiday season of 2021, reported.Speaking about the music contest, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Martin Osterdahl Contest stressed that Eurovision Song Contest’s unique legacy dates back 65 years and its worldwide popularity is still rising.&quot;It’s time for America to experience this spectacle, through its sister competition, the American Song Contest. Love of music is universal and celebration of music in different genres and styles can transcend boundaries and unite people. We are excited to have found the right partners to offer another series that our fans across the globe can fall in love with and to share this unique competition with the American people,&quot; he added.American Song Contest is a spinoff show of the Eurovision Song Contest announcedby the European Broadcasting Union.The song contest will bring together talented singers from all 50 states of the United States.There will be several pre qualification rounds, followed by two semi finals, and then a grand final. The voting process is currently unknown. Baku awaits rainless weather Society Tue, 11 Aug 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaEcologist predict rainless weather in Baku and Absheron peninsula on August 12. Soft north-west wind will blow. The temperature on the Absheron peninsula will be +20-24 °C at night, +28-32 °C in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.In Baku, the temperature will be +22-24 °C at night, +29-31°C in the daytime.Atmospheric pressure will be 757 mm Hg. Relative humidity will reach 65-70 percent at night and 35-40 percent in the daytime. Soft north-west wind will blow on Absheron beaches. Coastal water temperature will be +24-25 °C at the northern Sumgayit, Novkhani, Pirshagi, Nardaran, Bilgah, Zagulba beaches, +25-26 °C at Turkan, Hovsan, Sahil, Shikh beaches.Rainy weather is expected in northern and western areas. It will be foggy in the mountains in the morning. East wind will intensify in some places.The temperature will be +19-24 °C at night, +31-36 °C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be +11-16 °C at night, +19-24 °C in the daytime.Some  fluctuations of meteorological factors on August 12 are expected to be mainly favorable for weather-sensitive people. Land forces and Air Force fighters involved in joint exercises Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:53:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovLand Forces and Air Force's fighter aircraft have been involved in the Azerbaijani-Turkish joint large-scale exercises, the Defense Ministry said on 11 August.The first stage of the Azerbaijani-Turkey joint large-scale live-fire tactical exercises continues with the participation of Land Forces. During this stage, the units of Land Forces have trained complex tactical elements.Using modern weapons, the units carried out tasks of repelling an imaginary enemy attack.Earlier, on August 10, crews of fighter aircrafts of Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces conducted training flights during the first stage of the joint Azerbaijani-Turkish tactical flight exercises &quot;TurAz Kartali - 2020&quot;.According to the scenario of the training phase, the military pilots trained pilotage techniques, as well as paired and group flights.The crews of the combat aircrafts could successfully fulfill the assigned tasks.The Land and Air forces of the two countries are participating in the military exercises held in line with the agreement on military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey, in accordance with the annual plan.According to the plan, exercises involving the Land Forces were held from August 1 to 5 in Baku and Nakhchivan, while exercises involving the Air Forces will be conducted from July 29 to August 10 – in Baku, Nakhchivan, Ganja, Kurdamir and Yevlakh.Thus, the personnel, armoured vehicles, artillery and mortars, combat and transport helicopters of the Air Forces, as well as air defence and anti-aircraft missile divisions of the two armies, will be involved in the military exercises. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p style=&quot;border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/body&gt; &lt;/html&gt; European Gymnastics President: 38th edition of FIG Congress to be held in Antalya Sports Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:42:00 +0400 By TrendThe 38th edition of the FIG Congress will be held in Turkey's Antalya on October 29-31, 2021, European Gymnastics President Farid Gayibov said, Trend reports with reference to the European Gymnastics.“Last month, we moved further with our planning for the post-pandemic period. This was the main topic of the online meeting of the Presidential Board of European Gymnastics,” the president said.In his words, this meeting was preceded by a video-conference of the Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) held on July 7, 2020.“The new dates of the FIG Congress were defined on the basis of consultation with the FIG affiliated Federations. Now, the 38th edition of the Congress will be held in Antalya on October 29-31, 2021,” Gayibov said.Gayibov noted that along with other decisions, changes in age requirements were approved for Acrobatic Gymnastics Age Groups for the 11th FIG World Age Group Competitions due to the postponement of this event from 2020.“This will allow the gymnasts to compete in the same age group as applied in 2020,” he said.Unfortunately, he said, FIG has received news from the Danish Gymnastics Federation of their withdrawal to host the 50th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships scheduled to be held in Copenhagen in 2021. “We understand the difficulties caused by the pandemic and the shift of the Olympic year that change the circumstances of hosting this event. We want the best for all our Federations and hope that none of them face such difficulties in planning and budgeting. We trust that FIG will overcome this obstacle and find a new host for this event,” Gayibov said.“In July, we lost one of the pioneering gymnastics stars, six-time Olympic medalist from Hungary – Olga Tass. I would like to express my sincere condolences to her family, friends and the Hungarian Gymnastics Federation. I am confident that the successful life and sports career of Ms. Tass has inspired many prominent gymnasts in their achievements and will continue to inspire future generations,” he said.Gayibov noted that the growing concern for the safety of the gymnasts, boosted by the documentary Athlete A, caught the attention of the gymnastics world and became a frontline issue.“And rightly so! As soon as this issue came to light and after the conviction of Larry Nassar in 2017, the FIG, with its head President Morinari Watanabe, took actions to fight against such cases, resulting in the establishment of the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation at its Congress in 2018. Being comprised of Safeguarding, Disciplinary and Compliance Sections, this is a real mechanism to ensure that each case reported to the Foundation by gymnasts is dealt with ethically. The fully operational foundation is investigating several cases today,” he said.“Now, we must do more on the local level to ensure a safe environment for our gymnasts. The fight against abuse should be systematic and regulated. In light of these issues, I invite all member federations to take action in educating their members on proper work ethics and standards. Lead from the bottom up,&quot; he said.Gayibov added that FIG, taking joint steps with the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation, acts as a guarantor, to make sure that breaches of such ethics are investigated and actioned. Preventing the breaches can be achieved locally.“We have many examples of great relationships between gymnasts, coaches and federations that achieved a lot together as a team. Let them be an example, inspiration and a standard of what Gymnastics really is; the purest form of teamwork striving for excellence. I am hopeful that with our joint efforts we will have only positive stories to be shared with the world,” Gayibov stated. Turkish MFA: Time for Armenia to abandon aggressive nationalist policy Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovTurkish Foreign Ministry has called on the Armenia's authorities to abandon their aggressive nationalist and jingoist policies.In a statement published in its official page on August 10, the ministry said that Armenia is “a real impediment before the regional peace and stability”, stressing that Yerevan continues its illegal occupation of Azerbaijani lands for many years.Ankara’s response comes following Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s land claims against Turkey voiced on the centenary of the Treaty of Serves of the WWI.With regards to the Sevres agreement, the Turkish Ministry said that the agreement aimed at breaking up Turkey and end its independence and sovereignty in the aftermath of WWI. In addition, the Turkish MFA called it “the disgraceful blueprints of invasion and destruction.” “Honorable Turkish Nation sent the Sèvres to the ash heap of history through its heroic War of Liberation, followed by the Peace Treaty of Lausanne of 24 July 1923,” reads the statement.The Turkish MFA also stressed that Armenia hopes for help from this document, noting “it is not surprising to see that those who opt for drawing animosity instead of a lesson from history after the lapse of a century.”“Today, after 100 years, the dare of an administration that is unable to feed even its own population, to bring forward the Sèvres document which the Turkish Nation tore up, is preposterous,” the statement reads. Bos Shelf: Sail away of jacket for Azerbaijani ACE project expected in late 2021 Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:30:00 +0400 By TrendThe construction of the jacket for the Azeri Central-East (ACE) platform has begun, said Orkhan Huseynov, commercial manager of Bos Shelf company, operator of Heydar Aliyev Baku Deep Water Jackets Plant.Huseynov made the remark at a press tour at the plant, Trend reports on August 11.According to the manager, the completion of the project on the construction of the support block for ACE is expected in 2021.&quot;The sail away of the jackets of the ACE project is expected at the end of next year,&quot; he said.As Huseynov noted, work on the Umid project continues, and the first phase will be complete in the mid-2021. Ilham Nazarov releases new album Arts & Entertainment Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan's Honored Artist Ilham Nazarov has released a new album &quot;Inspiration&quot;.The album&quot; Inspiration &quot; features Franz Schubert's &quot;Swan Song&quot; song cycle for voice and piano, Trend Life reported.The music album was recorded at Azerbaijan State Academic Philharmonic Hall and Namiq Zeynalov Record Studio.   During album recording, Ilham Nazarov was accompanied by a talented pianist, doctoral student of  Baku Musical Academy Gunel Bekirli. Ilham Nazarov is the first countertenor in the world to perform a series of works by Franz Schubert.&quot; We recorded the vocal cycle last year and sent it to the prestigious competition &quot;Best interpreters of the world&quot;, which was held in France. I was awarded the title of &quot;Best Schubert Performer.&quot; This year, I was supposed to record another Schubert cycle in France. However, all plans have been postponed till next year amid COVID-19 pandemic,&quot; Nazarov said. &quot;It is common for countertenors to sing baroque music. There are certainly some vocalists who perform one or two songs from this cycle, but to sing all 14 compositions, this has not happened yet.  I also wrote a book on how countertenors should perform works from this vocal cycle. When the publication comes out, I am also planning to provide my album as an addition. At the moment, CD &quot; Inspiration&quot; has small circulation, but if I see that there is a demand, I will definitely release more copies,&quot; the singer said. Ilham Nazarov is the only holder of two voices in Azerbaijan at once - a countertenor and a baritone.The opera singer graduated from the Baku Musical Academy. He completed a three-year internship at the Italian Academia D'Arte Lirica - first as a baritone, and then as a countertenor.He became the first Azerbaijani vocalist to perform at Rome Opera House.Ilham Nazarov has brilliantly performed in such operas as &quot;Marriage of Figaro&quot;, &quot;Intizar&quot;, &quot;Leyli and Majnun&quot;,  &quot;Aleko&quot;, &quot;Gianni Schicchi&quot; and others.Nazarov is a laureate, winner of titles and awards of various international competitions and festivals, including &quot;Citta Di Pesaro&quot; (Italy), a contest named after Jovdet Hajiyev (USA), Muslim Magomayev International Vocal Competition, etc. He was named the &quot;Best Coach&quot; at competition of vocal teachers up to 35 years old (USA).In 2017,  he took part in the 5th Bolshaya Opera International Professional Competition for Young Opera Singers. Azerbaijan's PM holds phone talk with CEO of BP Group Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:15:00 +0400 By TrendPrime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Asadov held a phone talk with the Chief Executive Officer of the BP Group Bernard Looney on August 11, the press service of Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers told Trend.During the talks, Asadov and Looney highly praised the long-term productive and mutually beneficial partnership between Azerbaijan and BP.The parties also exchanged opinions on the bilateral cooperation prospects, expressing confidence that this cooperation will continue to successfully develop. Turkish president receives Azerbaijani Foreign, Defense Ministers Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:42:00 +0400 By TrendTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has received Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov, Trend reports on August 11 referring to Turkish media outlets. Serbia voices support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovSerbia and Azerbaijan have expressed support for each other’s territorial integrity, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic who is in official visit in Baku told reporters on August 11.Stefanovic said that Serbia and Azerbaijan have discussed security cooperation and reached an agreement in expanding cooperation in the exchange of sensitive information, counter-terrorism and other significant fields.“At the same time, we held discussions in the field of economic cooperation, and we believe that cooperation in this area can be further deepened,” Stefanovic added. Stefanovic emphasized that Serbia and Azerbaijan are strategic partners and have strong friendly relations.The presser followed the meeting held between the Serbian delegation and senior Azerbaijani officials - Secretary of the Security Council under the President of Azerbaijan Ramil Usubov, Presidential Aide and Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev, Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov and Azerbaijani Ambassador to Serbia Eldar Hasanov.Nebojsa Stefanovic is also Secretary of the National Security Council and Interior Minister of Serbia.“I believe that through these visits and meetings we will achieve a higher level of cooperation,” Stefanovic  said, adding that his visit Baku aims to further develop the relations between the two countries. “Our goal is to strengthen cooperation not only in the field of security, but also in other areas,” Stefanovic told the media.The Serbian minister stressed that true friendship between the presidents, governments and peoples of the two countries can also be reflected in the economic sphere.“We are very pleased with the activities of Azerbaijani companies operating in Serbia, they are very effective. We believe that this cooperation can be further expanded and has great potential for this. This cooperation can be beneficial for both parties. I believe that this cooperation will bring the two countries closer in the future. &quot;The Serbian deputy prime minsiter noted that during the meeting, the sides stressed the importance of resolving all conflicts peacefully on the basis of UN principles.  &quot;I think this is important for the future of the countries facing the conflict and is in the interests of both countries,&quot; he added.The Serbian delegation’s visit to Baku follows the phone conversation held between President Ilham Aliyev and Serbian President Alexandar Vu?i? on August 7. During the phone call, Vu?i? said that a high-level Serbian delegation would be sent to Azerbaijan in the near future to investigate Armenia’s use of Serbian-made weapons during the recent cross-border clash with Azerbaijan.President Ilham Aliyev noted that Armenia’s use of Serbian-made ammunition in shelling Azerbaijani military and civilian positions that killed servicemen and a civilian, has caused concern among the Azerbaijani public.It should be noted on July 20, Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry summoned Serbia's Chargé d'Affaires Danica Veinovic over the delivery of a large amount of military ammunition and mortar from Serbia to Armenia.The cross-border clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia started on July 12 noon after Armenian troops fired artillery at Azerbaijani military post in Tovuz region. Azerbaijani armed forces retaliated destroying a stronghold, bombshells, vehicles and servicemen on the territory of the Armenia’s military unit by using artillery, mortars and tanks. Azerbaijan has also downed six Armenian UAVs.  Azerbaijan lost 12 servicemen, including an army general, during cross-border clashes from July 12 till July 16. Armenian forces have also been shelling civilians in villages in Tovuz. An Azerbaijani civilian in Tovuz’s Aghdam village was killed as a result of artillery shelling by the Armenian armed forces on July 14. Design of upper block for Azerbaijan's Karabakh field being developed Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:20:00 +0400 By TrendThe design of the upper block for the Azerbaijan's Karabakh field is being developed, General Director of the Karabakh Operating Company Tahir Dadashov said, Trend reports.Dadashov added that the design work is carried out by Wood company.&quot;The work is in full swing. After the completion of the engineering stage, the construction of the support block will begin. Part of the engineering work has already been completed,&quot; Dadashov said.He also noted that oil production from the Karabakh field will begin by the end of 2022. Azerbaijani oil grows in price Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:17:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by 34 cents on August 10 compared to the previous price, making up $45.62 per barrel, Trend reports with reference to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan amounted to $45.34 per barrel on August 10, which is 31 cents more compared to the previous price.Azerbaijan has been producing Azeri LT since 1997 and exporting it via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and Baku-Supsa Western Export Pipeline, as well as by rail to the Georgian port of Batumi.Azerbaijan also sells its URALS oil from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, delivering it through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline.The price of URALS with shipment from the port made up $43.66 per barrel on August 10, having shown an uptick of 34 cents.The cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea, amounted to $44.49 per barrel, rising by 23 cents compared to the previous price. 'Turkey-Azerbaijan drills sign of courage, defense power' Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:52:00 +0400 By TrendRecent large-scale military drills between Turkey and Azerbaijan demonstrated the power, courage, and defense capabilities of their armed forces, according to an Azerbaijani lawmaker, Trend reports referring to Anadolu.&quot;Military partnership constitutes an important vector of the Azerbaijan-Turkey strategic cooperation,&quot; Sevil Mikayilova, an Azerbaijani parliamentarian, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview in the wake of recent Armenian attacks on Azerbaijani border points.Calling the 13-day joint military exercises – which ended on Monday – a &quot;source of pride&quot; for both nations, Mikayilova said the drills, which included the air and ground forces, were not the first of their kind, as the two countries have been holding such exercises on a regular basis since 2015, sometimes along with neighboring Georgia.The cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey is not directed against any other country or group, she stressed, calling them cooperation &quot;for the sake of peace and partnership&quot; springing from the two states’ historical and cultural roots and ethnic identity.'Fraternal' ally&quot;For Azerbaijan, Turkey is the closest ally and fraternal country,&quot; Mikayilova said.She underlined that Ankara has always supported Baku’s &quot;fair position&quot; on resolving the Upper Karabakh issue between Armenia and Azerbaijan.&quot;We are grateful to fraternal Turkey for the immediate support demonstrated during the last attacks,&quot; she said.Upper Karabakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan, has been under illegal Armenian occupation since 1991.&quot;Turkey has many times stated that they regard the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as a national matter, and Ankara would never change its position on this problem.&quot;Relations between the two brotherly countries are seen as &quot;exemplary worldwide&quot; and are developing at a high level in almost every sphere, she said.Unity between Azerbaijan and Turkey lays the groundwork for all regional cooperation formats, Mikayilova said, adding that this unity promotes regional peace and cooperation.Border tensionFollowing the recent skirmishes on the frontier, there is currently &quot;a relative calm&quot; on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, but overall, the situation remains &quot;highly tense,&quot; she said.The lawmaker highlighted that frequent armistice breaches on the line of contact are another &quot;source of tension&quot; showing how &quot;fragile&quot; the cease-fire agreement is.&quot;So we feel a colossal threat to our western borders from the side of Armenia, and a war could flare up any moment due to Armenia’s unpredictable behavior and provocations.&quot;Last month, Armenia attacked Azerbaijani troops in the northwestern Tovuz border region. At least 12 Azerbaijani soldiers – including two senior officers – were martyred, and another four soldiers were wounded. A 76-year-old Azerbaijani civilian also lost his life.Azerbaijan accused Armenia of taking “provocative” actions, and Turkey warned that it would not hesitate to stand against any kind of attack on Azerbaijan.Aims behind attackThe recent attacks on Azerbaijani positions in Tovuz were not random but had &quot;precise aims,&quot; said Mikayilova.First of all, the attacks greatly jeopardized major energy and transport routes as well as strategic pipelines leading to Europe via Turkey which run through the Tovuz region, she said.Secondly, she said, through the provocation, Armenia’s political leadership sought to distract the Armenian pubic from its ongoing social and political crisis.&quot;Armenia is still unable to localize largely spreading coronavirus pandemics; bad government administration ultimately resulted in a deep state power crisis.&quot;Also, the provocation served as a tool for Armenia to test the &quot;outward response&quot; to its illegal actions and gauge international support, she said.&quot;For instance, Armenian attacks were committed on the eve of a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization [CSTO] timed to be held the next day, July 13,” she said, referring to a military alliance of six post-Soviet states, including Russia.“So Armenia’s political leadership tried to check how firm its basis in the organization is and whether it can rely on the CSTO,&quot; she said.But, she explained, the group’s neutral statement frustrated Yerevan, as did many other organizations and countries urging Armenia to stop its aggression.Upper Karabakh conflictMikayilova stressed that the unresolved Upper Karabakh conflict is a threat to regional security and that frequent cease-fire breaches on the line of contact and official border between Armenia and Azerbaijan should raise alarms.She said over the last quarter-century the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group has been &quot;quite an ineffective platform&quot; for resolving the conflict.Co-chaired by France, Russia, and the US, the OSCE Minsk Group was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but has never shown any results.&quot;The OSCE Minsk Group failed to create an available mechanism or initiate any proposal to push the peace diplomacy from the deadlock. Organizing talks between the conflicting sides just for the sake of talks and making a declarative statement just for the sake of a statement could not change the status quo in the negotiation process,&quot; she said.Mikayilova urged the group to impose &quot;strict sanctions&quot; on the aggressor country – Armenia – to fulfill its international obligations.&quot;The OSCE Minsk Group needs to distinguish an aggressor country from a country subjected to aggression.&quot;Four UN Security Council and two UN General Assembly resolutions as well as decisions by many international organizations demand the withdrawal of the occupying Armenian forces from Upper Karabakh and seven other occupied regions of Azerbaijan.Armenians also recently attacked diplomatic representatives of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis holding peaceful demonstrations in the US and European countries.These assaults on people protesting Armenia’s attacks on Azerbaijan were a &quot;brutal manifestation of national hatred and intolerance,&quot; Mikayilova said.Such &quot;provocations blended with terror elements&quot; seen recently in several countries should be a wake-up call to law enforcement bodies of these states, as these posed &quot;real threats to security systems&quot; on both the global and national level, she said.The first such large-scale attack happened on July 21 in Los Angeles – with half a million Armenians, a hub for the diaspora – where a large group of Armenians attacked and injured a much smaller group of Azerbaijanis peacefully protesting Armenian aggression.This incident was followed by a number of provocations staged against representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora and diplomatic missions in Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia.&quot;This shows that Armenian Nazism has been stretching all over the world and knocks on the door of other nations,” said Mikayilova.“Armenia should give up their Turkophobic aspirations and stop aggression against Azerbaijanis.” Currency rates for August 11 Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:36:00 +0400 By TrendThe official exchange rate of the US dollar and euro against Azerbaijani manat was set at 1.7 manat and 1.9979 manat respectively for August 11.Below are the rates of Azerbaijani manat against world currencies, according to the data from the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.CurrenciesAug.11, 2020Daily differenceMonthly differenceAnnual difference1 US dollar1 USD1.70001 euro1 EUR1.9979-0.00670.08160.09471 Australian dollar1 AUD1.22090.00330.04170.06351 Argentine peso1 ARS0.0233-0.0001-0.0007-0.0143100 Belarus rubles1 BYN0.69390-0.0058-0.13551 Brazil real1 BRL0.3102-0.0024-0.0079-0.12361 UAE dirham1 AED0.46280001 South African rand1 ZAR0.0964-0.0001-0.0043-0.0167100 South Korean won100 KRW0.14350.00020.00220.00311 Czech koruna1 CZK0.07630.00010.00450.00251 Chilean peso100 CLP0.2118-0.004-0.0039-0.02791 Chinese yuan1 CNY0.24460.00060.00190.00351 Danish krone1 DKK0.2683-0.00080.0110.01331 Georgian lari1 GEL0.5519-0.0012-0.0023-0.02681 Hong Kong dollar1 HKD0.21940.00010.00010.00271 Indian rupee1 INR0.022700.0001-0.00141 British pound1 GBP2.22470.00310.08520.1618100 Indonesian rupiah100 IDR0.01160-0.0002-0.0004100 Iranian rials100 IRR0.0040001 Swedish krona1 SEK0.194400.01080.01721 Swiss franc1 CHF1.858-0.00350.05270.11271 Israeli shekel1 ILS0.49890.00080.00650.011 Canadian dollar1 CAD1.27550.00470.0262-0.01011 Kuwaiti dinar1 KWD5.5575-0.00580.033-0.03091 Kazakh tenge1 KZT0.004100-0.00031 Kyrgyz som1 KGS0.021900.0002-0.0024100 Lebanese pounds100 LBP0.112300.000301 Malaysian ringgit1 MYR0.4048-0.00060.0065-0.00121 Mexican peso1 MXP0.0759-0.00010.0012-0.01161 Moldovan leu1 MDL0.10290.00010.00370.00631 Egyptian pound1 EGP0.1061-0.0003-0.00020.00341 Norwegian krone1 NOK0.18880.00070.01-0.0017100 Uzbek soums100 UZS0.01660-0.0001-0.00291 Polish zloty1 PLN0.45430.00020.02590.0141 Russian ruble1 RUB0.0231-0.0001-0.0009-0.0031 Singapore dollar1 SGD1.23880.00030.01920.00831 Saudi riyal1 SAR0.453300.00010.00011 SDR (Special Drawing Rights of IMF)1 SDR2.3915-0.00710.04430.0522<td style="box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; padding: 0.5rem 0.7rem; border: 1px solid rgb(217, 217, 21 Azerbaijani FM to meet with Turkish president Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:14:00 +0400 By TrendThe visit of Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov to Turkey is ongoing, during which he will meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said.Cavusoglu made the announcement at a press conference, Trend reports on August 11. Conference on Karabakh horse held in Russia Arts & Entertainment Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:57:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe beauty of Karabakh horse has been glorified worldwide. This magnificent horse breed is considered one of the rare species in the world and the oldest in Asia and the Caucasus.Russia has hosted an international online conference &quot;Karabakh Horse Breed: A Selection Achievement of the Azerbaijani Republic&quot;, Trend Life reported.The conference was held under the auspices of the Hipposphere International Equestrian Exhibition, with the participation of experts from Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran, Germany and the United States, including General Director of Unicorn Challenge Elvin Imanov; head of the livestock breeding and monitoring department under the Azerbaijan Ministry of Agriculture Esmira Latifova, professor at the National Academy of Sciences Pasha Hasanli; private horse breeder, editor of the &quot;Pedigree book of horses of the Karabakh breed&quot; Yashar Guluzade; co-author of the State Herd Book of Karabakh and Dilboz Breeds Taleh Mustafayev (Azerbaijan); director of All-Russian Research Institute of Horse Breeding  Alexander Zaitsev, doctor of Tabriz University, Honored Professor Hasanli Mahpeikar, Chairman of the American Non-Governmental Society for Rescue of Karabakh Horses Verena Sholian and others.The event, moderated by the director of Hipposphere International Equestrian Exhibition Evgeniya Filippova discussed Karabakh horse breed and its distinctive features. It was stressed that the Karabakh horse breed is considered one of the oldest in the world. Its homeland is the high mountains of Karabakh.These horses are a symbol of national heritage and the pride of every Azerbaijani. Karabakh horses are calm and friendly animals. Historically, a distinctive feature of Karabakh horses was the ability to overcome mountainous and rugged terrain. Today, Karabakh horses are mainly used for racing. This breed is known for its exceptional endurance. Karabakh horses are considered one of the national symbols of Azerbaijan, are the personification of freedom and nobility. Beauty, strength and grace of Karabakh horses have inspired many artists, writers and poets.Chovqan, a traditional horse-riding game played on Karabakh horses, is inscribed in UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.Back in 1956, Queen Elizabeth II was presented with the Karabakh horse Zaman, who for the first time represented the ancient horse-breeding culture of Azerbaijan in Great Britain.This stunning horse breed has a small, well-defined head, a straight profile with a broad forehead, and large nostrils. The neck is set high, average in length, muscular and elegant.The color of the Karabakh breed can be red, buckthorn, brown, bay, gray or golden-red, which is also called the &quot;golden glow&quot;.Karabakh breed horses were presented at the celebration of the anniversary of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. Azerbaijan to develop national employment map Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:38:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan is developing a national employment map on data collected from electronic information systems, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population reported on August 10.The database will collect information on the main indicators of employment across the entire administrative and territorial division of the country, labor resources, employed population, hired workers, individual entrepreneurs, owners of land plots, their section distribution, the unemployed, as well as on the status of implementation of territorial employment programs, etc.Moreover, the map for each city and region will be presented to the public in electronic form.Thus, the country's employment map will show the dynamics of the steps taken in the social and economic sphere, as well as improve the work on development and implementation of employment programs. SOCAR, Equinor to set up new joint venture in Azerbaijan Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:26:00 +0400 By TrendSOCAR and Equinor are in the process of establishing a joint venture, CEO of Karabakh Operating Company Tair Dadashev said, Trend reports.Dadashev made the announcement during a press tour at Baku Deep Water Jackets Plant.CEO noted that the new venture has already been registered abroad, and its branch is to be opened in Azerbaijan.&quot;The process will be completed in the coming days or weeks. After that, the united team of the joint operating company will fulfill combined obligations,&quot; he said. "Arabian Nights" captivate ballet lovers in Vienna Arts & Entertainment Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaFor three decades now, the Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz displays some of the best jazz, classical concerts, opera and ballet performances from all over the word. For the first time at this year's festival, Fikrat Amirov's ballet &quot;One Thousand and One Nights&quot; was presented to the audience.&quot;One Thousand and One Nights&quot; is a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. Known in English as the &quot;Arabian Nights&quot;, the work is about Scheherazade, a Sassanid Queen, who tells a series of stories to her husband, King Shahryar in order to delay her execution.The exciting story of Scheherazade laid the foundation of the ballet of the same name. &quot;One Thousand and One Nights&quot; is a ballet in two acts by Fikrat Amirov to a libretto by playwrights Magsud and Rustam Ibragimbayovs.The libretto is based on episodes from &quot;One Thousand and One Nights&quot;. The ballet was premiered in 1979 at the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theater. &quot;A Thousand and One Nights&quot; was staged last year at the Heydar Aliyev Palace in Baku and Kremlin Ballet Theater.The ballet was highly appreciated by the viewers. Magnificent performance, stage design and colorful costumes won the hearts of the spectators. Azerbaijan to reduce oil production within OPEC+ Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:53:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan will reduce its oil production by about 2.7 million tons within the OPEC+ agreement, Finance Minister Samir Sharifov said in an interview to a local TV on August 10.Sharifov stated that as a result of lower demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world faced a sharp decline in oil prices in April, amounting to $12-20 per barrel.However, he noted that the new OPEC+ agreement allowed a slight stabilization of the oil prices over the last couple of months.It should be noted that in April 2020, OPEC and non-OPEC countries entered into agreement on reduction of daily oil production by 9.7 million barrels in May-June and 164,000 barrels for Azerbaijan.Moreover, the minister stated during the last 7 months there was a reduction in the country’s oil revenues, as the average oil price in the world was $40 per barrel, and the state budget revenues of Azerbaijan were calculated from the oil price of 455 per barrel.Additionally, he noted that as part of the OPEC+ agreement, Azerbaijan has made commitments to reduce oil production. Thus, implementation of these commitments will lead to a reduction in production by 2.7 million tons, including 420,000 tons by SOCAR, and other part will fall on the consortium (Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of fields).Thus, taking all these into account, it was decided to revise the base price of oil in the state budget and reduce it to $35 per barrel. As a result, the state budget of Azerbaijan will receive by AZN 390 million less from oil sector than planned in 2020.It should be noted that within the framework of OPEC+ daily oil production reduction by 9.7 million barrels, Azerbaijan reduced production of crude oil by 163,900 barrels per day in July.According to the “Declaration on Cooperation”, Azerbaijan produced 718,000 barrels of crude oil per day in October 2018, while in May-July this year the country must maintain the average daily production of crude oil at 554,000 barrels.To meet these obligations, daily crude oil production should be reduced from 567,000 barrels per day at Azeri- Chirag-Guneshli field to 434,000 barrels, and for SOCAR from 151,000 to 120,000 barrels.On July 31, the first phase of the OPEC+ agreement of April 12 to reduce daily oil production by 9.7 million barrels was completed.In the second phase of the agreement, covering the period from August 1 to December 31, the daily production of crude oil in OPEC+ countries will be reduced by 7.7 million barrels, which is 18 percent less than in October 2018.During this period Azerbaijan should reduce daily crude production by 131,000 barrels and keep it at 587,000 barrels. Thus, during this period Azerbaijan's restrictions on daily production of crude oil will be reduced by 33,000 barrels compared to the previous three months.At the meeting of OPEC and OPEC+ countries on June 6, it was decided to extend the quota until the end of July.Azerbaijan is fulfilling its obligations under OPEC+ agreement. Thus, the average daily oil production in May amounted to 650,000 barrels, in June to 553,800 barrels and in July to 650,100 barrels.Moreover, earlier in July, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has increased the assessment of confirmed gas reserves in Azerbaijan to 1.718 billion cubic meters in 2019, which is by 19.7 percent more than in 2018.  According to the report, proven crude oil reserves in Azerbaijan are estimated at 7.000 million barrels in 2019. Constitutional Court decides on deposit insurance Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:42:00 +0400 By TrendA Plenum of Azerbaijan’s Constitutional Court held a regular court session chaired by the court's Chairman Farhad Abdullayev through written procedure of special constitutional proceedings, the press service of the court told Trend.The session considered a constitutional case on the interpretation of Article of the Law of Azerbaijan &quot;On Deposit Insurance&quot; in terms of Articles 47 and 48 of the Law of Azerbaijan &quot;On Banks&quot; at the request of Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers.Initially, hearing of Judge Kamran Shafiyev’s report on the case was held, followed by study and discussion of the written judgments of the interested parties’ representatives - Chairman of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan Elman Rustamov and Executive Director of the Deposit Insurance Fund Tural Piriyev.Further, the judgments of Head of Azerbaijani Parliament’s Economic and Social Legislation Department Mahammad Bazigov and specialist - President of the Azerbaijani Association of Banks Zakir Nuriyev, as well as the case materials were studied and discussed.After the hearing, study and discussion, the plenum adopted a decision.Taking into account the Article 12 of Azerbaijan’s Constitution and on the basis of the Article of the Law “On Deposit Insurance”, Articles 47 and 48 of the Law “On Banks”, the deposits taken after applying the corrective measure, with an increase in volume and a change in conditions, are considered protected deposits.In accordance with Article 944.1 of Azerbaijan’s Civil Code, a bank deposit agreement is considered concluded from the moment of the deposit transfer to the bank by the depositor and should be accepted as the initial (main) agreement. The date of migration of the deposit agreements cannot be considered the time of the conclusion of the deposit agreement.The decision comes into force from the date of publication, is final and irreversible, can’t be changed or officially interpreted by any authority or person. Rally held in Israel against Armenian aggression Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:25:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovA rally has been held in Tel Aviv, Israel in protest against Armenia’s recent military provocations on the border with Azerbaijan that killed 12 Azerbaijani servicemen and a civilian.Around 600 people of Azerbaijani origin, including those from the cities of Karmiel, Acre, Bat-yam, Holon and Rishon LeZion, took part in the rally organized by the &quot;Azerbaijan House in Israel&quot;, the State Committee on Work with Diaspora reported on August 10.  Azerbaijan and Israel flags, portraits of Azerbaijani soldiers killed in the April and Tovuz battles were displayed in the really. The protesters chanted slogans &quot;End to Armenian terror!&quot;, &quot;End to Armenian aggression!&quot;, &quot;Karabakh is Azerbaijan!”, “If you call me, I will come, long live native Azerbaijan! I will die for you, long live native Azerbaijan!&quot;, “Azerbaijan!”, “Israel!”, among others.“We declare with full responsibility to the whole world and most importantly, to the Armenian occupiers that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is both our tragedy and pain since truth and justice are on Azerbaijan's side,” head of Azerbaijan House in Israel Nehamia Shirin Michaeli who organized and led the rally said.“In this terrible war against the Armenian occupiers, Jews and Azerbaijanis have always fought together - we lived, rejoiced and fought together. We are proud of the fact that in this war against the Armenian invaders, one of the first national heroes of independent Azerbaijan was our brother Albert Agarunov, who became a symbol of courage and brotherhood of the Azerbaijani and Jewish peoples,&quot; Michaeli stressed.Rally participants issued a statement condemning the military provocations committed by the Armenian occupying forces on the state border in the direction of Tovuz. It was noted that as a result of the decisive response of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, the Armenian occupiers withdrew and suffered heavy losses.They demanded the Israeli government and the world community to condemn Armenia for committing Khojaly genocide and to take decisive steps to liberate Azerbaijan’s occupied Nagorno-Karabakh regions and seven adjacent regions.Recent Armenian aggression on the border with Azerbaijan has prompted rallies in various cities across the world. The cross-border clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia started on July 12 noon after Armenian troops fired artillery at Azerbaijani military post in Tovuz region. Azerbaijani armed forces retaliated destroying a stronghold, bombshells, vehicles and servicemen on the territory of the Armenia’s military unit by using artillery, mortars and tanks. Azerbaijan has also downed six Armenian UAVs.  Azerbaijan lost 12 servicemen, including an army general, during cross-border clashes from July 12 till July 16. Armenian forces have also been shelling civilians in villages in Tovuz. An Azerbaijani civilian in Tovuz’s Aghdam village was killed as a result of artillery shelling by the Armenian armed forces on July 14. Azerbaijan's pop-folk ensemble shines at music festival Arts & Entertainment Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan's pop-folk ensemble &quot;Janghi&quot; has successfully performed at Music of the World International Ethnic Festival in St. Petersburg. The folk ensemble left no one indifferent. The musicians thrilled listeners with their magnificent performance. Led by People's Artist of Azerbaijan Mirjavad Jafarov, the ensemble is a frequent guest at prestigious music competitions and international festivals.The ensemble which includes Honored Artist Ruslan Huseynov (bass guitar), Mirjavid Jafarov (tar), Nijat Bayramov (drums), Vasif Huseynzade (piano), Farhad Aliyev performed virtually amid COVID-19 pandemic.The 5th Music of the World International Ethnic Festival brought together talented musicians from Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan. The music festival featured the best ethno-rock, ethno jazz from across Russia and other countries.Traditionally, the festival program includes concerts, tours, master classes and lessons of collective improvisation on ethnic instruments, interactive classes for children and adults. Azerbaijan’s social spendings record high in 2020 Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan's Labor and Social Protection Minister Sahil Babayev has said that the government spending on social projects and employment support measures have reached record indicators in 2020.In an interview with local media, Babayev said that the targeted social assistance in the country was expanded in 2020 to cover 350,000 members of 84,000 familiesBabayev stated that a record number of over 1,500 apartments and private houses, as well as 400 cars will be handed over to martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans in 2020. In addition, the program of social services for elderly people over 65 years old covers 15,000 people.Moreover, during the special quarantine regime, more than 100,000 families received 200,000 food sets.The minister said that Azerbaijan allocated AZN 200 million ($117.6m) for the social security programs in 2020 that cover over 500,000 people.The minister added that social protection support was provided to 2 million people, of which 1,660,000 were supported in the framework of maintaining labor relations, and more than 700,000 people were supported in the framework of unemployment and support for low-income people who lost their income during quarantine.&quot;These measures once again show that the welfare of Azerbaijani citizens is at the center of state policy,&quot; Babayev said.It should be noted that Azerbaijan has also allocated AZN 53 million ($31.1m) to pay benefits to unemployed people amid COVID-19. The lump-sum payments in the amount of AZN 190 ($111.7) will be provided in Baku, Jalilabad, Ganja, Masalli, Mingachevir, Sumgayit, Yevlakh and in Absheron, Barda, Goranboy, Goygol, Khachmaz, Salyan districts regions where the special quarantine regime has been imposed.The government has also exempted legal entities and individual entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan operating in the spheres negatively affected by the COVID-19 from rental payment for the period of nine months - from April 2020 till January 2021. National chess team wins victory in online competition Sports Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:22:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovThe Azerbijani and Turkish national chess teams have participated in an onlinee competition held under the slogan “One nation, two states”.According to the final results of the six-round competition, the Azerbaijani team defeated the rival team with a score of 26:10.Shahriyar Mammadyarov, Teymur Rajabov, Gunay Mammadzade, Gulnar Mammadova, Vugar Asadli, Khanim Balajayeva, Rauf Mammadov, Gadir Huseynov, Aydin Suleymanli and Govhar Beydullayeva represented the Azerbaijani team.Following the competition, the Turkish national team will join the online Olympics on August 15, and the Azerbaijani national team on August 21.It should be noted that the online chess tournament between Azerbaijani and Turkish national chess teams was held from August 8 to August 10.The online tournament was organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan and the Chess Federations of Azerbaijan and Turkey. Azerbaijani products presented in China Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:47:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani products under &quot;Made in Azerbaijan&quot; brand have been presented at the 4th China High-End Wine and Spirits Expo 2020.The event became the first international exhibition of Azerbaijani products held in China this year. &quot;Made in Azerbaijan&quot; brand delighted the guests with mouthwatering Azerbaijani pomegranate wines, alcoholic drinks and pomegranate juices.The local visitors showed great interest in Azerbaijani products. Moreover, preliminary agreements with more than 30 local wholesalers to sell these products in different regions of China were reached as a result, Azertag reported.The event was held in the Chinese port city of Qingdao under the slogan &quot;The Strength of the brand&quot;.More than 200 local and foreign companies displayed about 6,000 types of beverages as part of the expo.The fact that it has become the first alcoholic beverage exhibition in China held in 2020 with participation of the world's leading wine producers such as France, Spain, New Zealand and Chile attracted more about 35,000 visitors. Notably, President Ilham Aliyev signed the Decree on large-scale promotion of local non-oil products in foreign markets as &quot;Made in Azerbaijan&quot; in 2016. This documents contains 10 different support mechanisms to stimulate exports and promote &quot;Made in Azerbaijan&quot; abroad.Over the past years, &quot;Made in Azerbaijan&quot; brand has been successfully represented at large-scale international events in China, Poland, Dubai, Germany, Russia and so on.  TAP publishes Network Code Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:35:00 +0400 By TrendThe Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG consortium has issued its Network Code, as approved by the national energy regulatory authorities of Greece, Albania and Italy, Trend reports citing the consortium.The TAP Network Code has been finalized following the public consultation launched in August 2018, and sets out rules that govern TAP’s services to customers, including shipper registration, credit support, capacity products offered, capacity booking, balancing, usage costs, etc.TAP will be offering capacity in line with the TAP Network Code through the PRISMA capacity booking platform.The shippers’ registration process opens on 10 August 2020.Marija Savova, TAP Head of Commercial noted that with the project construction phase now close to completion, preparations are underway for the start of operations.TAP project, worth 4.5 billion euros, is one of the priority energy projects for the European Union (EU). The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2 to the EU countries.Connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, TAP will cross Northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to connect to the Italian natural gas network.The project is currently in its construction phase, which started in 2016.Once built, TAP will offer a direct and cost-effective transportation route opening up the vital Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500-kilometer long gas value chain stretching from the Caspian Sea to Europe.TAP shareholders include BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam S.p.A. (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent). Oil edges higher on hopes for U.S. stimulus, demand recovery Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:10:00 +0400 By TrendCrude oil gained more ground on Tuesday, with prices underpinned by expectations of U.S. stimulus and a rebound in Asian demand as economies reopen, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.Brent crude LCOc1 added 22 cents, or 0.5%, to $45.21 a barrel, as of 0441 GMT. West Texas Intermediate U.S. crude CLc1 rose 32 cents, or 0.8%, to $42.26 a barrel.“Crude oil gained amid signs of further stimulus measures,” ANZ said in a note.“U.S. lawmakers continued negotiations on the massive virus relief economic package with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying there are areas where compromise is possible and a fair deal could be agreed upon. Sentiment was also boosted by comments from Saudi Aramco that demand is improving.”Prices found support after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that top congressional Democrats wanted to meet with him on coronavirus-related economic relief.The talks between Democrats and the Trump administration broke down last week.A weaker U.S. dollar also helped support higher oil prices, said Energy Aspects analyst Virendra Chauhan.After steadying on Monday the dollar was again slipping on Tuesday, easing 0.1% against a basket of currencies =USD and falling further against riskier currencies like the Australian dollar.U.S. passenger airline traffic, which was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, was down 80% in June from a year earlier, official figures showed, but still nearly twice the levels of May.On Sunday, Saudi Arabian Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said he sees oil demand rebounding in Asia as economies gradually open up.China’s factory deflation eased in July, driven by a rise in global oil prices and as industrial activity climbed back towards pre-coronavirus levels, adding to signs of recovery in the world’s second-largest economy.Energy companies have begun taking back millions of barrels of oil from the U.S. government’s emergency stockpile after renting storage in the facility to help manage a glut of crude this spring after energy demand collapsed during COVID-19 lockdowns, a Department of Energy website showed on Monday. Azerbaijan Hotel Association eyes restoring work in post-pandemic period Business Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:45:00 +0400 By TrendIn the post-pandemic period, the Azerbaijan Hotel Association plans to, at least partially, reach the success of the previous years, Chairman of the board of the Association Samir Dubandi told Trend.The tourism sector of Azerbaijan has completely dropped to zero, Dubandi said.The main reasons are the closure of borders, the suspension of the visa issuance process, the cessation of movement between countries, as well as the quarantine regime in the country, which has recently been tightened, he added.&quot;Before the recent changes in the rules of the special quarantine regime, the country's regional hotels were ready to receive guests at least on weekends. However, following the introduction of toughened quarantine on weekends in June, it has become even tougher,&quot; said the chairman.&quot;The epidemiological and quarantine situation in the country doesn’t allow talking about any activities in the near future. The hotels weren’t suspended at the legislative level. However, given the fact that the main customers of the hotel were foreign citizens, it can be said that hotels suffer a significant drop in their income and net profit,&quot; he said.&quot;There are currently over 700 hotels, hostels and motels in the country. It is impossible to say that all these hotels will survive, as not every hotel is able to withstand such economic damage and is forced to stop its activities,&quot; added Dubandi.Touching upon the activities of restaurants, Dubandi noted that 27,000 restaurants, cafes and other catering facilities across the country restricted their activities, but continued to operate within unusual conditions, namely, through 'take aways'.The restaurants were the worst-hit areas by the COVID-19 pandemic in the tourism sector, and the central restaurants in large cities were completely closed, with no chance of recovery, the chairman said.The Azerbaijan Hotel Association is a non-profit organization supporting and promoting the interests of the hotel and restaurant business in Azerbaijan. It was established and registered by the Ministry of Justice in 2009. Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 29 times Politics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:19:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 29 times, Trend reports referring to Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.Armenian armed forces were using large-caliber machine guns and sniper rifles.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. National opera singers to open Bolshoi Theater's next season Arts & Entertainment Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAfter a long break, the creative team of the Bolshoi Theater in Russia returns its work.Azerbaijani opera singers Yusif Eyvazov and Elchin Azizoz will open the theater's 245th season.The next season will open with Friedrich Schiller's &quot;Don Carlos&quot; play, bringing together opera stars Anna Netrebko, Ildar Abdrazakov, Yusif Eyvazov, Agunda Kulaeva, Elchin Azizov.Opera lovers have a chance to take a wonderful journey to the past on September 6, 8, 10.&quot;Don Carlos&quot; is a historical tragedy in five acts by Friedrich Schiller, written between 1783 and 1787.The title character is Carlos, Prince of Asturias and the play as a whole is loosely modeled on historical events in the 16th century under the reign of King Philip II of Spain.Known for his beautiful voice, Yusif Eyvazov is a regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses. His name is included in the book &quot;The Best Tenors of the World&quot;.The unique sound of his voice and his vibrant stage presence allow him to combine an active opera career with numerous concert performances.The opera singer has appeared on numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon including a complete recording of Puccini’s &quot;Manon Lescaut&quot; live from the Salzburg Festival and with his spouse, soprano Anna Netrebko’s on the cross-over album &quot;Romanza&quot;. In 2017, Yusif Eyvazov was awarded the title of People’s Artist of Azerbaijan.Elchin Azizov has been a soloist of the Bolshoi Theater since 2008. He has successfully performed in Pyotr Tchaikovsky's &quot;Iolanta&quot;, Sergei  Prokofiev's &quot;The Love for Three Oranges&quot;, Georges Bizet's &quot;Carmen&quot;, Giuseppe Verdi's  &quot;Don Carlos&quot; and so on.He is the winner of the 2nd Prize of the International Opera Singers Contest of Galina Vishnevskaya (2008), and the 4th Prize of the International Opera Singers Contest of Bulbul in Baku (2005).Together with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov, he participated in the Half Way Around the World concert. Hot weather expected in Baku Society Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:03:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaRainless weather is expected  in Baku and Absheron peninsula on August 11. Mild south-east wind will blow. The temperature on the Absheron peninsula will be +21-24 °C at night, +29-33 °C in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.In Baku, the temperature will be +22-24 °C at night, +30-32°C in the daytime.Atmospheric pressure will be 757 mm Hg. Relative humidity will reach 65-75 percent at night and 45-55 percent in the daytime. Mild south-east wind will blow on Absheron beaches. Coastal water temperature will be +24 -25 °C at the northern Sumgayit, Novkhani, Pirshagi, Nardaran, Bilgah, Zagulba beaches, +25-26 °C at Turkan, Hovsan, Sahil, Shikh beaches.Rainy and foggy weather is expected in mountainous regions. East wind will blow and occasionally intensify in some places.The temperature will be +18-23 °C at night, +30-35 °C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be +10-15 °C at night, +19-24 °C in the daytime.Weak and moderate fluctuations of meteorological factors on August 10-11  are expected to be mainly favorable for weather-sensitive people. President Aliyev: Completion of South Gas Corridor our main focus [UPDATE] Politics Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovPresident Ilham Aliyev has voiced Azerbaijan’s commitment to complete the Southern Gas Corridor that will take Azerbaijan gas to European markets.“The completion of the Southern Gas Corridor is our main focus now. This project is being successfully implemented. TAP [Trans Adriatic Pipeline], which is its fourth and final project, is nearing completion,” Aliyev said.The president made the remark at a ceremony to send offshore the support block of the Karabakh field of the Baku Heydar Aliyev Deep Water Jackets Plant on August 10.“Today, offshore work on Karabakh field got started. This is a very important stage in the development of the field. This huge facility was built in Azerbaijan. Today it is being sent to the sea by Azerbaijani specialists,” Aliyev said.He emphasized that today, Azerbaijan is returning to the once-abandoned Karabakh field and this huge support block is a clear evidence of that.“Just as today we return to the once-abandoned ‘Karabakh’ field, in the same way, we will return to our native Karabakh. Karabakh is ours, Karabakh is Azerbaijan!”, Aliyev stressed.Karabakh support block has been built by SOCAR's BOS Shelf Company at the Baku Heydar Aliyev Deep Water Jackets Plant. The facility is designed for oil and gas exploration and production. It has an estimated 60 million tons of oil reserves.Aliyev described the Southern Gas Corridor as “our historic achievement,” and said that the construction of three interconnected gas pipelines with a length of 3,500 km will be completed soon to deliver Azerbaijani gas to Europe.“The Southern Gas Corridor will be fully operational. This is very important and I think it is a historic event. Because it allows ensuring the full development of the ‘Shah Deniz’ field,” Aliyev said.The president emphasized that the “Shah Deniz” field will supply gas to Azerbaijan and partner countries at least a hundred years from now. “At the same time, we are determined to expand our export geography,” he added.Aliyev pointed out that gas extracted from “Shah Deniz” field will be delivered to Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy.“If a gas network is established in Albania, Albania will be our natural partner, and we can export gas there as well. It is possible to supply Azerbaijani gas to other neighbouring countries in the Balkans,” Aliyev noted.Aliyev also said that Azerbaijan is compiling a new energy map of Eurasia.Commenting on the support block of the Karabakh oil field, Aliyev said that this is a very remarkable event.The president expressed his confidence that the upper part of the foundation will be built on time, and it will be possible to begin the full-scale development of the Karabakh field.“As a result of the implementation of Heydar Aliyev's oil strategy in the 1990s, a contract on the distribution of shares was signed. Three wells were drilled in this field in the 1990s. However, foreign partners did not believe in the effectiveness of the Karabakh field, the contract was terminated and the Karabakh field was abandoned. However, our experts were fully confident that this field has great potential,” noted the president.Aliyev highlighted the fact that the fourth well, which was drilled in 2020, has become effective and thus the field has been fully discovered.“I must also note that this is the first oil field discovered in Azerbaijan during the period of independence. &quot;Azeri&quot;, &quot;Chirag&quot;, &quot;Gunashli&quot; fields were discovered during the Soviet period. Shah Deniz and Absheron fields are gas condensate fields.”  He stressed that the support block of the Karabakh oil field in the largest one in the Caspian Sea.Noting that this facility has a very complex and huge construction structure, Aliyev touched upon its technological features.“The device weighs more than 16,000 tons and is about 190 meters high. Considering that the area where the Karabakh field is located belongs to the very deep part of the Caspian Sea, of course, there was a great need for the construction of such a huge facility. I must also say that the water depth in the Karabakh field is 180 meters, and I think that is why oil and gas were not extracted from this field in Soviet times.”The president also expressed satisfaction with the fact that Azerbaijani specialists constructed this facility and noted that the vast majority of the work done was done by Azerbaijani specialists and workers.Presently about 5,000 people work at Baku Deep Water Jacket Factory, he noted.In terms of the output, Aliyev said that if things go as planned, the first oil and the first gas should be extracted from the Karabakh oil field by late 2020.The president pointed out that the oil reserves of the Karabakh field are estimated at 60 million tons. “I am convinved that this figure will increase during the development period,” added Aliyev. Speaking about the estimation of “Azeri”, “Chirag”, “Gunashli” oil fields, he underlined that this field will produce at least 1.5 million tons of oil and 1.5-1.8 billion cubic meters of gas per year.Touching upon other oil and gas projects, the president emphasized that maintaining stable production at the “Azeri”, “Chirag” and “Gunashli” fields is important for the country.“The Azerbaijani public must know that a significant part of our gas potential is formed at the expense of “Azeri”, “Chirag” and “Gunashli” fields.Saying that the “Shah Deniz-2” project is also successfully being implemented, Aliyev stressed that it is one of the greatest gas-condensate fields in the world. “Full-scale development of “Shah Deniz-2” will give us an additional 16 billion cubic meters of gas,” he said, noting that this gas field will contribute to providing the domestic demand, as well as the volume of gas for export.Furthermore, Aliyev highlighted that the first gas is expected to be extracted from the Absheron gas condensate field in 2021.“There will be two stages in the development of the Absheron field. As a result of the first stage, 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas will be produced and consumed in Azerbaijan. Our growing industrial potential dictates that we need additional resources. Therefore, 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas will be consumed in the country. We are also approaching the start of the second phase of the Absheron field. Production will probably be 3-4 times more. This will have a positive impact on our gas potential.”Touching upon the “Shafag-Asiman” field, the president said that this field also has great potential where drilling is now underway. “Drilling will show the exact amount of reserves,” he noted.Karabakh oil field with over 60 million tons of crude was discovered by SOCAR and Norwegian “Equinor” company in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, 120 kilometres east of Baku. It should be noted that the drilling of the first appraisal well on the “Karabakh” field began on December 23, 2019. SOCAR's CDC drilling company drilled this well with “Dada Gorgud” floating drilling rig at a depth of 180 meters. Productive layers of the deposit are located at a depth of 3.4 km. Baku to mark International Youth Day Politics Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:51:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaA video conference dedicated to the International Youth Day will be held on August 12.Initiated by Azerbaijan National Commission for UNESCO, the conference will focus on UNESCO's activities in the field of youth policy, prospects of Azerbaijan-UNESCO cooperation in this field, as well as aspects of youth policy in Azerbaijan.  The event will be attended by representatives of government agencies and youth organizations.International Youth Day is commemorated every year on August 12. On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that August 12 be declared International Youth Day.The theme of the International Youth Day 2020, &quot;Youth Engagement for Global Action&quot; seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.Youth policy has always been one of the priorities in Azerbaijan. Young people here are distinguished with their active roles in all sectors of public life including political, economic, humanitarian and social sectors. As a result of state policy, many young people in Azerbaijan have achieved their full potential in various spheres of life.Azerbaijan annually celebrates the National Youth Day on February 2. The public holiday takes its origin from the First Youth Forum which was held in 1996.A year later, national leader Heydar Aliyev signed a decree according to which February 2 was declared the Day of Azerbaijani Youth. Country's tourism industry discussed at virtual meetings Business Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:41:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaWith multiple tourism destinations, Azerbaijan has always attracted tourists from around the world. For many years, tourism sector is playing a great role in the country's life.Despite all extraordinary challenges presented by COVID-19 pandemic, Azerbaijan Tourism Bureau continues to promote the country's tourism industry.Some 68 virtual meetings with tour operators and tourism companies from the Middle East, India, China, Russia, Belarus, the UAE, South Korea, Israel, Germany and Ukraine were successfully held in July.More than 249 participants attended 9 webinars organized as well.The virtual conferences covered tourism industry in the post-pandemic period, forms of sanitation and hygiene, new trends in world tourism.The events participants were informed about a number of e-learning platform users.About 1212 people from more than 50 countries in Europe, the Middle East, the CIS and South Asia used this platform to learn more about Azerbaijan.The platform provides insight into Azerbaijani nature, customs and traditions and much more.In addition, two online study tours were organized for more than 55 tourism representatives from target market countries.In total, 56 webinars and 176 online meetings were held with tourism partners in foreign markets in May, June and July, which were attended by more than 2,000 participants. Azerbaijani-Turkish joint drills continue with helicopters, special forces Politics Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:32:00 +0400 By Akbar MammadovThe first stage of the &quot;TurAz Qartali-2020&quot; joint tactical-flight exercises of the Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces is underway, the Defense Ministry reported on August 9.During the exercises, the Air Force pilots have performed tasks to prevent the activities of the imaginary adversary, to detect and destroy its various objects, moving and stationary armoured vehicles, including other targets that suddenly appear.Thus, exemplary training flights were held in the training area of the helicopters, which were brought to full readiness.Earlier, on the same day special units were also involved in the first stage of the joint Azerbaijani-Turkish large-scale tactical exercises.At this stage of the exercises, the special forces trained in combat operations to arrive at the designated areas by helicopters, to assault on important strategic and military facilities by covertly moving through various relief terrains, as well as to seize advantageous positions.The Land and Air forces of the two countries are participating in the military exercises held in line with the agreement on military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey, in accordance with the annual plan.According to the plan, exercises involving the Land Forces were held from August 1 to 5 in Baku and Nakhchivan, while exercises involving the Air Forces will be conducted from July 29 to August 10 – in Baku, Nakhchivan, Ganja, Kurdamir and Yevlakh.Thus, the personnel, armoured vehicles, artillery and mortars, combat and transport helicopters of the Air Forces, as well as air defence and anti-aircraft missile divisions of the two armies, will be involved in the military exercises. Industry accounts for over half of capital investments in Azerbaijan Business Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:25:00 +0400 By TrendAround 3.9 billion manat ($2.2 billion) was allocated from all financial sources to the fixed capital from January through April 2020 to develop the socio-economic sphere of Azerbaijan, Trend reports citing the State Statistical Committee (SCC) of Azerbaijan.Over the reporting period, 2.6 billion manat ($1.5 billion), or 67.2 percent of the used funds was spent on production facilities, 875.2 million manat ($514.8 million) or 22.4 percent – on service areas, and 406 million manat ($238.8 million) or 10.4 percent - on the construction of houses.Some 2.34 million manat ($1.37 million) or 59.9 percent of the funds allocated to fixed assets accounted for internal funds, 2.38 million manat ($1.4 million) or 61.1 percent of the funds allocated to fixed assets were spent directly on construction and installation works.Meanwhile, about 69 percent of all investments in the amount of 2.02 billion manat ($1.19 billion) was spent on production of goods, 21.1 percent or 619.7 million manat ($364.53 million) – on services, and 9.9 percent or 288.7 million manat ($169.82 million) – on the construction of residential buildings.The funds of enterprises and organizations made up 2.4 billion manat ($1.4 billion), budget funds – 821.2 million manat ($483.06 million), private funds – 257.5 million ($151.47 million), bank loans – 220.6 million manat ($129.76 million), extrabudgetary state funds – 95.9 million manat ($56.41 million), and other funds – 87.3 million manat ($51.35).From January through April 2020, in the total cost of fixed capital investments, 53.7 percent accounted for industry, 21.8 percent - for construction, 12.6 percent - for transport and storage facilities, 3.3 percent - for professional, scientific and technical activities, 2.1 percent – for agriculture, forestry and fishing, 1.7 percent - for public administration, defense and social security.One percent of the investments accounted for information and communications, 0.4 percent - for tourist accommodation and vehicle repairs, as well as provision of medical, social, administrative and support services to the population each, and 0.1 percent – for recreation, entertainment and art, financial and insurance activities each.During the reporting period, 1.8 billion manat ($1.06 billion) was invested in the oil sector. Some 2.1 billion manat ($1.24 billion) were invested in the non-oil sector development, of which 289.7 million manat or $170.41 million (7.4 percent of the total investment) was used in the industrial sector.(1 USD = 1.7 manat on May 23) Azerbaijan reports 278 new COVID-19 recoveries Society Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 278 new COVID-19 recoveries in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers reported on August 10.Some 79 patients have been infected and 2 patients have died in the reported period. So far, 33,647 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 30,642 patients have recovered, 492 people have died. Currently, 2,513 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 5,015 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 790,141 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. New composition of Azerbaijani delegation to BSEC approved Politics Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadNew members of Azerbaijani delegation to Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization were elected during the 55th Plenary Session of Azerbaijani Parliament of the General Assembly of the BSEC, held recently in a video format.During the session, a new composition of Azerbaijani delegation, of six people, was approved. It should be noted that the previous delegation consisted of five people.The session was attended by BSEC Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General Asaf Hajiyev, and representatives of the organization’s member states- Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Armenia.Azerbaijan was presented by MP’s, BSEC Deputy Chairman, head of Azerbaijan’s delegation to the organization Eldar Guliyev and member of the delegation Eldar Ibrahimov.The plenary session chaired by E.Guliyev adopted the agenda of the event, approved the protocol of the 54th plenary session held on November 20-21 in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, and presented the report on the organization's activity.During the meeting, the participants were informed about the activity of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.Moreover, the Assembly elected the Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly.Additionally, audit report for fiscal year 2019 was presented during the meeting.As a result of the meeting, the chairmanship of the organization was transferred to Greece on a rotational basis. Water supply, sewerage projects underway in Gazakh region Business Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:52:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe drinking water supply and sewage system of western Gazakh region is being reconstructed in line with the state program approved by President Ilham Aliyev, Azersu reported.The reconstruction of drinking water supply and sewerage systems in region started in 2019 as part of the project co-financed by the Government of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Development Bank Taking and taking into account the population growth, settlement expansion, disrepair of water supply system in region and inability of infrastructure to meet current and future needs of the population.The project aims to improve access to water and sanitation services for 26,000 people in the region. In addition, the project envisages supply of drinking water to Agkoynak, Garapapag, Huseynbeyli and Dag Qasaman villages of Gazakh and Agstafa regions in the future. Overall, 45,000 residents will benefit from the project.Seven of the 12 sub-artesian wells to be drilled in Agstafa region, will provide Gazakh region and surrounding villages with sustainable drinking water. A 4-kilometre section of a 9-kilometre main water pipeline has been laid from the spring to Gazakh.More than 60 percent of the construction of a 10,000 cubic meter reservoir to provide the region with drinking water has already been completed. Of the 106 kilometer water distribution network that will be built in Gazakh, 80 km is already ready.In total, the new network will install counters for 5870 addresses.Moreover, the city's sewerage infrastructure is being reconstructed. 70 percent of works on construction of 82 km of the sewerage network and 4.4 km of sewerage collector in the region have been carried out.The construction of drinking water supply and sewerage networks is planned to be completed by the end of 2020. A treatment plant with a capacity of 10,000 cubic meters per day is under construction to treat and neutralize the region's wastewater.In order to improve the working conditions of employees and the quality of services provided to consumers, the construction of a modern office building for the Gazakh Sukhanal region has been completed. Croatian media features Armenians' hate crimes against Azerbaijanis Politics Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:46:00 +0400 By TrendThe Croatian media published an article highlighting hate crimes by Armenians against Azerbaijanis, Trend reports.In the article, Head of the Azerbaijan-Croatia Interparliamentary Relations Working Group, Azerbaijani MP Konul Nurullayeva drew the international community's attention to the occupation policy of Armenia and the hate crimes committed by members of the Armenian diaspora against Azerbaijanis.“Azerbaijan has always supported the peaceful way of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within international law and demonstrated a constructive approach in the negotiation process under the co-chairmanship of the US, France and Russia. Baku justifiably expects the same constructive approach from the opposite side. But these expectations yielded no results yet. And in the course of peaceful protests abroad, it was representatives of the Armenian diaspora who violated public order,” the article said.&quot;After the provocation on the [Azerbaijani-Armenian] border, the Armenians attacked the buildings of Azerbaijan's diplomatic missions abroad. Some of these provocations took place in the US,&quot; the article noted.“Provocation and an attack were carried out in Los Angeles, where a group of Armenians surrounded the building of the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in LA. They attacked members of the Azerbaijani community, who were conducting a peaceful rally, and inflicted bodily injuries of varying severity on seven Azerbaijanis, including one woman. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed that it was the Armenians who attacked the Azerbaijanis during these events. In addition, in connection with the incident, LAPD announced that a criminal case would be initiated not only under the article 'bodily harm', but under a more serious article - a hate crime,&quot; noted the article.The US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Earle Litzenberger, who was summoned to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to the incident, emphasized the inadmissibility of justifying the attack on Azerbaijanis by vastly outnumbering Armenians. “The US supports the right to free speech, but such actions of the Armenians are completely unacceptable.&quot;“On July 22, the Armenians living in Belgium also held an aggressive demonstration in front of the Azerbaijani embassy in Brussels and the mission to the EU. As a result of the attacks of the Armenians, who threw stones, sharp objects and pyrotechnics at the embassy building, six representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora, as well as one journalist, were injured. In addition to damaging a building and a car belonging to a member of the Azerbaijani community, an attempt was made to attack the area where the families of diplomats live,” said the article.Nurullayeva noted that both in peace negotiations and along theAzerbaijani-Armenian border, Armenia demonstrates similar aggression and destructiveness as in the streets of Europe and the US.“Unfortunately, it is precisely because of Armenia’s destructive position no results have been achieved in the peace negotiations. After the adoption of four resolutions of the UN Security Council, as well as the announcement of a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, about 900 Azerbaijani servicemen were killed and injured as a result of Armenian attacks. In total, as a result of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict 20,000 of our compatriots died and 50,000 became disabled; during the conflict, more than 6,000 Azerbaijani citizens went missing or were taken hostage. Over a million of our compatriots were expelled from their lands and became refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs),&quot; the article said.“It is necessary to increase pressure on Armenia so that it abandons its occupation policy, the hate crimes should be replaced by efforts to strengthen peace and an atmosphere of trust. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group should be active in this process,” added the article.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Azerbaijan's cargo transportations via TRACECA hit 21.6 million tons Business Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:34:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe volume of cargo transportation in the Azerbaijani section of the Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) amounted to 21.6 million tons in January-June this year, State Statistics Committee reported on August 10.According to the statement, the cargo turnover amounted to 4.8 billion ton-kilometers. Thus, during the reporting period, there were decrease by 13.7 percent and 8 percent in cargo transportation and turnover respectively.Moreover, during the reporting period, 58.1 percent or 12.5 million tons of cargo were transported by road, 30 percent or 6.5 million tons by rail, and 11.9 percent or 2.5 million tons by sea.Additionally, 20 percent or 4.3 million tons of goods were transported by transit.Earlier it was reported that the volume of Azerbaijan’s trade operations amounted to $12.6 billion in the first half of 2020. In June, the volume of trade operations in Azerbaijan amounted to $1.5 billion, out of which $824.4 million fell on imports and $714.3 million on exports.Established in 1993, TRACECA is an international transport program involving the European Union and 12 member states of the Eastern European, Caucasian and Central Asia region (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan).The program aim is to provide assistance in the restoration of the transport infrastructure of the newly independent states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia, create a shortest transport corridor connecting Europe and Asia and thereby integrate the region into the West.Thus, Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor connects Frankfurt (Germany) with Shanghai (Chine).In 2019, TRACECA transported 52.8 million tons of cargo through Azerbaijan, including 8.8 million tons or 15.3 percent of transit cargo.