Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Azerbaijan shows footage from Dordchinar village of Fuzuli district http://www.today.az/news/politics/202730.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:39:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has disseminated the video footage from Dordchinar village of Fuzuli district, Trend reports with reference to the ministry. Footage: Dostlug field to help develop Azerbaijan’s petrochemicals industry – Bryza http://www.today.az/news/politics/202726.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:27:00 +0400 By TrendThe agreement reached today between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to work together on exploring and developing the Dostlug oil and gas field in the Caspian Sea is a major milestone, former US ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza told Trend.“With this agreement now, I think not only is it possible for the two countries to work together to develop the Dostlug field, but it should also clear the way for cooperation on natural gas production or at least transit from Turkmenistan across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan and beyond. That would be very important for Turkmenistan to give its outlets to reliable markets,” he said.Bryza pointed out that New volumes of gas from Turkmenistan, especially from other fields of Turkmenistan in the Caspian Sea have a natural market in Azerbaijan to help develop Azerbaijan’s petrochemical industry, but also maybe in Turkey.“Perhaps, these new volumes of natural gas could allow for expansion of Azerbaijan’s petrochemicals industry. In short, this is a very important agreement that paves way for a wide range of cooperation,” he added. Azerbaijani minister denies possibility of selling SOCAR’s shares http://www.today.az/news/business/202725.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:15:00 +0400 By TrendThere are no plans to sell stakes in state companies this year, including in the state oil company of Azerbaijan SOCAR, Azerbaijani Minister of Economy Mikayil Jabbarov said in an interview with Bloomberg, Trend reports.“But Azerbaijan intends to adopt a privatization program that will include “new assets that haven’t been offered until now,” the minister said, without offering a timeframe for sales.“We don’t believe it’s correct to do privatization for the sake of privatization or to do privatization within a certain deadline,” Jabbarov said. “That’s why our choice was to set up an investment holding company, giving it a chance to work and increase shareholder value.”“As part of efforts to boost growth, the Caspian Sea nation is moving 21 major government-owned companies to a new state holding company tasked to improve efficiency and corporate governance as well as prepare them for possible privatization,” the minister said.“The end of the conflict over the occupied territories will improve stability in the Caucasus and boost Azerbaijan’s role as a regional hub, with more trade and transit of goods and people contributing to prosperity,” Jabbarov said. Armenian PM says Shusha Azerbaijani city http://www.today.az/news/politics/202724.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaArmenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has admitted that Shusha has always been an Azerbaijani city and its Azerbaijani population made up over 90 percent before the city was occupied by Armenian troops in 1992. Pashinyan made this statement in the Armenian parliament on January 20, while answering MPs' questions."During the entire period of the negotiation process, there was not a single option (settlement) that did not provide for the return of Azerbaijani refugees to Shushi [Shusha]. The Azerbaijani population of Shushi exceeded 90 per cent before the start of the conflict and its liberation (editorial note: the occupation of the city by Armenian forces in 1992). That is, you want to say that the city of Shushi, which has over 90 per cent of the Azerbaijani population, is Armenian in this status?" Pashinyan said.He also stressed that it was impossible to stop the war in Nagorno-Karabakh with less "territorial losses". Pashinyan made the remarks after Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan alleged that "Shusha is the centre of Armenian culture".Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that on October 19-20, he had a series of telephone conversations with both Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Pashinyan. He said that in general, he managed to convince Aliyev that it is possible to stop the hostilities, "but the return of refugees, including to the city of Shusha, was an obligatory condition set by the Azerbaijani president".President Ilham Aliyev recently announced the city of Shusha the capital of Azerbaijani culture. Azerbaijani armed forces liberated Shusha from Armenian occupation on November 8, 2020. This day went down into history as Azerbaijan's Victory Day. Azerbaijani mosques, historical and cultural sites in Shusha were destroyed by the Armenian troops during 30 years of occupation. Azerbaijan started the construction of the Ahmadbayli-Alkhanli-Fuzuli-Shusha road and plans to build the Fuzuli-Shusha railway.It should be noted that Azerbaijan will allocate AZN 2.2 billion ($1.3bn) for reconstruction works on the liberated territories in 2021. In particular, these funds will be used to restore the infrastructure (electricity, gas, water, communications, roads, education, health, etc), as well as cultural and historical monuments.A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10 brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. -- Country registers 218 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/202728.html Society Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:55:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 218 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on January 21.Some 770 patients have recovered and 9 patients have died in the reported period. So far, 228,246 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 218,387 patients have recovered, 3,053 people have died. Currently, 6,806 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 5,309 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 2,341,807 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. Precious metal prices up in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/202723.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:45:00 +0400 By TrendThe prices of precious metals increased in Azerbaijan on Jan. 21 compared to the previous price, Trend reports on Jan. 21 referring to the data published by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).The price of gold increased by 58.3695 manat or $34.335 (1.87 percent) and amounted to 3,182.2555 manat or $1,871.915 per ounce.The price of silver increased by 1.2444 manat or 73 cents (2.91 percent) and amounted to 44.0657 manat ($25.921).The price of platinum increased by 15.5975 manat or $9.175 (0.84 percent) and amounted to 1,882.784 manat ($1,107.52).The price of palladium increased by 10.1745 manat or $5.985 (0.25 percent) and amounted to 4,053.7775 manat ($2,384.575).In monthly terms, the price of gold decreased by 41.276 manat or $24.28 (1.3 percent) per ounce, platinum increased by 102.1785 manat or $60.105 (5.7 percent) per ounce, silver decreased by 1.2328 manat or 72 cents (2.7 percent) per ounce, palladium increased by 11.6875 manat or $6.875 (0.3 percent).On an annualized basis, the price of gold increased by 519.0865 manat or $305.345 (19.5 percent), silver grew by 13.2171 manat or $7.774 (42.8 percent), palladium decreased by 232.492 manat or $136.76 (5.4 percent) and platinum increased by 142.936 manat or $84.08 (8.2 percent).Date:Gold(XAU)Silver(XAG)Platinum(XPT)Palladium(XPD)Jan. 21, 20213,182.255544.06571,882.7844,053.7775Jan. 19, 20213,123.88642.82131,867.18654,043.603Dec. 21, 20203,223.531545.29851,780.60554,042.09Jan. 21, 20202,663.16930.84861,739.8484,286.2695Change in a day:in man.58.36951.244415.597510.1745in %1.872.910.840.25Change in a monthin man.-41.276-1.2328102.178511.6875in %-1.3-2.75.70.3Change in a year:in man.519.086513.2171142.936-232.492in %19.542.88.2-5.4 Azerbaijani banks buy more foreign currency at CBA's auction http://www.today.az/news/business/202722.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:27:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) sold $67.4 million to the local banks at the foreign exchange auction held with the participation of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) on January 21, 2021, Trend reports citing the country's CBA.The demand from banks at the auction increased by 1.5 percent compared to the previous indicator and was fully met.At the end of the auction, the weighted average rate of the manat to the US dollar amounted to 1.7 AZN / USD.The first foreign exchange auction for a long time was held with the participation of SOFAZ on March 10, 2020, during which Azerbaijani banks purchased $323.2 million.The CBA began to conduct currency auctions through a one-way sale of currency in a competitive environment from mid-January 2017.In March 2020, it was decided to hold extraordinary currency auctions due to the increased demand of the population for foreign currency amid the failure of the OPEC + deal, which led to a sharp drop in oil prices. Azerbaijani SOCAR suspends work offshore, open onshore areas due to bad weather http://www.today.az/news/business/202721.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:15:00 +0400 By Trend Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company (SOCAR) has suspended work at offshore and open onshore areas due to weather conditions, Ibrahim Ahmadov, deputy head of the public relations and events department at SOCAR told Trend on Jan.21.According to Ahmadov, the company maximized security measures due to the deterioration of the weather.On Jan.21, snow fell in Baku, mostly in the Yasamal, Nizami and Khatai districts of the capital.Earlier, the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources forecasted that since the evening of Jan. 19 up to Jan.21 in Azerbaijan there will fall precipitation, in some places rain passing into sleet and snow, increase in the speed of the north-west wind to 15-20 meters per second, sometimes to 23-28 meters per second, while the air temperature will drop by 5-8 degrees, at a night between January 21-22, the roads can cover with ice. Azerbaijani citizens arrested in Libya set free, return home http://www.today.az/news/politics/202727.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:55:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani citizens Elmikhan Baghirov and Aliagha Babayev, arrested in Libya, have returned to the homeland on Jan.21, Trend reports citing the press service of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry.According to the press service, in March 2016, a vessel belonging to a Turkish registered company and flying the flag of Sierra Leone was detained by the Libyan Coast Guard while sailing in the Libya-Malta-Turkey direction. “Members of the vessel's crew, consisting of 12 people, including 3 citizens of Azerbaijan, were imprisoned for five years for smuggling oil products. Unfortunately, one of the citizens, sailor Elshad Huseynov died in Libya,” the press service noted. “As a result of measures taken by the Azerbaijani government in connection with the return of the imprisoned citizens - the vessel’s captain Elmikhan Baghirov and the sailor Aliagha Babayev to the homeland, on December 29, 2020, the Libyan General Prosecutor's Office decided to release and place them in a temporary detention center.“Later, via the efforts of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry and Consulate General in Turkish Istanbul for the urgent evacuation of Elmikhan Baghirov and Aliagha Babayev they were brought back to the homeland by a plane flying on Tripoli-Istanbul-Baku route. The evacuation process was carried out with the support of Turkey and Libya, coordination activities of Ukraine, and the support of the shipping company,” added the press service. Armenia's ecological terror against Azerbaijan during three-decade occupation http://www.today.az/news/politics/202729.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:47:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaArmenia’s three-decade occupation of Azerbaijani territories extensively damaged the ecosystem, wildlife and natural resources in and around the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region.Armenians also resorted to large-scale acts of ecological terror in regions they had to leave under the trilateral November peace deal that stipulated the return of Azerbaijan’s occupied territories.Ecological terror after the peace dealDeeply frustrated by heavy losses and failure during the Second Karabakh War that saw Azerbaijan liberate its occupied territories, Armenians destroyed almost everything in thelands they had been occupying. The joint peace deal signed on November 10, stipulated that Armenians leave occupied regions Kalbajar by 15 November (later extended to 25 November), Aghdam by 20 November and Lachin by 1 December. Azerbaijan agreed to delay the takeover of Kalbajar until November 25 after a request from Armenia.Large-scale ecological terror was especially observed during the handover of Kalbajar region to Azerbaijan that was stipulated by the November agreement. The handover of Kalbajar was accompanied by grave deforestation as the region’s Armenian residents were cutting the trees before leaving. The vast amount of trees were chopped and transported from Kalbajar on large tracks as Armenians left the Armenian-occupied region. Videos have also emerged of decapitated horses and donkey scattered across Kalbajar. Furthermore, Armenians have been setting fire to their homes to prevent them from falling into Azerbaijanis’ hands.Armenian forces also set deliberate fire at Shusha forest with the total area of 8,526 hectares. Experts believe that the burning of the trees was calculated to stop Azerbaijan’s use of drones in its liberation of Shusha city. Azerbaijan liberated Shusha on November 8 after 28 years of Armenia’s control over the city. Shusha was Karabakh’s second-largest city with the Azerbaijani-majority population. Experts note that the total forest area under Armenia's occupation was 247,352 hectares; about 13,197 hectares of these are of particular importance.“More than 460 wild plants and shrubs grow in these forested areas. Of these, 70 are endemic and do not grow naturally anywhere else in the world. In Kalbajar region, 968 hectares of trees included on the IUCN [International Union for Conservation of Nature] Red List were also cut down and sold abroad,” expert Naghi Ahmadov said.Officials urge end to Armenian eco-terrorCommenting on the situation, Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev urged an end to Armenia’s ecological terror.“Armenians are damaging the environment and civilian objects. Environmental damage, ecological terror must be prevented,” Hajiyev said.Deputy Ecology and Natural Resources Minister Vugar Karimov strongly condemned large-scale ecological terror in Kalbajar during the region’s handover.He described as serious environmental crimes the destruction of Azerbaijan’s flora and fauna by Armenia, especially, the cutting down of more than 2,000-years-old plane trees in Jabrayil, Zangilan, Gubadli, and other liberated Azerbaijani territories, the burning of the Topkhana forest around Shusha with the banned white phosphorus, and also the felling of trees, arson attacks on forests and the intentional damage to the environment in Kalbajar.“We again witnessed this barbarism in the photos and videos that were spread in the media outlets yesterday [15 November]. The environmental crimes committed by Armenia for many years are also evidenced by the Azercosmos satellite images. Moreover, the genocide against nature, biodiversity of the region committed by Armenia has been reflected in the preliminary results of monitoring carried out by the Ecology Ministry's employees," he said.He added that the available facts had been submitted to the secretariats of the relevant international agencies. International observation and assessment teams will be invited to Azerbaijan to record these facts and assess the damage. He also pointed out that work is already underway to restore the ecological balance on the liberated territories.In her appeal to numerous international organizations, Human Rights Commissioner Sabina Aliyeva said that as a result of Armenia's thirty-year military aggression, nature, biological diversity, water reservoirs of Azerbaijan, as well as the environment of the areas under the occupation have been seriously affected, which consequently, caused severe damage to the environment.The rights commissioner added that the destruction of a unique ecosystem with a total area of more than 8,000 hectares, consisting of valuable and perennial dense forests of oak, juniper, beech, hornbeam, pine, ash, and walnut, is the hardest blow to endemic biodiversity. Hence, this means serious violations of the international treaties in relation to the protection of the environment, including the UN Convention on the Prohibition of military or any other hostile use of environmental modification techniques, to which Armenia is also a party.According to experts’ opinion, forest fires caused by white phosphorus bombs cannot be extinguished and putting out such fires naturally is also not possible, and so, such fires last long. This is environmental terrorism, Aliyeva said.She added that as a result of military operations and the use of internationally prohibited weapons by Armenian armed forces, not merely the natural environment has been exposed to physical and chemical pollution, but various species of rare plants and animals, flora and fauna biodiversity had been destroyed. Chemical pollution of freshwater sources resulted in a violation of the self-regulation process in rivers and lakes, as a result of which water ponds become more hazardous.Aliyeva stressed that  in 2006 the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/60/285 on “The situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan” had also called for an assessment of and counteraction to short and long-term environmental degradation of the region.In 2016, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted Resolution No.2085 titled “Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water”, demanding the immediate withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the concerned region and allowing access by independent engineers and hydrologists to carry out a detailed survey on the spot.Eco-terror during the 30-year occupationSpeaking recently about vandalism and destruction carried out in Azerbaijan’s lands in the past three decades, President Ilham Aliyev stressed that Armenia cut off Azerbaijan’s water for 30 years and left 100,000 hectares of land without water even though both Sarsang and Sugovushan reservoirs were built at National Leader Heydar Aliyev’s initiative.As noted by the president, the water problem has also been at the heart of Armenia’s ecological terror during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This issue has been painful for Azerbaijan as the country has been experiencing water shortage and drought problem in recent years.The 560-million-cubic-meter Sarsang reservoir has been under Armenian occupation since the end of the war in 1994. Azerbaijan’s loss of access to Sarsang has deprived the country’s six regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh of drinking and irrigation water. The authorities in separatist Nagorno-Karabakh republic blocked the Sarsang reservoir from flowing to the Azerbaijani regions during summer while opening floodgates to these regions in winter.In 2015, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) highlighted the environmental problems related to the maintenance of the Sarsang reservoir, namely, lack of regular maintenance work and its danger to the whole border region. PACE emphasized that the “state of disrepair of the Sarsang dam could result in a major disaster with great loss of human life and possibly a fresh humanitarian crisis”.Nagorno-Karabakh’s separatist authorities have been refusing to cooperate with PACE over the assessment of Sarsang reservoir’s condition and the condition of the reservoir remains unknown.There are concerns over the management and the future of the reservoir. The former separatist leader of Nagorno-Karabakh Arayik Harutyunyan in 2018 announced the launch of a 100-million-dollar project on the construction of a canal to pump water from the Sarsang reservoir and to build three more reservoirs for the irrigation of 10,000 hectares of land. Such reckless expansion of Sarsang reservoir without any technical and environmental considerations could lead to a disaster. According to experts’ estimates, the possible damage on Sarsang reservoir during the outside interference would lead to ecological calamities and the flooding in the 930 hectares that the reservoir covers as well as Azerbaijan’s four regions Tartar, Barda, Aghdam and Aghjabadi.For over 27 years, Sarsang water reservoir’s dam has been eroded due to neglect. Any further mishandling or military provocation could lead to the collapse of the dam and endanger the entire region.Armenians have also been looting Azerbaijan’s minerals on occupied territories. Some 155 precious metal deposits, including five gold deposits in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories, have been recklessly exploited without considering ecological ramifications. In her above-mentioned appeal, Rights Commissioner Sabina Aliyeva noted that "within this period of time, natural resources in the occupied areas of Azerbaijan have been plundered, 163 mineral resources deposits, including gold, mercury, copper, lead, zinc, coal and others, also forest cover, rare trees have been subjected to illegal exploitation by Armenia".With regard to all abovementioned facts, Aliyeva called on international organizations, including all stakeholders acting for ecology and environmental protection to take all feasible measures to stop and prevent the environmental terrorism committed by Armenia and establish international legal responsibility of Armenia.All aforesaid factors are part of Armenia’s war crimes committed during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and amount to the ecological disaster in the South Caucasus region. Unfortunately, they have not received an adequate reaction from the international institutions and NGOs that deal with environmental issues. MoU on Dostluk oil & gas field is new milestone in dev’t of Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan ties ... http://www.today.az/news/business/202720.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:26:00 +0400 By Trend The memorandum of understanding inked on Dostluk oil and gas field in the Caspian Sea is a new milestone in the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, Ibrahim Ahmadov, deputy head of the public relations and events department at SOCAR, told Trend.“Dostluk is a new name of the field that is located on the border of Azerbaijani and Turkmen sectors of the Caspian Sea. It was known as Kepez in Azerbaijan and Sardar in Turkmenistan. The negotiations on the joint development of the field were held before. Today, these talks brought tangible results with the signing of the MoU,” he said.Ahmadov pointed out that during the Soviet period, Azerbaijani specialists carried out exploratory works there, which show that this field is similar to Karabagh field in terms of reserves.“It is an oil and gas field and we suppose that its reserves can be approved by carrying out modern methods of seismic exploration and probably, exploratory drilling. It is necessary to outline many technical and commercial issues related to the future development of this field. The memorandum is the first step towards reaching this goal. At the same time, it is a new milestone in the history of development of Azerbaijan’s relations with neighboring Turkmenistan, which is a brotherly country from the ethnic and confessional viewpoint. There is a great potential for the development of relations between our countries in the oil and gas industry. In this regard, the new name of our joint project, Dostluk, which means “friendship”, is symbolic,” he added.Ahmadov went on to add that Azerbaijan has already made a certain contribution to this project by discovering the field. “We have infrastructure and pipelines in the Caspian Sea, oil and gas pipelines, linking the region with European markets and other regions. This would allow to save a part of the expenditures necessary for transportation of the extracted product to the international markets.” Turkey to invest $50m in textile factories in Azerbaijan's liberated lands http://www.today.az/news/business/202718.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:22:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadTurkish companies are planning to invest $50 million in the construction of textile factories in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories, Trend quoted chairman of TÜMK?AD (Turkish Association of Business People and Entrepreneurs) Ilhami Ozturk as saying on January 21.A memorandum of understanding on the construction of textile factories was signed between TÜMK?AD and the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Azerbaijan during Ozturk’s visit to Baku.Ozturk said that the organization he leads is ready to support restoration work in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories, adding that his visit aimed at discussing restoration work issues with relevant state structures.He emphasized that the construction of industrial plants and textile factories is envisaged as a priority in the support program for Azerbaijan in this direction.Moreover, he noted that TÜMK?AD is engaged in many areas, but at the initial stage, it is planned to invest in the textile sphere. Ozturk added that after discussions in Azerbaijan it would be determined what work would be carried out in other spheres.Earlier, Azerbaijani President stated that companies from friendly countries will take part in the reconstruction works to be carried out in liberated territories."Large-scale construction work will be carried out. Of course, first of all, Azerbaijani companies will take part in this work, and we will invite companies from countries that are friendly to us," he stated.The Azerbaijani government has allocated AZN 2.2 billion ($1.3bn) for reconstruction works in the liberated territories in 2021. In particular, these funds will be used to restore the infrastructure (electricity, gas, water, communications, roads, education, health, etc), as well as cultural and historical monuments. Culture Ministry restores book funds in liberated regions http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/202717.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:55:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Ministry of Culture and the Azerbaijan National Library have launched a campaign to collect books.The project aims at restoring the book funds of more than 900 libraries in the liberated regions.People's writer Elchin Afandiyev donated about 500 books from his personal collection to the funds of liberated libraries, including his own novels.Director of the National Library Karim Tahirov stressed the importance of campaign which collects books from various organizations publishers and the country's citizens. "Armenian vandals have destroyed our entire cultural heritage. However, after 44 days of war, Azerbaijan's territories were liberated from occupation under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, President Ilham Aliyev and National Army. There were 975 libraries in the liberated lands which collected some 4,600,000 books in their fund. As these libraries are restored, we should start a book collection campaign for their fund now," said Tahirov.Elchin Afandiyev spoke about the historic victory achieved under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief and the Azerbaijani Army.The writer praised President Ilham Aliyev and National Army that  liberated the country's occupied territories."Nearly five million books kept in those libraries were burned and destroyed because they were in the Azerbaijani language. This is an aggression against culture and morality," said the writer.Secretary of the Azerbaijan Writers' Union Rashad Majid stressed the importance of the writer's participation in the campaign.In his works, ?lyas Afandiyev presented the history of Karabakh. Rashad Majid praised the writer's story "Fog has come to Shusha" and novel "Bayragdar".He said that the writer brilliantly described magnificent nature of Shusha city.  Rashad Majid initiated the opening of a separate corner with books by Ilyas Afandiyev and Elchin Afandiyev in the libraries to be established in Shusha and Fuzuli.In conclusion, Karim Tahirov thanked People's Writer Elchin Afandiyev for book donation and called on the entire Azerbaijani public, writers and poets to actively join this action. Azerbaijan to open bus routes to Shusha and other liberated lands http://www.today.az/news/society/202719.html Society Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:44:00 +0400 By Trend Bus routes will be opened to the cities and districts of Azerbaijan liberated from occupation, Nurida Allahyarova, Head of the Public Relations Department of the State Road Transport Service under Azerbaijan's Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, told Trend.According to Allahyarova, a draft order has already been prepared on the start of a tender to determine the transportation companies.Firstly, routes will be opened to Horadiz, Sugovushan, Talyshkand, Jabrayil and Zangilan districts. The opening of flights to the city of Shusha was planned at the second stage.However, given the large number of people wishing to visit the pearl of Karabakh, Shusha, is also included in the list of priority routes.It is planned that bus routes to Shusha will be opened from Ganja, Beylagan and Yevlakh cities. Azerbaijan's population continues to grow http://www.today.az/news/society/202716.html Society Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman ?smayilovaOver the past year, Azerbaijan's population has increased by 56,292 people or 0.6 percent.The country's population reached 10,123,400 people as of December 1, 2020, Trend reported. The urban population made up 52.8 percent and the rural population - 47.2 percent. Of the total population, 49.9 percent are men, 50.1 percent are women.The population density is 117 people per square kilometer.Notably, the ten millionth citizen of Azerbaijan was born on April 6, 2019. The weight of the girl, born in the family of Rauf Hasanov and Nigar Ojagova was 3.6 kilograms, while her height-52 centimeters. The child was born completely healthy.It should be noted that MDS business journal named Azerbaijan the country with the highest percentage of people aged 25 to 29 in Europe in 2019.  Some 9,4 percent of the population comprise the millennial generation. SOCAR, Transneft to pump oil via Baku-Novorossiysk in 2021 http://www.today.az/news/business/202715.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:20:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan State Oil Company (SOCAR) and Russian Transneft have signed a deal to pump over 1 million tons of oil through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline in 2021, the Russian media has reported with the reference to Transneft Press Secretary Igor Demin.Some 85,000 tons of Azerbaijani oil is planned to be pumped via this route in February.It should be noted that no crude oil was transported via this pipeline from Azerbaijan in January, as all SOCAR volumes were transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline that passes through Turkey.The Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline was used by SOCAR as an auxiliary route for oil exports.Azerbaijan has been transporting its oil through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline since 1997. Maximum capacity of the pipeline is 105,000 barrels per day. The pipeline has three pump stations - Sangachal, Sumgayit and Siyazan. The diameter of the pipeline is 530 mm, and the length of the pipeline is 1,330 km, out of which 231 km is Azerbaijani part.In 2020 SOCAR reduced exports via this route by 30 percent to 613,000 tons of oil. Visit agenda of Iranian Foreign Minister to Azerbaijan revealed http://www.today.az/news/politics/202714.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will pay a visit to Azerbaijan on January 24, the diplomatic sources told Trend.Within the visit, the Iranian minister will meet with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev.The Karabakh issue will be the main topic of discussion during the visit. They will exchange views on new cooperation in the region after the liberation of Karabakh.During the visit of Mohammad Javad Zarif to Baku, the discussions will be held on the participation of Iranian companies in the reconstruction of Karabakh.In addition, the Iranian Foreign Minister will also conduct talks with Azerbaijani officials on trilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan, Iran, and Russia. Liberation of Azerbaijan’s territories to open new opportunities for regional development http://www.today.az/news/business/202713.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:29:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe recent liberation of Azerbaijan’s Armenian-occupied territories has opened new opportunities for a sustainable development in the region, Azerbaijan’s Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov has said.Shahbazov made the remarks during the opening ceremony of the Eleventh Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency and High Level Panel on “Energy Transition for Sustainable Post-COVID Recovery” held in the format of videconference on January 18.The minister emphasized that upon President Ilham Aliyev’s instructions, the “occupied zone” has been transformed into a “green energy zone”.He reminded that Azerbaijan has the task of increasing the share of renewable energy sources in total installed capacity to 30% by 2030. As a result of signed decrees, a favorable investment climate has been set in the field of using renewable energy sources in the country, as in other areas of energy in order to attract private investments and facilitate large-scale projects, the minister said.It was highlighted that the relevant law was drafted and auctions were organized on the use of renewables in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Furthermore, investment, power purchase, network connection agreements on the wind power plants that were signed with Acwa Power were noted. The minister added that negotiations with Masdar company for the signing of final agreements on the solar power plant project are underway.High-level officials from more than 180 countries and representatives of international organizations attended the event.Topics such as the impact of the global pandemic on the world economy and the energy sector, global trends in the use of renewable energy sources, investments in this area, climate problems and the impact of policies on sustainable energy transitions were discussed during the meeting. Azerbaijan signs co-op roadmap on Lapis Lazuli corridor with Turkmenistan, Afghanistan http://www.today.az/news/business/202712.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have signed a roadmap for cooperation on the Lapis Lazuli transit and transport corridor, Turkmenistan Foreign Ministry reported on its official website.The signing of the roadmap followed a trilateral online meeting of the heads of the interagency group of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan. The group has been established to enhance the opportunities of the Lapis Lazuli corridor through the cooperation in the field of transport and communications.During the meeting, the parties noted the effectiveness of cooperation in this format and reviewed the results of cooperation over the past period. In addition, they exchanged views on joint activities for 2021.Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Bayramgeldy Ovezov, supervising the transport and communications sector of the country, Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Shahin Mustafayev and Acting Chairman of the Central Bank of Afghanistan Ajmal Ahmadi participated in the meeting.Transit and Transport Cooperation Agreement (Lapis Lazuli) between Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Afghanistan was signed in November 2017 at the Ministerial Meeting of the 7th Regional Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan. Among the main objectives of the partnership in this format is to increase the economic integration of the region. Energy Ministry, Turkic Council mull energy cooperation http://www.today.az/news/business/202711.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s Energy Ministry and the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States have discussed energy cooperation.The discussion took place during the meeting of Azerbaijan’s Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov with the delegation led by Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States Baghdad Amreyev.During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on the bilateral cooperation with Turkic-speaking countries in the field of energy and on the further deepening of this cooperation on the basis of the organization’s platform.Shahbazov expressed his gratitude to the constant support of the CCTSS for Azerbaijan’s position based on international law and justice, and thanked the Secretary General for the international support to the justice war.The ministers stressed the great potential of expanding relations between Turkic-speaking countries in recent years in the fields of energy efficiency, and discussed renewable energy sources and energy regulation.In turn, Amreyev reiterated his support to Azerbaijan’s legitimate position over the Nagorno-Karabakh war, and expressed his views on the restoration of the liberated territories.Additionally, the parties exchanged views on the measures to be taken in the energy sector within Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the organization, including the first meeting of the energy ministers and the energy working group of CCTSS.Established in 2009, the Turkic Council is an intergovernmental organization of Turkic Speaking Countries.  The founding member states of the organization are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. During the seventh summit of the Turkic Council held in Baku in October 2019, Uzbekistan joined the organization as a full member, while during the sixth summit held in Cholpon-Ata (Kyrgyzstan) in September 2018, Hungary received observer status at the organization. National judokas to compete at Tel Aviv Grand Slam 2021 http://www.today.az/news/sports/202710.html Sports Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaNational judokas will compete at Tel Aviv Grand Slam 2021 to be held in Israel on February 18-20. Azerbaijan's hopes will be pinned on 16 judokas.The International Judo Federation (IJF) selected Tel Aviv to host one of its iconic Grand Slam tournaments in February 2021. Israel has hosted the IJF’s marquee Grand Prix tournament in Tel Aviv for the past two years. In 2018, Israel also hosted the European Judo Championships.Founded in 1972, the Azerbaijan Judo Federation actively promotes this martial art across the country. Since 2015, the Federation has been headed by Rovnag Abdullayev.The country's modern judo history was laid by Mehman Azizov, who won a silver medal at the Old World Championship in 1998. A year later, the winner of the World Youth Games in Moscow, Rasul Salimov, grabbed the bronze medal at European Championship in Slovakia. Another national judoka Elchin Ismayilov became the European champion 2000 in Wroclaw.However, the achievements of Azerbaijani judo fighters did not stop there. Elnur Mammadli was named best at Beijing Olympics 2008 in the 73 kg division. In the final, he beat Wang Ki-Chun and brought home a gold medal. In Beijing, Movlud Miraliyev enriched the country's medal haul with a bronze medal.The Beijing Olympics 2008 gave a fresh impetus to judo in Azerbaijan.The list of the country's top judo fighters includes Rustam Orujov, ?rina Kindzerskaya, Mammadali Mehdiyev, Elmar Gasimov, Hidayet Heydarov, Zelim Kotsoev, Ushangi Kokauri and Nijat Shihalizadeh.Rustam Orujov is the silver medalist of the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's 73 kg event. Last year, he climbed the podium six times in various competitions. Silver medal at the World Championships in Tokyo is of particular attention.?rina Kindzerskaya also showed her best at judo championships. The final of the Grand Slam in Dusseldorf 2020 also added extra points to Irina in the judo ranking.Mammadali Mehdiyev is a bronze medalist of the European Games in Minsk. He also finished fifth at the Grand Slam in Osaka, Paris and Dusseldorf.Elmar Gasimov competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and won a silver medal in 2016.The judo fighter won a gold medal at the 2009 European Youth Championship, after defeating Lukáš Krpálek in the final. He also grabbed bronze at the 2017 World Championships.Hidayet Heydarov enriched the country's medal haul with a  gold medal at the 2017 European Judo Championships. He defeated his teammate Rustam Orujov at the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games final.Zelim Kotsoev became Junior World Champion in Zagreb in 2017 and was also European Junior champion in 2017 in Maribor. He won the Grand Prix Antalya in 2018 and became European Cadet Champion U18 in 2014 in Athens and in 2015 in Sofia. The judoka took silver at the World Cadet Championships in Sarajevo in 2015.He also won European Championships bronze in 2018 in Tel Aviv. Later, he took two bronze medals at the Grand Slam in Düsseldorf and silver in Abu Dhabi in 2019.Ushangi Kokauri represented Azerbaijan at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He won bronze at the Grand Slam in Paris and Abu Dhabi. He took the fifth place at the European Games, the Grand Prix in Antalya and Tel Aviv.Nijat Shikhalizadeh took second place at Oceania Open Cup in Perth. He also grabbed a silver medal at the Grand Slam in Baku.Azerbaijani judokas continue to achieve global success enriching the country's medal haul with new victories. Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan to jointly develop hydrocarbons in Caspian Sea http://www.today.az/news/politics/202709.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:15:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev and Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov have met in a video conference over the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two governments on joint exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources in “Dostlug” field in the Caspian Sea, Azertag reported today.It should be noted that Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov left for an official visit to Turkmenistan on January 21.On January 19, local news sources quoted the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers as saying that Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan signed a roadmap for expanding and intensifying cooperation in the spheres as trade and investments, energy, transport and logistics, telecommunications and information technologies, customs and border issues. Story will be updated. Trend TV prepares video report on water supply to Karabakh http://www.today.az/news/politics/202706.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:51:00 +0400 By TrendThe film crew of Trend’s Karabakh bureau prepared a video report on the water supply to the liberated territories, restoration of river flows, and irrigation of agricultural lands, Trend reports.During the First Karabakh War, along with cities, regions, and villages, our national wealth was also transferred under the control of Armenians. The Armenians, having blocked our rivers and other water sources, left the lands and people in the front-line territories without water.The most serious problem was the population's need for drinking and household water. After the victorious conclusion of the 44-day Patriotic War, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs originating in the mountains of Karabakh were also freed from the control of the occupiers. Among them is the Gargarchay River, formed from the confluence of the Khalfali and Zarysla rivers flowing along the eastern slope of the Karabakh ridge of the Lesser Caucasus. The length of the river, formed by the confluence of the rivers Kermanshah, Khalfali, and Zarysly, is 115 kilometers, the area is 1,490 square kilometers. The blocking of waterways by Armenians for many years has created problems, especially for Aghdam farmers.During the Armenian occupation, the water of the Khachinchay River also did not flow over the front line. The Armenians blocked the river bed from the reservoir located in the previously occupied village of Khachintikinti. The Khachinchay River, 119 kilometers long, is formed by the confluence of the Shahyurd, Uyukhlu, Chichekli, and Alagay springs, which originate in the mountains of Karabakh. The river has a reservoir with a water volume of 23 million cubic meters. The depletion of this river has also led to dehydration of part of the land and a decrease in the level of groundwater.Operational work has already begun to restore the water economy on the liberated lands. Soon all water resources will be fully restored, and new life will come to the land of the Karabakh region. Memory of Black January martyrs commemorated in France http://www.today.az/news/politics/202707.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaMemory of Black January martyrs has been commemorated in France.The virtual concert dedicated to the 31st anniversary of the January 20 took place in the Azerbaijan Cultural Center in Paris.Members of the Azerbaijani Diaspora Mahir Ismayilov (drums) and Jeyhun Aydinoglu (balaban) sang the folk song "Sari Galin", "Lachin", Fikrat Amirov's "Song of the Blind Arab" and Tofig Guliyev's "Evening Song" and other music pieces.The virtual concert was co-organized by the Azerbaijani Embassy in France, the Permanent Delegation of Azerbaijan to UNESCO and the Coordination Council of Azerbaijanis in France.On January 20, 1990, hundreds of civilians were crushed or injured by the Soviet troops in Baku, upon an order from the USSR leadership that was trying to maintain the Communist regime in Azerbaijan and strangle the national liberation movement.The invasion was launched at midnight and was committed with brutality. Some 137 people were killed, 611 were wounded, 841 were illegally arrested, and five went missing as a result of the intrusion of troops into Baku and other regions of the country.   Kyrgyzstan plans to approve concept of creative economy http://www.today.az/news/regions/202708.html World news Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe Ministry of Economy submits for public discussion the draft decree "On Approval of the Concept of Development of Creative Economy in the Kyrgyz Republic for 2021-2023," Trend reports citing Kabar.According to the justification note, the need to create favorable conditions for the development of the sectors that make up the creative industries is stated in the National Strategy of Sustainably Development for 2018-2040.The creative industries include publishing, ICT, including computer games, music, photography, communications, architecture, advertising, design and fashion, art, cinema, jewelry and crafts.Kyrgyzstan has a significant potential for the development of these sectors, but the contribution of the creative industries to GDP over the past 5 years remains at 1% of GDP and so far most of the business related to the creative industries is in the shadows.The Concept of Creative Economy Development for 2021-2023 includes an analysis of the creative industries contribution to the country's economy, assessment of the creative industries potential of the country, main problems existing in this area, factors preventing development of the creative industries, as well as vision of the creative economy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the medium term.The concept contains a list of priority areas, defines the main tasks to be solved within each priority. EU leaders convene amid vaccine delays, virus variant fears http://www.today.az/news/regions/202705.html World news Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:58:00 +0400 By TrendEuropean Union leaders will on Thursday seek to address the coronavirus pandemic’s mounting challenges, from containing more infectious variants to the threat of border closures and the slow roll-out of vaccines across the bloc, Trend reports citing Reuters.The heads of EU institutions have urged the leaders to maintain unity and step up testing and vaccinations, though no formal conclusions are expected from the online video conference, the ninth since the pandemic began.The meeting begins at 6 p.m. (1700 GMT).The European Commission said on Tuesday that the 27 EU countries should have vaccinated at least 70% of adults by summer and needed to be genome sequencing at least 5% of positive tests to identify new coronavirus variants.Vaccinations have begun slowly, with the bloc lagging the likes of Britain and Israel in terms of per-capita coverage.EU countries expressed alarm when they found out last week that Pfizer, the manufacturer of one of only two EU-approved vaccines, would temporarily reduce deliveries. Italy is considering legal action.Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday that her locked-down country may need to consider border crossing curbs if other European countries did not act to halt the spread of the new more transmissible virus variants.European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, a fellow German, told the European Parliament on Wednesday that EU countries should be able to scale up sequencing to 5% and then 10% of positive tests.The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control had the capacity do so. All EU members had access to that capacity, but only two had so far used it, she said.Von der Leyen also insisted that blanket border closures made no sense and were not as effective as targeted measures.The EU executive also wants member states to agree a common approach to vaccination certificates by the end of January. So a certificate from Estonia would be accepted in Portugal, for example. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis floated the idea last week that they could help restore cross-border travel.EU diplomats said this was premature as it was not yet clear if vaccinated people could still transmit the virus to others.“As for (non-EU) third countries, then you’d have to look into whether to accept Russian or Chinese vaccines,” one added. Italy Azerbaijan's top trade partner in 2020 http://www.today.az/news/business/202702.html Business Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:47:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadItaly was Azerbaijan’s top trading partner in 2020 with the total trade turnover between the two countries amounting to $4.5 billion, the State Customs Committee has reported.Of the total turnover, the export of Azerbaijani products to Italy amounted to $4.1 billion, while import from Italy amounted to $396.2 million. It should be noted that the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $6 billion during the 2019.Italy was followed by Turkey and Russia in the list of Azerbaijan’s trade partners last year.Turkey was Azerbaijan's second largest trading partner in 2020, with a trade turnover of $4.1 billion. Export from Azerbaijan to Turkey amounted to $2.5 billion, while import from Turkey amounted to $1.5 billion. The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey amounted to $4.5 billion in 2019.Russia was Azerbaijan's third biggest trading partner in 2020, with a trade turnover of $2.6 billion, where export amounted to $709.3 million and import to $1.9 billion. It should be noted that trade turnover between two countries amounted to $3 billion in 2019.Likewise, during the reported period, Azerbaijan's top five trading partners were Italy, Turkey, Russia, China with the trade of $1.8 billion and Germany with $817.5 million.Furthermore, the country's top five trading partners in terms of export during the reported period were Italy, Turkey, Russia, Greece with $523.3 million and Croatia with $470.8 million. In the meantime, Azerbaijan's top five trading partners in terms of import during the first ten months of the year were Russia, Turkey, China with $1.4 billion, the U.S. with $635.9 million and Germany with $583.4 million.During the year, the country’s foreign trade turnover amounted to $24.4 billion. Of the total turnover, export amounted to $13.7 billion or 56.1 percent, while import to $10.7 billion or 43.8 percent, resulting in the surplus of the $3 billion. MFA Spokesperson: Azerbaijani FM off to Turkmenistan http://www.today.az/news/politics/202704.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has left for an official visit to Turkmenistan, a spokesperson from the Foreign Ministry reported on January 21."The visit of Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov to Turkmenistan has started," Spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva wrote on her official Twitter account.Abdullayeva provided no details about the agenda of Minister Bayramov's discussions in Turkmenistan.On January 19, local news sources quoted the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers as saying that Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan signed a roadmap for expanding and intensifying cooperation in such spheres as trade and investments, energy, transport and logistics, telecommunications and information technologies, customs and border issues.  Culture Ministry, Turkic states to expand bilateral ties http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/202701.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan Culture Ministry and Turkic states have agreed on expanding bilateral cooperation. The Minister of Culture Anar Karimov met with a delegation of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY), Turkic Council and International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation.Welcoming the guests, Anar Karimov praised the visits of the delegations to the liberated  Agdam and Fuzuli regions. "The 44-day Patriotic War ended with the Victory of Azerbaijan and 30 years later we were reunited. During the war, I would like to emphasize the support of Turkic-speaking countries to Azerbaijan. We have felt this great support, both from society and the political world. As you are probably aware, ICESCO delegation also visited our liberated territories a few days ago during a visit to Azerbaijan. We intend to implement new projects in these territories. The close cooperation with Turkic-speaking countries in this area is of special importance," the minister said. "As you know, President Ilham Aliyev has instructed the Culture Ministry to hold Khari Bulbul Music Festival and Poetry Days of Vagif in Shusha this year. The preparations have already begun. There are territories that need to be cleared of mines. Moreover, a road is being built from Fuzuli to Shusha, and new infrastructure is being prepared. In our turn, we must contribute to this creative work and introduce the Shusha and Karabakh territories, the cradle of our culture, to the world community, said Anar Karimov. The Minister then shared his views on the events to be held in connection with the "Year of Nizami". He said that the jubilee of the great Nizami Ganjavi will be celebrated not only in Azerbaijan, but also in a number of foreign countries.Anar Karimov expressed his hope that Turkic-speaking countries will contribute to the events and festivals organized in connection with the Year of Nizami.The Culture Minister also touched upon Armenian vandalism. Armenians kept cattle in Fuzuli's Gargabazar village- the 17th century Shah Abbas caravanserai.Turkic Council Secretary General Baghdad Amreyev shared his impressions of his visits to the liberated lands. He got acquainted with the construction of the Fuzuli-Shusha road and saw the consequences of Armenian vandalism in Fuzuli. Armenians looted, destroyed and burned houses, public buildings, schools, kindergartens, hospitals and industrial enterprises in Fuzuli. Cemeteries, historical and cultural monuments in the region were also vandalized by Armenians"While walking through the streets of Fuzuli, we saw the destroyed mosques and houses of culture. This scene impressed us immensely. The whole world should see the historical places being terrorized. We are ready to closely participate and support every project implemented by the Azerbaijan Culture Ministry. Shusha is the cradle of culture, and we, in turn, will declare Shusha one of the next years the cultural capital of the Turkic world," said Amreyev.Turkic Council Secretary General also drew attention to the importance of cultural exchange. He noted that new projects should be developed in this direction. First of all, peoples with the same roots and lineage should be closer to each other in their areas and share cultural heritage.Baghdad Amreyev stressed joint cultural projects between the Turkic states should be expanded.TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kaseinov stressed the importance of promoting the cultural heritage of Turkic-speaking countries?"We have been implementing various projects among Turkic-speaking countries for many years, and these projects will be successfully continued in the future," he added. President of the Turkish Culture and Heritage Foundation Gunay Afandiyeva informed about the meeting of the delegation with President Ilham Aliyev. She expressed her hope for TURKSOY's active support in the restoration of Azerbaijan's historical and cultural monuments. Gunay Afendiyeva also noted that the year 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the independence of Turkic-speaking countries. The event will be widely celebrated this year. The meeting was followed by the exchange of views on expanding relations between the Turkic-speaking countries. Azerbaijan shows footage from Nadirkhanli village of Kalbajar district http://www.today.az/news/politics/202703.html Politics Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:23:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has disseminated the video footage from Nadrikhanli village of Kalbajar district, Trend reports with reference to the ministry.The footage: Shahriyar Mammadyarov wins Titled Tuesday Blitz Grand Prix http://www.today.az/news/sports/202700.html Sports Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani chess player Shahriyar Mammadyarov has won Titled Tuesday Blitz Grand Prix.The grandmaster, who scored 10 points in 11 rounds, took the first place. The chess player is followed by Raunak Sadwani (India) and Alexander Zubov (Ukraine). Nearly 741 chess players took part in the Swiss tournament. Titled Tuesday is a 11-round Swiss-system 3+1 blitz chess tournament held on every Tuesday. The first event was held on October 28, 2014. GM Hikaru Nakamura has won the most events with a total of eight tournament wins, followed by GM Georg Meier and Magnus Carlsen. In June 2018, Chess.com held a special version of the tournament for which the winner would go on to participate in the Isle of Man International. Chess for centuries has been a popular game in Azerbaijan with ancient roots closely related to traditions. The country could preserve these traditions as chess remains to be a crucially popular sport for now.    The first references to chess in Azerbaijan can be found in the works of 12th century poets such as Khaqani and Nizami as well as in the works of Fuzuli.The 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku is an excellent example of great attention paid to the development of chess games in the country.Nearly 2,000 chess players from 175 countries took part in the tournament. The national chess players have always been taking high places at top-ranked tournaments.Chess for centuries has been a popular game in Azerbaijan with ancient roots closely related to traditions. The country could preserve these traditions as chess remains to be a crucially popular sport for now.    The first references to chess in Azerbaijan can be found in the works of the 12th century great poets such as Khaqani and Nizami as well as in the works of one of the nation’s most respected literary personalities Fuzuli.The 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku is an excellent example of the great attention paid to the development of the chess games in the country.Nearly 2,000 chess players from around 175 countries took part in the tournament.The national chess players have always been taking high places at top-ranked tournaments.Shahriyar Mammadyarov is a three-fold European Team Champion (2009, 2013 and 2017) and gold medalist at the 2012 Chess Olympiad on the third board.He won the World Junior Chess Championship in 2003 and repeated his victory in 2005, becoming the only two-time champion, achieving a 2,953 performance rating after eight rounds. After winning the Essent Tournament in 2006, Shahriyar achieved world fame. In June 2016, Mammadyarov won the 3rd Shamkir Chess Tournament, the Vugar Hashimov Memorial. He defeated Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri in the last two rounds, which put him in a tiebreak situation with Caruana. He defeated Caruana in the tiebreak, thus giving him tournament victory.GM Eltaj Safarli won the Azerbaijan Championships in 2010 and 2016. Safarli played in the silver medal-winning Azerbaijani team at the European Team Chess Championship in Porto Carras in 2011 alongside Shahriyar Mammadyarov, Teymur Rajabov, Vugar Hashimov and Qadir Huseynov, previously winning a bronze medal in 2007 and gold in 2009.National chess player Teymur Rajabov has an Elo rating of 2,738, making him No. 1 in Azerbaijan and 22nd in the world. The chess player earned the title of Grandmaster at the age of 14, making him the second-youngest grandmaster in history at the time. In 2003, Rajabov gained international attention after beating the then world No. 1 Garry Kasparov in the Linares tournament, followed by victories over former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov all in the same year.Moreover, Rajabov also won the European Team Chess Championship with Azerbaijan in 2009, 2013 and 2017. His major individual achievements include joint first place at 2008 Elista Grand Prix, 2017 Geneva Grand Prix and 2019 FIDE World Cup.Despite his short life, Vugar Hashimov had made a remarkable contribution to the chess history of Azerbaijan.He played for Azerbaijan's national team in the Chess Olympiads in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.Hashimov won a bronze medal in the European Team Championship in 2007 and became the European Champion with the national team in 2009. He was the European vice-champion in the national team in 2011, and the winner of the Reggio Emilia tournament in 2010-2011. French online newspaper publishes article about January 20 tragedy http://www.today.az/news/politics/202699.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 19:15:00 +0400 By TrendFrench Lagazetteaz.fr online newspaper published an article about the January 20 tragedy, Trend reports on Jan. 20.The article describes the crime committed by the Soviet army against the Azerbaijani people on the night from January 19 to January 20, 1990.The military aggression of the former Soviet army against the Azerbaijani people will go down in history as one of the most heinous crimes against humanity.The article says that on the night from January 19 to January 20, 1990, upon the order of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, the troops of the Ministry of Defense, the State Security Committee and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR were sent to Baku and several districts of Azerbaijan, heavy military equipment and large-caliber weapons were used against civilians, as a result of which numerous people were massacred. January 20 events of 1990 aimed to strangle Azerbaijan’s fight for independence – historian http://www.today.az/news/politics/202698.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 19:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe January 20 tragedy restored the sacred concept of "martyrdom" in the public consciousness of the Azerbaijani people, and despite this shock, the people managed to preserve national unity, leading researcher at the Institute of History named after A.A.Bakikhanov of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), Doctor of Philosophy in History, Associate Professor Asad Gurbanli told Trend.Gurbanli thinks that January 20 is one of the important stages in the history of Azerbaijan's independence.“This is a symbolic moment that combined the general and typical features of the struggle of the Azerbaijani people for the independence and territorial integrity of the country,” the researcher added. "The January 20 tragedy became the culmination of the socio-political events of that period and, at the same time, the border between the new era and the history."“An important change occurred in the awakened national consciousness of people during the January 20 events and people understood the inevitability of independence,” the researcher said. “People realized that freedom and independence is a reality for which it is necessary to be ready.”“This crime against the Azerbaijani people was committed by the then Soviet leadership, which wanted to teach a lesson to the Azerbaijani people and other peoples living on the territory of the Soviet Empire,” Gurbanli said. “The January 20 events were aimed at strangling the struggle of Azerbaijan for independence, but the empire failed, and Azerbaijan gained independence." Turkey mobilized to support Azerbaijan in post-war period, says ambassador http://www.today.az/news/politics/202697.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:50:00 +0400 By TrendTurkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Erkan Ozoral commented on the statement of the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party of Turkey, Devlet Bahceli, Trend reports.The ambassador noted that after the liberation of the Azerbaijani lands from occupation, many Turkish structures made calls in support of Azerbaijan.“It depends on the decision taken by the Azerbaijani government. If it is adopted, the relevant structures of Turkey will be informed about it. In the post-war period, Turkey mobilized in order to continue to support Azerbaijan, and there are already people who came from Turkey to provide assistance to the families of martyrs and IDPs in Azerbaijan,” Ozoral said. Turkish Ministry of National Defense talks January 20, 1990 tragedy in Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/202696.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:39:00 +0400 By TrendA publication has been posted on official Twitter page of the Turkish Ministry of National Defense on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the January 20 tragedy, Trend reports on Jan. 20.The memory of the martyrs of January 20 tragedy was expressed in the publication with the words "We have not forgotten, we will not forget!" Turkish Foreign Ministry pays tribute to martyrs of Black January http://www.today.az/news/politics/202695.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:24:00 +0400 By TrendThe Turkish Foreign Ministry shared a publication on its Twitter page in connection with the anniversary of the January 20 tragedy, 1990 in Baku, Trend reports on Jan. 20."We revere the memory of our Azerbaijani brothers, who became martyrs for Azerbaijan’s independence on January 20, 1990," the Turkish Foreign Ministry tweeted. Anniversary of January 20 tragedy marked in Azerbaijan's Shusha http://www.today.az/news/politics/202694.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:17:00 +0400 By TrendA commemoration ceremony dedicated to the 31-st anniversary of the January 20, 1990 tragedy was held in Azerbaijan's Shusha city with the participation of the servicemen of the Azerbaijani troops, Trend reports with reference to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.At the event, the memory of the martyrs was honored with observing a minute of silence. The National Anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan was performed.During the event, the historical significance of the January 20 tragedy was emphasized.Detailed information was given about the success of both the national leader Heydar Aliyev and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev’s policies to inform the world community regarding the truth about the events of 1990. Events of Jan.20, 1990 divided life of Baku citizens into "before" and "after" http://www.today.az/news/politics/202693.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:08:00 +0400 By TrendThe tragedy of January 20, 1990 is a terrible and horrific event, Director General of the Israel-Azerbaijan AzIz International Association Lev Spivak told Trend.“We all remember the tragedy of January 20. Residents of Baku who were in the city at that moment remember that horror - no one expected that the Soviet army could enter the city and shoot civilians,” Spivak said. “Before the tragedy, no one even thought about leaving the city, but after these events, many residents of Baku became scattered all over the world. They left the country, thinking that the Soviet government could do anything to them.”He stressed that the AzIz International Association holds events in Israel every year to commemorate the victims of the tragedy.“In Israel we hold meetings with the event’s witnesses, organize photo exhibitions, talk about the terrible events of January 1990. The memories of the events of January 20 always shock because a terrible, incredible tragedy has occurred, even if considering it without the chain of events connected with it," said the association’s director.On the night of January 19-20, 1990, without a preliminary declaration of a state of emergency, the Soviet army launched an operation against Azerbaijan. That night, 147 civilians were brutally killed, 744 innocent civilians were wounded, many of them were disabled for life, 841 people were illegally arrested. The Soviet troops brought into Baku destroyed 200 apartments and houses, 80 cars, including ambulances, many private and state properties.Despite the fact that thirty-one years have passed since those bloody events, the Azerbaijani people will forever remember that terrible night and express their deep contempt for those who are guilty of this tragedy. The country annually marks the day of the tragedy on January 20, which is immortalized in the blood memory of the Azerbaijani people as the Day of National Mourning. Azerbaijan confirms 897 more COVID-19 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/202692.html Society Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 332 new COVID-19 cases, 897 patients have recovered and 12 patients have died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 228,028 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 217,617 of them have recovered, and 3,044 people have died. Currently, 7,367 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 7,991 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 2,336,498 tests have been conducted so far. French ambassador to Azerbaijan talks about January 20 tragedy http://www.today.az/news/politics/202691.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:50:00 +0400 By TrendFrench ambassador to Azerbaijan Zacharie Gross shared the information about the January 20 tragedy when the Soviet troops killed civilians in Azerbaijan’s Baku city."On this day in 1990, Soviet troops opened fire on the crowd in Baku,” the ambassador tweeted. “Over 130 peaceful demonstrators and simple bystanders were killed. Less than two years later, Azerbaijan declared its independence from the Soviet Union.” Azerbaijani troops hold several events in connection with January 20 tragedy http://www.today.az/news/politics/202690.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:43:00 +0400 By TrendA number of events were held for the personnel to promote patriotism, improve morale and fighting spirit in connection with the 31st anniversary of the January 20 tragedy in accordance with the plan approved by the Azerbaijani minister of defense, Trend reports citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.As part of the events, the servicemen visited the Alley of Martyrs, commemoration ceremonies were organized in military units, enterprises and organizations in connection with the anniversary of the January 20 tragedy.Moreover, relevant events were held at the Army Ideological and Cultural Center named after Hazi Aslanov, the Cultural and Ideological Center of the Ganja Garrison, as well as visits to the monuments erected in memory of the victims of the January 20 tragedy were organized. Azerbaijani oil prices continue to grow http://www.today.az/news/business/202689.html Business Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:35:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by $1.02 on Jan.19 compared to the previous price, making up $56.39 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 $55.83 per barrel on Jan.19, which is $1.02 more than 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 reached $54.46 per barrel on Jan.19, having grown by $1.02 compared to the previous price.The cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea, made up $55.63 per barrel, rising by $1.01 compared to the previous price. Azerbaijan discloses number of mandatory health insurance services in 2020 http://www.today.az/news/society/202688.html Society Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:21:00 +0400 By TrendSome 1.15 million Azerbaijani citizens appealed 4.17 million times to central clinics and their structural subdivisions, as well as treatment-diagnostic centers operating in 23 administrative districts of the country, where mandatory medical insurance (MHI) is applied, in 2020, Trend reports citing data from the State Agency for MHI.According to preliminary reports from the abovementioned clinics and centers, 8.34 million medical services were provided based on the appeals, and 50 percent of the officially registered population in the districts was able to use the services by contacting the medical facilities.Most of the appeals were recorded in 5 cities and districts of Azerbaijan - Mingachevir (449,800), Khachmaz (348,850), Aghdash (328,750), Zagatala (291,800), and Yevlakh (275,780).The facilities that provided the largest number of medical services: Mingachevir city central hospital (over 1.15 million services), Khachmaz (615,500), Agdash (512,800), Yevlakh (512,450), and Shaki (510,900) district central hospitals.Most of the appeals were made on medical checkup (including checkup of conscripts) and amounted to 503,380, as well as diseases of the circulatory system – 210,200 times, the respiratory system (179,400), the endocrine system, metabolic disorders, and nutrition (171,600), the genitourinary system (148,900) and the digestive system (135,800 times). In accordance with preliminary estimates, over 255,500 surgical services had been provided in hospitals during 2020. Besides, 2,176 people were sent to medical facilities under contract in connection with operations that cannot be carried out in state medical facilities, as well as requiring special medical equipment and support, of which 103 people were children. 1,252 operations were performed in cardiovascular surgery, 402 in ophthalmology, 207 in urology, 179 in neurosurgery, and 80 in traumatology. The number of cardiovascular surgery operations for children was 68.In order to ensure the effective use of resources and human resources of medical facilities transferred to the subordination of the Management Union of Medical Territorial Units of Azerbaijan (TABIB), optimizing their activities and ensuring the availability of the population to various types of medical care, 13 medical territorial divisions have been opened for the administrative-territorial units of the state.Currently, the application of mandatory health insurance covers five medical territorial divisions and the Khizi district, which belongs to the Sumgayit city division. During 2020, most of the appeals were received by the medical units for Shaki-Zagatala (over 1.3 million), Barda-Yevlakh (1 million appeals), Guba-Khachmaz (729,870), Goychay-Kurdamir (about 624,000), and Highland Shirvan (403,150) regions, and for Khizi district – 13,340 appeals.The updated 2020 report will be prepared at the end of March 2021.Since January 1, 2020, the State Agency for Compulsory Medical Insurance has introduced compulsory medical insurance in Azerbaijan's 23 administrative districts (Guba, Gusar, Khachmaz, Shabran, Siyazan, Khizi, Gobustan, Ismayilli, Aghsu, Shamakhi, Balakan, Zagatala, Gakh, Shaki, Oghuz, Gabala, Goychay, Ujar, Zardab, Kurdamir, Mingachevir, Yevlakh, and Aghdash). The total population in these districts is 2.25 million. Azerbaijan to assess possibilities for dev't of agrarian sector in its liberated lands http://www.today.az/news/business/202663.html Business Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:10:00 +0400 By TrendThe MPs will review the situation in the Azerbaijani territories liberated from occupation, as well as discuss important issues in connection with the development of the agricultural sector in these territories, Trend reports.The issue was stipulated in the work plan for the spring session of 2021 of the Committee for Agrarian Policy of the Azerbaijani parliament.In accordance with the plan, members of the parliamentary committee will also visit the families of martyrs and meet with participants of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh War. January 20 tragedy not just day of sorrow, pain, but also glory - Spokesman for Turkish embassy ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/202687.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe Soviet Army tried to break the will of Azerbaijani people on January 20, 1990, Spokesman for the Turkish embassy in Azerbaijan Huseyn Altynalan said, Trend reports on Jan. 20.“However, our Azerbaijani brothers, who valued the freedom and honor of their country most of all, were not afraid of death,” Altynalan said. “Moreover, they were fighting knowing that they would die, and, becoming martyrs, went down in history.”“Azerbaijan gained independence by shedding blood,” the spokesman said. "For this reason, January 20 not only is a day to be remembered with sorrow and pain, but also a day of glory.”“Taking all this into account, I pray to Allah the Almighty to have mercy on the souls of all our martyrs, including those who died on January 20 and in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh War in the struggle for the protection of the Motherland and the territorial integrity of the country," Altynalan added. Article on Black January tragedy of Azerbaijani Consul General in LA published http://www.today.az/news/politics/202686.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:52:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan’s Consul General in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev’s article on Black January was published on “Medium” online media platform on January 19, 2021.In the article, the Consul General states that 31 years ago, on January 20, 1990, 26,000 Soviet troops invaded Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku and brutally massacred Azerbaijani civilians, including women, children, and the elderly.Highlighting the preceding events, he notes: “In 1987, anti-Azerbaijani pogroms broke out in Armenia. Armenian mobs, supported by officials in Yerevan, attacked Azerbaijani-populated villages, killing hundreds of innocent civilians”. Aghayev mentions that following these pogroms, over 250,000 Azerbaijanis were forced to flee their ancestral homes in Armenia, becoming refugees in Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Armenia raised groundless territorial claims against Azerbaijan, “launching a wave of violence that would result in a painful war between the two nations.”Consul General Aghayev underlines that all these injustices, backed by pro-Armenian Soviet leadership in Moscow, caused public outrage and led to mass protests in Baku, which soon turned into a national freedom movement. Aghayev notes that “this powerful movement for freedom was recognized by Newsweek, which used a photo of one of the demonstrations in Baku as a cover for its December 1989 issue titled “Standing Up for Freedom. PEOPLE OF THE YEAR”.“The movement made the Soviet leadership tremendously nervous. By invading Baku and killing peaceful demonstrators they wanted to instill terror in any nation that dared to challenge the hopeless grip of Soviet tyranny.” He mentions that despite the curfew, “over 1 million Azerbaijanis took to the streets of Baku, literally flooding them, to demonstrate as a bold collective against the insanity of terror and tyranny and to honor and mourn the victims of the bloodshed. Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith leaders held public prayers together, as a message of our shared faith, hope, and the indomitability of our values,” the Consul General notes.Nasimi Aghayev mentions that Azerbaijan’s National Leader Heydar Aliyev visited the Azerbaijan SSR's office in Moscow and fiercely denounced the massacre. He writes that Heydar Aliyev’s “defiance helped to inspire the Azerbaijani people and Aliyev became a leader of the struggle for liberty.”The Consul General states that Soviet brutality backfired and in October 1991 Azerbaijan fully restored its independence.Nasimi Aghayev stresses: “Under the visionary leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan is now economically dynamic, politically stable, and important geopolitical power. ”He also underlines that “Our values have seen us through hard times, even in very recent months. Just this past autumn, Azerbaijan liberated its territories from Armenia’s nearly 30-year-long, illegal, U.N.-condemned occupation... We now begin the process of rebuilding and returning, and with peace finally achieved, the strength and vitality of our independence, and the values that led us there, are strong and invigorated, ready to take on the challenges of 2021, in all their complexity.”The article can be read here. Azerbaijani Ministry of Agriculture holds meeting on results of cotton growing dev't http://www.today.az/news/business/202677.html Business Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:45:00 +0400 By Trend With the organizational support of the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan, a meeting on the topic ‘Results of 2020 and tasks for 2021 on the development of cotton growing in Azerbaijan’ was held, the ministry told Trend.Agriculture Minister Inam Karimov, General Director of Azerbaijan Industrial Corporation Kamran Nabizade, Deputy Chairman of Azerbaijan amelioration and Water Management OJSC Zakir Guliyev, employees of the ministry's apparatus and subordinate structures, as well as farmers and representatives companies operating in this area.Declaration by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev of the development of the agricultural sector as one of the priorities was highlighted at the event.The participants emphasized that cotton growing, like all other branches of the agricultural sector, has entered a new stage of development. In recent years, the instructions of the head of state, as well as the work done within the framework of the implementation of the ‘State program for the development of cotton growing in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2017-2022’ have borne fruit.As a result of the measures taken, 336,000 tons of cotton were produced in 2020, which is 41,000 tons more than in 2019. The yield increased by 14 percent compared to 2019 and amounted to 33.6 centners per hectare.The preparation for cotton production in 2021, the challenges ahead, the development of a cotton-growing, and the upcoming goals were discussed at the meeting.It was brought to the attention of the participants that a comprehensive action plan was prepared for the timely implementation of cotton sowing and the implementation of technical support issues, covering the entire production process this year.Increasing cotton yields is an important task. The main goal today is to increase yields through intensive technologies for growing cotton. In order to ensure high productivity, it is necessary to rationally use land and water resources, crop rotation should be applied.In addition, the sides noted the importance of timely and correct implementation of agrotechnical measures, agrochemical analysis of lands, correct use of mineral fertilizers, and timely implementation of measures to combat pests.During the event, an exchange of views took place on the contracts signed for sowing cotton in 2021, the situation in connection with plowing, as well as questions about equipment, fertilizers, seeds, medicines, water supply, and the provision of subsidies.Following the discussion, the parties said that meetings in this format will continue. Appropriate instructions were given to promptly resolve the issues raised. Phased COVID-19 vaccination continues in Azerbaijan - Ministry of Health http://www.today.az/news/society/202676.html Society Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:27:00 +0400 By TrendPhased vaccination against COVID-19 continues in Azerbaijan, Deputy Health Minister of Azerbaijan Viktor Gasimov said, Trend reports."The stages of the process are reflected in the vaccination strategy. It indicates which population groups and at what stages will be vaccinated. At the first stage, medical workers are vaccinated, then workers of other structures. I also got vaccinated and I feel good," said the deputy minister. Kazakh Embassy extends condolences to Azerbaijan on 20 January tragedy's anniversary http://www.today.az/news/politics/202675.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:12:00 +0400 By Trend The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Azerbaijan made a statement in connection with the 31st anniversary of the tragedy of January 20, Trend reports referring to the embassy."In connection with the tragedy’s 31st anniversary, the Embassy of Kazakhstan expresses sincere sympathy to the people of Azerbaijan and honors the blessed memory of the innocent victims who died for the sake of freedom," the statement said.Azerbaijan commemorates the victims of the 20 January tragedy.The entry of the combat units of the Soviet army into Baku on January 20, 1990, to suppress large-scale demonstrations of the masses, protesting against the aggressive actions of Armenia and its territorial claims against Azerbaijan, against its patronage from the leadership of the former USSR, led to an unprecedented tragedy.January 20, 1990, became a heroic page in the history of the struggle for independence and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.The day of the 20 January tragedy is annually celebrated in the republic, which is immortalized in the blood memory of the Azerbaijani people as the Day of National Mourning. Azerbaijan achieved victory in the 44-day (from late Sept. through early Nov.2020) Patriotic War, having restored its territorial integrity. The people of Azerbaijan will always remember their martyrs, whose souls are now in heaven. The bright memory of them will always live in the hearts of the Azerbaijani people. EU Delegation mourning victims of “Black January” tragedy - statement http://www.today.az/news/politics/202684.html Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:50:00 +0400 By TrendDelegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan made a statement in regards to the 31st anniversary of the January 20 tragedy, Trend reports citing the delegation.“On this day of sorrow, together with the people of Azerbaijan, the EU Delegation is mourning the victims of the “Black January” tragedy. The tragic events underline the need for peace, reconciliation, and humanity for a better future. I express my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the January events," the delegation said in a statement.January 20 is a day that went down in the history of Azerbaijan's fight for independence and territorial integrity.On January 20, 1990, the Soviet army forces entered Baku to suppress the masses protesting the USSR-supported Armenian aggression based on territorial claims against Azerbaijan.On the night of January 19-20, 1990, 147 people were killed, 744 were injured and 841 were illegally arrested after Soviet troops entered Baku. The Soviet troops also destroyed 200 apartments and houses, as well as private and public property.January 20 is immortalized in the memory of the Azerbaijani nation as a Day of the Nationwide Sorrow.