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 Amnesty International verifies use of banned cluster bombs by Armenia to attack Azerbaijani Barda http://www.today.az/news/politics/199581.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 21:30:00 +0400 Amnesty International has verified the use of banned cluster bombs by Armenia for the first time in the current Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, following an attack on the city of Barda in Azerbaijan.On October 28, 2020, at approximately 1.30 pm (GMT+4) local time, one or several Smerch rockets were fired into Barda, striking a residential neighbourhood close to a hospital. The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office has stated that at least 21 people were killed, with an estimated 70 more injured.Amnesty International’s Crisis Response experts verified pictures (taken by Vice News reporters in the city) of fragments of 9N235 cluster munitions from 9M55 Smerch rockets, that appear to have been fired into the city by Armenian forces.“The firing of cluster munitions into civilian areas is cruel and reckless, and causes untold death, injury and misery,” said Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.“Cluster munitions are inherently indiscriminate weapons, and their use in any circumstances is banned under international humanitarian law.” Lebanese human rights defenders condemn Armenian vandalism in Beirut http://www.today.az/news/politics/199579.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 18:39:00 +0400 By TrendLebanese human rights defenders condemn Armenian vandalism in Beirut, well-known Lebanese lawyer, expert on foreign policy and international law, board member of the International Association of Human Rights Defenders Tareg Chandeb told Trend.Chandeb noted that the Lebanese Center for Legal and Political Research and Defense of Freedoms condemns the actions of the Lebanese Armenian extremist groups - their burning of the Turkish flag and the image of the president of Turkey.Ongoing vandalism of some Armenian extremist groups and their incitement to sectarian strife in Lebanon requires Lebanese security forces to arrest these terrorists and punish them appropriately, Chandeb said.He noted that the security forces and judicial bodies of Lebanon have not yet arrested a single Armenian extremist criminal who had previously abused Lebanon's relations with friendly Turkey.Also, the security and judicial authorities of Lebanon didn’t take any action against the Armenian extremists who violated Lebanese laws and recruited people as mercenaries, sending them to fight in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh against peaceful Azerbaijanis.He also noted that Azerbaijan is a friendly country and Lebanon maintains official diplomatic relations with it. Armenia once again violates ceasefire agreements - FACTS http://www.today.az/news/politics/199578.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 18:30:00 +0400 By TrendIf to look at the history of the Karabakh conflict, one very interesting detail can be traced - the actions of Yerevan have always been aimed at violating the agreements reached, especially the agreements on a ceasefire and a humanitarian truce, which became relevant due to the latest known events, Trend reports.The agreement on the third ceasefire regime in Nagorno-Karabakh entered into force at 8:00 am on October 26. However, already five minutes after the regime entered into force, Armenia violated the agreements. Why?In 1991, 1992, 1993, temporary armistice agreements were concluded:Kazakhstan played its role during the first war in Nagorno-Karabakh and made the first attempt at peace. Former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and then Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin tried to end the hostilities. Despite the consensus reached, Armenia didn’t stop its attacks. Peacekeeping efforts were stopped during the crash of an Azerbaijani MI-8 helicopter with Russian, Kazakh observers, and high-ranking Azerbaijani government officials on board when it was shot down by Armenia over the village of Garakand in the Khojavand district on November 20, 1991.On February 25, 1992, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati arrived in Baku to apply the experience of the Iran-Iraq war in Karabakh. On February 26, the parties promised each other by telephone a ceasefire from February 27 to 9 am on March 1, after which Velayati arrived in Ganja and began to wait for the promises. On February 26, Armenian militants committed the Khojaly genocide.In May 1992, the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Tehran and signed a truce. But as soon as the negotiations ended, the Armenian military stormed Shusha city.On August 27, a meeting of the foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Armenia took place in Alma-Ata. Its holding was agreed on the eve in a telephone conversation of the presidents of these states. The ceasefire entered into force on Sept. 1, 1992, but was violated within a few days by the Armenian side.With the mediation of Russia, the ceasefire agreement of September 19, 1992, entered into force on September 25, 1992. The ceasefire was violated by the Armenian side.Former Iranian President Rafsanjani brokered a ceasefire agreement between the parties on October 28, 1993. Again Armenia violated the ceasefire.Former Armenian President Robert Kocharian in his book "Life is Freedom: Autobiography of the Ex-President of Armenia and Karabakh" wrote: "We have repeatedly tried to negotiate with Azerbaijan on a truce and ceasefire. But every time for some reason it seemed to me that I needed to take advantage of inept actions. We managed to take advantage of the "truce window" in October 1993, that’s when, having agreed on a ceasefire, we established de facto control over Zangilan on October 29."On December 5-6, 1994, at the CSCE summit in Budapest, in order to coordinate mediation efforts within the CSCE, it was decided to establish the institution of the co-chairmanship of the Minsk Conference. At the Budapest Summit, the CSCE Chairman-in-Office was instructed to negotiate to reach a political agreement to end the armed conflict. The specified political agreement was intended to eliminate the consequences of the conflict and allow the convening of the Minsk Conference.On May 12, 1994, an agreement on a ceasefire was reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which, with the exception of local and short-term violations, lasted until April 2016;On March 23, 1995, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office issued a mandate to the Minsk Process Co-Chairs. At the summit held on December 2-3, 1996 in Lisbon, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, and the OSCE Chairman-in-Office recommended the fundamental principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement, which Armenia rejected, becoming the only one of the 54 OSCE member states that voted against the proposal.On April 2, 2016, after another provocation of the Armenian army, large-scale military clashes took place. As a result, the Armenian army suffered losses and retreated, and the Azerbaijani army took control of new strategic heights. On June 20, 2016, in St. Petersburg, at the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a meeting was held between the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia;On July 11, 2018, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan held their first meeting after the ‘Velvet Revolution’ in Armenia in May 2018. On the eve of the new leadership of Armenia proposed to change the format of negotiations on Karabakh.On July 12, 2020, after another provocation by Armenia, clashes began in the Tovuz direction of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, which continued with varying intensity for about a week;The new leadership of Armenia, trying to change the format of the negotiations, as well as declaring the inadmissibility of any concessions, actually disrupted the process of peace agreements. New statements by the Prime Minister of Armenia N.Pashinyan and the leaders of the military junta in Karabakh indicated the continuation of the aggressive policy and the existence of plans of official Yerevan in this direction;On September 27, 2020, the Azerbaijani army reacted harshly to the new provocations of the Armenian side. Within a month, 4 cities, 3 settlements, 165 villages were liberated. In fact, the Azerbaijani army in one month returned the territories that Armenia had seized in the early 1990s for several years;In fact, the 1994 ceasefire ceased to exist. Armenia bears full responsibility for the current situation, which has consistently thwarted all agreements both on the resolution of the conflict and on ensuring the ceasefire;In a short time, which had existed for 27 years, the status quo and the line of contact were eliminated. A new situation has developed in which Armenia is forced to agree to the withdrawal of troops from the territory of Azerbaijan. Residents of Barda fully confident in Azerbaijani army - Executive authority http://www.today.az/news/politics/199575.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendArmenian Armed Forces deliberately targeted the Azerbaijani city of Barda for the artillery attack, Head of the Barda District Executive Administration Vidadi Isayev said, Trend reports on October 29.“Due to Barda’s being a developed trading city, residents of the surrounding territories often go there to trade. Not only its residents, but also residents of Ganja, Aghdam and other nearby cities and settlements suffered from the attack,” he noted.Isayev also said that the attack hasn’t frightened residents of the city."In Barda, life continues as usual. For example, yesterday 1,100 tons of cotton were harvested. This means that the residents are going about their business. They are already accustomed to Armenian provocations, since such provocations are often committed by Armenians. Residents of Barda are completely confident in the Azerbaijani army and that soon we’ll win," added Isayev.As earlier reported, on October 28 Armenian Armed Forces launched missile attack on central part of Barda city, as a result of which over 20 civilians were killed, and more than 70 were injured.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.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, the 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. Azerbaijani MPs to observe parliamentary elections in Georgia http://www.today.az/news/politics/199568.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:50:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani MPs will observe the parliamentary elections in Georgia, Trend reports.The delegation includes members of the Working Group on Inter-Parliamentary Relations Azerbaijan-Georgia Arzu Nagiyev, Mazahir Efendiyev, Amina Agazade, members of the PA GUAM Elnur Allahverdiyev, Fatma Yildirim, Nasib Makhmaliyev.The delegation is led by MP Arzu Nagiyev.The parliamentary elections in Georgia are scheduled for October 31. Senior official: Armenia used cluster bombs prohibited by all int'l conventions to attack ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/199567.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:35:00 +0400 By TrendArmenian Armed Forces used cluster bombs prohibited by all international conventions to attack the civilian population of Azerbaijani city of Barda, Assistant to the First Vice President of Azerbaijan Elchin Amirbekov said, Trend reports.Amirbekov made the statement during a briefing held in Tartar city of Azerbaijan within the framework of the visit of the diplomatic corps to the city.“The idea behind this trip was for you to see the Armenian atrocities against the civilian population of Barda and Tartar. My message for you will be to transmit the appeal of the Azerbaijani government to your country and the international community for this crime against humanity and act of terror of Armenia,” Amirbekov said.Amirbekov emphasized that despite this attack currently the people of Barda are mobilized around their president and army.“It is clear today that the Armenian government has no intention whatsoever to go back to the diplomatic way to resolve the conflict. Despite the communication of Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs with OSCE MG Co-Chairs to try and resolve the conflict, Armenia launched the attack on the civilian population of Azerbaijan,” he said.“The fact that there are foreign media representatives which will deliver this message back to the countries they represent is especially important because we are facing not only military attacks but also disinformation war launched by Armenia in order to tarnish Azerbaijan and put the blame on us,” he said.He also noted that the ammunition which was used to attack Barda is prohibited.“The cluster ammunition is prohibited by international conventions. Armenia is using it to bring more damage and to increase the number of casualties. Azerbaijan will continue its counteroffensive operation to de-occupy its territories because Armenia continues to violate the third in a row ceasefire agreement. This shows that they are not interested in peace. This is their choice and all responsibility for the current situation lies with the leadership of Armenia. Azerbaijan will continue to use its right to restore occupied territories,” he said. Some 15,500 shells fallen on Azerbaijan’s Tartar since Armenian attacks on September 27 http://www.today.az/news/politics/199580.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:34:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Aisha JabbarovaArmenian forces have been heavily shelling Azerbaijan’s Tartar region since Armenia resumed the tension on the frontline on September 27.Some 15, 500 shells have fallen on the territory of Tartar since September 27, with the daily number of shells reaching 2,280 occasionally, Head of the Tartar district’s Mayor’s Office Mustagim Mammadov told local and foreign journalists on October 29. Mammadov said that 17 civilians, including one child and one woman, were killed in Tartar as a result of Armenia's shelling.“As many as 61 people were injured, 51 have already been discharged from the hospital. So far, 133 houses have been completely destroyed, 873 houses have been partially damaged. The damage was caused to 14 schools, three hospitals, 18 administrative buildings, 65 residential buildings (one building was completely destroyed). In total, about 1,200 people suffered from the attacks of Armenians on Tartar,” Mammadov said.Representatives of diplomatic corps visited Tartar district to evaluate the destruction caused by Armenian forces.Earlier, Presidential Aide Hikmat Hajiyev said with reference to Tartar’s shelling that Tartar is 'Stalingrad' of Azerbaijan against Armenia's Nazism.Ninety-one Azerbaijani civilians have been killed in Armenia’s indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Azerbaijan.Armenia has also been shelling Azerbaijan’s other cities and regions - Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi, Absheron, Tartar, Gabala, Kurdamir, Siyazan, Goranboy, Aghdam.Azerbaijan’s strategic infrastructure projects such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Novorossiysk pipelines and Oghuz- Gabala-Baku water pipeline have also come under Armenian attacks.The Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army, using large-calibre weapons, mortars and artillery on 27 September. Azerbaijan retaliated with a counter-offensive along the entire front.  Missile-hit area of Azerbaijan's Barda city targeted purposefully - Executive Office http://www.today.az/news/politics/199564.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:24:00 +0400 By TrendThe missiles fired at Azerbaijan’s Barda city hit the area where the trade facilities were located, and Armenia deliberately chose this busy place, Head of the Barda District Executive Power Vidadi Isayev said, Trend reports on October 29.According to Isayev, it is no coincidence that Armenia targeted this territory in Barda."After Ganja, Barda is the second biggest city in the number of infrastructure and trade facilities in Azerbaijan,” he said.As earlier reported, on October 28 Armenian Armed Forces made missile attacks on the central part of Barda city, as a result of which over 20 civilians were killed, and more than 70 were injured.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.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, the 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. Armenian military-political leadership to be punished soon – Azerbaijani prosecutor general http://www.today.az/news/politics/199573.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:18:00 +0400 By TrendSome 45 criminal cases on Armenia’s crimes were initiated from September 27 up till now, Azerbaijani Prosecutor General Kamran Aliyev said.Aliyev made the remarks during a trip with representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Azerbaijan to the country’s Tartar district, Trend reports on Oct. 29.“The employees of the prosecutor's office carry out the operations in each criminal case,” prosecutor general added. “Armenian military-political leadership is responsible for these crimes.”"Once again I want to assure you that throughout history, the individuals who committed such crimes have been punished,” Aliyev said. “The Armenian military-political leadership will soon be punished." People like Vladimir Yevseev call on Armenia to commit war crimes - Israeli expert http://www.today.az/news/politics/199576.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:11:00 +0400 By  Trend:People like Vladimir Yevseev are leading Armenia to damages and losses, deliberately inciting to commit war crimes, Israeli expert, lawyer, mediator, diplomat, public figure Natavan Rashidova Katzman told Trend.She was commenting on the statement of Yevseev, who is the head of the Caucasus Department of the Institute of CIS Countries, that Armenia allegedly has full right to use the Iskander tactical missile system on oil and gas infrastructure of Azerbaijan.According to the IV Geneva Convention and Additional Protocols adopted in 1977, it is strictly forbidden to turn the civilian population into an object of strikes, as well as to strike at significant objects of life support of the civilian population and energy infrastructure, facilities, and transport networks.In accordance with international law, attacks by Armenia on vital energy facilities such as reservoirs, oil and gas pipelines, water pipelines, and power plants are categorically unacceptable and are war crimes for which the Armenian regime is fully responsible.“As it is known, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Characters such as Vladimir Yevseev, who is pursuing the allegedly good goals of "stopping losses on both sides," calls on Armenia to commit war crimes,” Katzman said.Katzman added that Yevseyev's claims raise questions about his competence and morality when he claims that Armenia has every right to commit war crimes.“These statements are nothing more than incitement and have no legal basis,” she said.Such "experts" as Yevseev are enemies, first of all, of the Armenian people, engaging in incitement to crime, and their activities are aimed only at stirring up the conflict and hindering the establishment of peace, she said.It is obvious that an attack on the energy facilities of Azerbaijan will and is already leading only to an additional escalation of the conflict, to even greater casualties and huge losses, mainly for the Armenian people.Among other things, attacks on oil and gas infrastructures can turn into an environmental disaster for the entire region as a whole. Also, such strikes are condemned by the world community and pose a threat to the energy security of Europe, and do not bode well for the political and diplomatic future of Armenia.“Azerbaijan's air defense system is able to cope with any tasks and the Iskander missile launcher will surprise no one. Armenians only lose expensive equipment, human resources, and time,” Katzman said.“Yevseev understands that by committing war crimes, Armenia will suffer losses both on the battlefield and on the world arena through sanctions and condemnation, its prestige will be greatly affected, and it will be simply impossible to ask the European community for help. "According to Katzman, engaging in incitement, calling for war crimes, and escalating the conflict in order to prolong the conflict and increase the number of victims - all this is unacceptable, inhuman, and intolerable in any democratic society.“If Yevseev really cares about the fate of the Armenian and Azerbaijani peoples, about peace in the region, he would call on the Armenian leadership to leave the occupied lands of Azerbaijan, to start improving living conditions in Armenia itself, developing the Armenian economy, including by building good-neighborly relations with other countries, but would not tell the country about the non-existent right to attack infrastructures and would not call Armenia for a war that brings troubles and losses, would not incite to get involved in new problems and commit war crimes that will get Armenia into additional problems in terms of human and financial losses and from the point of view of a major blow to the country's image as a whole,” she said. Shahriyar Mammadyarov wins bronze http://www.today.az/news/politics/199551.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani GM Shahriyar Mammadyarov has been named among prize-winners of Titled Tuesday Blitz. Mammadyarov scored 9.5 points following the results of 11 rounds, taking the third place on the line.Another national chess player, Vugar Rasulov, scored eight points and took 22nd place among 617 participants.Note that it is not the first time that Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is among prize winners of  the Titled Tuesday Blitz. In early October, he also took the third place. The chess player then scored 8.5 points but lost on additional indicators to Peruvian Jose Martinez and Uzbek Nodir Abdusattorov.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.Shahriyar 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 Gashimov 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.He played for Azerbaijan at the Chess Olympiads of 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.National chess player Teymur Radjabov 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, Radjabov 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, Radjabov 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. Armenian leadership to be held accountable for attacking civilians - Prosecutor General http://www.today.az/news/politics/199548.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:03:00 +0400 By TrendArmenian leadership orders to commit terror against the peaceful Azerbaijani population every time when Azerbaijan achieves success in battles, Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan Kamran Aliyev said commenting the recent missile attacks of Armenia on Azerbaijan's Barda district, Trend reports on October 29.According to Aliyev, until today in the world, no such act has remained unanswered."Armenia will answer for these actions and sooner or later will be held accountable," he said.He also added that the Prosecutor Office’s employees are working and collecting all the facts in Barda.As earlier reported, on October 27-28 Armenian Armed Forces made missile attacks on Barda district’s peaceful settlements (Qarayusifli village and central part of Barda city), as a result of which nearly 30 civilians were killed, and about 90 were injured.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.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, the 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 bombing maternity hospital in Nagorno-Karabakh's Khankendi - fake http://www.today.az/news/politics/199571.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:50:00 +0400 By TrendRussian and Armenian propagandists have widely spread fake information about the alleged strike on a maternity hospital in Nagorno-Karabakh’s Khankendi by Azerbaijani aviation, an article published on Ukrainian Uc.od.ua website said, Trend reports.According to the article, the propagandists, a little later, made an amendment that the strike was inflicted by Turkish F-16 planes, allegedly on the personal order of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.“What is important is that this information appeared at the same time as the Armenian Armed Forces committed a bloody crime by launching missiles on the Azerbaijani city of Barda, which caused a large number of civilian casualties," said the article."Obviously, the information about the F-16 attack on the hospital in Khankendi was spread in order to overshadow the bloody crime of the Armenian side," said the author of the article.The article further said that the photos from the alleged bombing of Khankendi have shown empty rooms, without any furniture, as if they were in the middle of some repairs."Secondly, what is worse is that we're shown a warhead that was allegedly dropped on the hospital, and the bombs after being dropped do not remain the warheads intact," said the article.The author of the article brings up his version of the story: Armenia's air defense system reacted to something, possibly an unmanned aerial vehicle over Khankendi, and shot at it by a surface-to-air missile, so the explosion occurred above the hospital, as the pieces fell on the hospital, causing the damage."Instead of publishing true facts, the propagandists preferred to tell numerous readers the sorrowful story about the maternity hospital, women in labor and 'bloodthirsty Turks' bombing Khankendi on the personal order of Erdogan,” concluded the article.As earlier reported, on October 27-28 Armenian Armed Forces made missile attacks on Barda district’s peaceful settlements (Qarayusifli village and central part of Barda city), as a result of which nearly 30 civilians were killed, and about 90 were injured.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.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, the 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. Armenian leadership shelled Tartar ignoring visit of diplomats - President's aide http://www.today.az/news/politics/199566.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe military-political leadership of Armenia became so insolent that its armed forces shelled Tartar even when diplomats were there, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev said, Trend reports on Oct.29.According to Hajiyev, such actions are a part of the crimes of Armenians, which began with the Khojaly tragedy and continue to this day.“Today, on the initiative of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, another humanitarian mission was carried out. An initiative was realized to unilaterally transfer the bodies of Armenian military servicemen. To this end, a humanitarian corridor was opened in Azerbaijan’s Gazakh-Tovuz direction. The body transfer operation has already been completed. From civilians, an elderly woman was forwarded to Armenia through Georgia, and one elderly man will be forwarded when his health condition allows."Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.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, the 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. Defense ministry: Azerbaijan’s all Smerch multiple rocket launchers fully operational http://www.today.az/news/politics/199569.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:38:00 +0400 By TrendThe Armenian Defense Ministry has disseminated video footage about the allegedly destroyed Smerch multiple rocket launcher belonging to Azerbaijan on Oct. 29, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry."We inform that this video footage is fake and it is unknown where it was filmed,” the ministry added. “All the Smerch multiple rocket launchers belonging to Azerbaijan are fully operational."Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. Currently, Azerbaijan continues the liberation of its territories from Armenian troops.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.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, the 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. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva congratulates Turkey on Republic Day http://www.today.az/news/politics/199565.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:35:00 +0400 First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has made an Instagram post on the occasion of the Republic Day of Turkey.In a post on her official Instagram post Mehriban Aliyeva says: “I sincerely congratulate the brotherly people of Turkey on 29 October-the Republic Day. Turkey and the Turkish people occupy a special place in the heart of every Azerbaijani. We are bound together by reliable and strong ties of friendship and brotherhood. We see how you rejoice in our successes and victories. We see how you share our pain. All this shows the strength of unity, friendship and sincerity between Azerbaijan and the Republic of Turkey. May the friendship and brotherhood of our peoples be eternal and unshakable! I wish all the people of Turkey robust health, happiness and peace. May Almighty God bless our peoples!” Azerbaijan expands list of settlements banned with entry-exit due to COVID-19 http://www.today.az/news/politics/199547.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:23:00 +0400 By TrendBased on the current sanitary and epidemiological situation in Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers has made amendments to additional measures regarding the special quarantine regime, related to COVID-19 outbreak, Trend reports.According to the amendments, with the exception of the movement of operational and special purpose vehicles, as well as trucks, along with Sabirabad city, Javad, Turkadi, Galagayin and Kurkandi villages of the Sabirabad district, the city of Shaki and the village of Kish of the Shaki district, the villages of Shaglakuche and Shikhakeran of the Lankaran district, the city of Guba and the villages of Rustov and Zardabi of the Guba district, the city of Mingachevir, as well as the Aghstafa, Bilasuvar, Khachmaz, Ismayilli, Gakh and Zagatala districts from 00:00 (GMT+4) on October 29, entry-exit from the city of Lankaran, as well as Jalilabad and Masalli districts will be suspended.Moreover, from 00:00 on October 31 till 06:00 on November 2, along with the cities of Ganja, Yevlakh, Mingachevir, Lankaran, Shaki, Shirvan, as well as Goygol, Samukh, Sabirabad, Guba, Aghstafa, Bilasuvar, Khachmaz, Isamayilli, Gakh and Zagatala districts, public transport movement in Jalilabad and Masalli districts will be suspended. Armenian servicemen, who fire at civilians in Azerbaijan’s Barda, killed on battlefield http://www.today.az/news/politics/199561.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:20:00 +0400 By TrendThe Armenian servicemen, who fired at civilians in Azerbaijan’s Barda city, were killed on the battlefield, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. Currently, Azerbaijan continues the liberation of its territories from Armenian troops.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.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, the 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. President Ilham Aliyev calls President Recep Tayyip Erdogan http://www.today.az/news/politics/199552.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:11:00 +0400 On October 29, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made a phone call to President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The head of state congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the people of Turkey on the occasion of Republic Day and wished them prosperity and happiness.President Ilham Aliyev once again praised the constant political support of the Turkish President for the country in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and expressed confidence that the friendly and brotherly peoples of Azerbaijan and Turkey will continue to stand by each other.Expressing gratitude to the Azerbaijani President for the attention and congratulations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan conveyed his greetings and best wishes to the brotherly people of Azerbaijan and noted that the friendly and brotherly peoples of the two countries will always stand by each other.During the phone conversation, the presidents discussed bilateral relations and regional issues. Country registers 1,015 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/199546.html Society Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 1,015 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on October 29.Some 483 patients have recovered and 9 patients have died in the reported period. So far, 53,152 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 42,516 patients have recovered, 708 people have died. Currently, 10,636 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 11,813 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 1,331,287 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. Missile-hit area of Azerbaijan's Barda city targeted purposefully - Executive Office http://www.today.az/news/politics/199572.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:57:00 +0400 By TrendThe missiles fired at Azerbaijan’s Barda city hit the area where the trade facilities were located, and Armenia deliberately chose this busy place, Head of the Barda District Executive Power Vidadi Isayev said, Trend reports on October 29.According to Isayev, it is no coincidence that Armenia targeted this territory in Barda."After Ganja, Barda is the second biggest city in the number of infrastructure and trade facilities in Azerbaijan,” he said.As earlier reported, on October 28 Armenian Armed Forces made missile attacks on the central part of Barda city, as a result of which over 20 civilians were killed, and more than 70 were injured.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.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, the 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. French envoy makes statement on Armenian missile attack on Barda http://www.today.az/news/politics/199542.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:56:00 +0400 By TrendAmbassador of France in Azerbaijan Zacharie Gross made a statement on the Armenian missile attack on the Azerbaijani city of Barda, Trend reports citing Gross’s Twitter.Very saddened by the loss of life in Barda, he said.On Oct. 28, Barda city was once again subjected to Armenia’s missile fire. As a result, 21 people died, about 70 people were wounded, several civilian facilities were destroyed, many vehicles became unusable. Iranian MP: Iran must full support Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/199543.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:49:00 +0400 By TrendIran must fully and sincerely support the millions of Muslims of Azerbaijan who want to liberate their territories from occupation, Iranian MP Mahmoud Abbaszadeh Meshkini said at Iranian parliament yesterday's meeting, Trend reports citing Iranian parliament’s official website.According to Abbaszadeh Meshkini, Iran must properly implement the comprehensive strategy of the government.The MP added that in this regard, the emotions and demands of the honorable people of Iran, especially the people of East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, Ardabil, Zanjan, and other provinces, must be taken into account. Armenia suffers large losses in military equipment, manpower as Azerbaijan repels attacks http://www.today.az/news/politics/199549.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:40:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaThe Armenian armed forces continued to fire at positions of the Azerbaijani troops and human settlements in different directions of the front on 28-29 October, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has reported.Operations in Khojavend, Fuzuli and GoranboyThe ministry said that the combat operations mainly continued in Khojavend, Fuzuli and Gubadli directions of the front.In retaliation to Armenian troops using various weapons, including artillery and missiles, the Azerbaijani armed forces killed and wounded the enemy fighters in different directions of the front. Armenian attacks were repelled.A large number of Armenian troops, two pieces of T-72 tanks, two pieces of BM-21 "Grad" MLRS, 14 different types of howitzers, several strongholds, and six auto vehicles were destroyed in different directions of the front. At present, our troops are monitoring the operational situation, the ministry said.Meanwhile, the ministry described as misinformation Armenia’s reports on aircraft strikes by Azerbaijan on 29 October.”The news spread Armenia today about the strikes on the city of Aghdara with the use of our aircraft is misinformation,” the ministry said. It added that no aircraft belonging to the Azerbaijani Air Force took off on 29 October.On 29 October, the ministry also reported that Goranboy, Tartar and Barda districts came under Armenian artillery fire.On the same day, the ministry reported that the strikes inflicted by the Azerbaijani army are forcing the units of the Armenian troops to retreat.“The Armenian armed forces suffer significant losses, its military equipment is disabled. The military leadership of Armenia is forced to admit the mistakes made and come to terms with the difficult situation in which they fell,” said the ministry.“Liberating the occupied lands, the Azerbaijani armed forces seize a large amount of ammunition from the Armenian armed forces. The Armenian armed forces, grossly violating the norms of international humanitarian law, fire at civilians and civilian infrastructure. The Azerbaijani Army has only one task - to liberate Azerbaijani lands from occupation by striking military targets, but without harming civilians,” said the ministry.Senior Armenian officers killedOn 28 October, the Defence Ministry confirmed the killing of senior Armenian officers by the Azerbaijani armed forces.“Attempted attacks by the forces were resolutely suppressed several times during the day on 28 October. Suffering significant losses both in military equipment and in manpower, they retreated. As a result of the retaliatory measures of the Azerbaijani army, the deputy commander of the 1st regiment of the combined arms army, Colonel Artur Sargsyan, and the chief of communications of the 18th motorized rifle division, Major Aram Gazaryan, were killed. Moreover, Lieutenant Colonel B.Aseryan, commander of the 2nd motorized rifle regiment Hunan Ayrumyan, and deputy commander of the 3rd battalion of the 5th mountain rifle regiment Roman Tunyan went missing,” the ministry said.The ministry said on 28 October that the enemy forces firing on Azerbaijan’s civilian structure and civilians were destroyed by an accurate fire of the Azerbaijani army units. Units of the Azerbaijan army destroyed enemy forces and equipment that shelled our cities and regions, which is a gross violation of the humanitarian ceasefire regime, the ministry added.The ministry released video footages of ammunition, armoured and auto vehicles left by the enemy on the battlefield while fleeing and also Giyasli and Sariyataq villages of Gubadli District recently liberated from the Armenian occupation.On 28 October, the enemy fired from “Grad” MLRS at Tartar District, the ministry said.“The enemy forces that could not resist the accurate fire strikes of our units and fled from the battlefield were destroyed,” the report added.Under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, the successful counter-offensive operation of the victorious Azerbaijani army continues. The valiant artillerymen of the Azerbaijani armed forces are destroying military equipment and manpower of the Armenian armed forces with precise strikes, the ministry stated on 28 October.The Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army, using large-calibre weapons, mortars and artillery on 27 September. Azerbaijan retaliated with a counter-offensive along the entire front. Currently, Azerbaijan continues the liberation of its territories from the Armenian occupation.Back in July 2020, Armenia’s troops violated the ceasefire in Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of servicemen, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian armed forces.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, the Armenian armed forces occupied 20 per cent 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. Int'l Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation decries Armenian attacks on civilians http://www.today.az/news/politics/199540.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:36:00 +0400 By TrendThe International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation strongly condemns attacks on the civilian population of Azerbaijan, President of the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation Gunay Afandiyeva said in a statement, Trend reports.“On October 28, the Armenian armed forces shelled the Azerbaijani city of Barda with missiles from the Smerch multiple launch rocket system, which led to heavy casualties among the civilian population. As a result of an insidious rocket attack on the city of Barda, 21 civilians including children were killed, and more than 70 people were seriously injured,” the statement said.The statement said that heavy artillery fire aimed at civilians is a great threat and a crime not only against the Azerbaijani people but also against humanity as a whole.“The International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation strongly condemns these attacks on the civilian population of Azerbaijan and calls on international organizations and the world community not to remain indifferent to this vile policy that leads to the murder of innocent people,” the statement said.The International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation commemorates the memory of those killed as a result of military provocations of Armenia, expresses deep condolences to their families and all Azerbaijani people, wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded. ANAMA reveals details of Armenian attacks on Azerbaijan's Barda http://www.today.az/news/politics/199532.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:22:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Barda district was fired upon from the Smerch multiple-launch missile system on Oct. 28, a representative of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) said, Trend reports.He noted that the Armenian Armed Forces fired at the peaceful city two operational-tactical fragmentation missiles - 9M525 and Smerch, possessing a powerful destructive force, with a cluster warhead equipped with fragmentation warheads of 72 pieces - 144 pieces in total.Moreover, fragmentation warheads were also found in Goranboy and Aghjabadi, ANAMA representative said. Azerbaijan hands over bodies of soldiers, captured civilians to Armenia - president's aide http://www.today.az/news/politics/199537.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:15:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan handed over to Armenia the bodies of 30 soldiers and two civilians who were captured, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration, Hikmat Hajiyev said, Trend reports.Hajiyev noted that the bodies of 30 Armenian servicemen and two captured civilians were handed over to Armenia in the Tovuz-Gazakh direction.Azerbaijan highly appreciates the efforts in this direction of the Russian Ministry of Defense, and personally of Defense Minister, General of Army Sergei Shoigu. Thanks to the support of this initiative by Russia, the Armenian side agreed to open a humanitarian corridor in the Gazakh-Tovuz direction and receive the bodies of its military personnel. Defense Ministry: Aircraft of Azerbaijani Armed Forces not involved in today's battles http://www.today.az/news/politics/199559.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe news spread by the Armenian side about the strikes on Agdere town by using the aircraft of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces is disinformation, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend on Oct. 29."We state that aircraft of the Azerbaijani Air Force has not taken off in the air today," the ministry said.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. Currently, Azerbaijan continues the liberation of its territories from Armenian troops.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.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, the 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 shoots down two Armenian Su-25 fighter jets http://www.today.az/news/politics/199528.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:47:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Aisha JabbarovaAzerbaijani Air Defense Units shot down two Su-25 fighter jets of the Armenian armed forces at about 13:18 and 13:20 on October 29, the Defence Ministry has reported.The fighter jets sought to inflict airstrikes on the positions of the Azerbaijan Army in the Gubadli direction.Yesterday Armenia launched a missile attack on Azerbaijan's Barda city far from the conflict zone, killing 21 civilians and injuring 70 others. Five more civilians, including a child, were killed in the Armenian missile attack on the same city on October 27.Armenia launhced missile attacks targeting civilian settlements in Azerbaijan shortly after it resumed attacks near the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region on September 27. Ninety-one Azerbaijani civilians have been killed in Armenia's indiscriminate missile attacks on Azerbaijani civilians since then.Armenia has also been attacking Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Novorossiysk pipelines and Oghuz- Gabala-Baku water pipeline.Azerbaijan and Armenia are locked in a conflict over Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region, which along with seven adjacent regions was occupied by Armenian forces in a war in the early 1990s. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and around one million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. Azerbaijan's Zangilan city liberated not long before 27-year anniversary of its occupation http://www.today.az/news/politics/199574.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:42:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan's Zangilan city, the administrative center of Zangilan district, was occupied by the Armenian Armed Forces on October 29, 1993, Trend reports.On October 20, 2020, the Azerbaijani army liberated the city, as well as the district's Havala, Zarnali, Mammadbayli, Hakari, Sharifan, and Mughanli villages from the Armenian occupation. Soon, on October 21, 22, 23, and 26, the settlement of Minjivan, the villages of Khuram, Khumarli, Saril, Babayli, Uchunju Aghaly, Gajalli, Girakh Mushlan, Udgun, Turabad, Icheri Mushlan, Melikli, Jahangirbeyli, Kollugishlag, Malatkeshin, Kend Zangilan, Genlik, Valigulubayli, Garadere, Chopedere, Tatar, Tiri, Amirkhanli, Gargulu, Bartaz, Dallakli, and Aghbend settlement were also liberated.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.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, the 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. Presidential aide: Unlike Armenia, Azerbaijan not to attack civilians http://www.today.az/news/politics/199529.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Aisha JabbarovaPresidential Aide Hikmat Hajiyev has criticized Armenia’s indiscriminate attacks on civilians, saying that unlike Armenia, Azerbaijan only target military infrastructure.“This is the difference between Azerbaijan and Armenia,” he said.Hajiyev made the remarks in Barda district that he visited along with diplomatic corps today in the aftermath of Armenian missile attacks. Twenty-five civilians were killed in Armenian missile attacks on Barda on October 27-28.Hajiyev said that the Armenian Armed Forces flee from the battlefield as the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are giving a worthy response to the Armenian troops and drive them away.“After Barda district, we will go to Tartar district, if the Armenians want to shoot, let them shoot,” assistant to the president went on saying.Meanwhile, Hajiyev wrote in his Twitter account today that by firing cluster missiles, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sought to intimidate innocent civilians of Barda."Barda is beautiful and strong than ever before with reinforced determination. You made your big mistake. Added one more warcrime to your file. Now we going to Tartar to show your crimes," he wrote.Armenia launched missile attacks targeting civilian settlements in Azerbaijan shortly after it resumed attacks near the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region on September 27.Ninety-one civilians have been killed in Armenia's indiscriminate missile attacks on Azerbaijan so far.  Foreign Minister highlights Armenia's war crimes against civilians http://www.today.az/news/politics/199530.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:21:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadTargeting civilians and civilian infrastructure are yet another war crimes committed by Armenia, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said during the phone conversation with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on October 28.The minister briefed high representative on the latest gross violation of humanitarian ceasefire by Armenian armed forces, targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructures, using cluster munitions to inflict excessive casualties among peaceful population.Moreover, the minister noted the deliberate killing of civilians in Barda city by missile attacks on October 27-28 by Armenia’s forces, stressing that Armenian leadership bears full responsibility for these heinous crimes.In turn, Josep Borrell expressed his regret on the shelling the civilians and emphasized that targeting civilians is inadmissible. In addition, he noted the necessity of restoring dialogue between the sides for ensuring the peaceful statement of the conflict.The Armenian attack on civilians was also discussed during the phone conversation between Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Deputy Secretary of State of the U.S. Stephen Biegun, Minister for European Neighborhood and the Americas of the United Kingdom Wendy Morton and Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis.During the phone conversations, the minister noted that innocent civilians, including children and women of the cities situated far away from the conflict zone, have been repeatedly attacked by the Armenian armed forces after the Washington meeting and on the eve of intended Geneva talks.Bayramov underlined that Armenia grossly violates the agreed ceasefire for the third time, as well as the international humanitarian law.In turn, Ignazio Cassis reiterated the position of Switzerland on supporting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and noted the readiness of his country in case if there is a role to play in the peaceful settlement of the conflict.Stephen Biegun and Wendy Morton expressed serious concern over the civilian casualties, and noted the inadmissibility of attacks against civilians, stressing the importance of decreasing tensions in the region.Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale operation in the front-line zone on September 27 at 6 am, shelling the positions of the Azerbaijani army from large-calibre weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibres. Armenia has been targeting Azerbaijan’s densely populated areas and infrastructure projects.Starting from September 27, Armenia launched a missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities and regions - Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi, Absheron, Tartar, Gabala, Kurdamir, Siyazan, Goranboy, Aghdam among others.Additionally, Armenia targeted Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Novorossiysk pipelines and Oghuz- Gabala-Baku water pipeline.Azerbaijan and Armenia are locked in a conflict over Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region, which along with seven adjacent regions was occupied by Armenian forces in a war in the early 1990s. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and around one million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. Presidential aide, diplomatic corps arrive in missile-hit Barda, Tartar http://www.today.az/news/politics/199538.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:17:00 +0400 By TrendAssistant to the Azerbaijani President, Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev arrived in Barda and Tartar together with representatives of media and diplomatic corps, Trend reports.Earlier today, Hajiyev tweeted: We are on the way to Barda and Tartar to show Armenia's intentional war crimes against innocent civilians to international media and diplomatic corps. They will see on the spot crimes of Armenia's political-military leadership. We thank our diplomatic corps for compassion!" Debris of missiles fired at Azerbaijani Barda http://www.today.az/news/politics/199535.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:07:00 +0400 By TrendEmployees of the National Agency for Mine Action in Azerbaijan (ANAMA) have collected the debris of the missiles that were fired at Barda on Oct. 29, 2020 by the Armenian Armed Forces, Trend reports from the scene.For safety reasons, the debris of the missiles were taken to a specially designated area and neutralized there. Azerbaijan Defense Ministry: High-ranking Armenian officers annihilated http://www.today.az/news/politics/199541.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0400 By TrendUnits of the Armed Forces of Armenia fired at Azerbaijani military positions and peaceful settlements from various directions, Trend reports with reference to the Ministry of Defense.Attempted attacks by the forces were resolutely suppressed several times during the day on October 28. Suffering significant losses both in military equipment and in manpower, they retreated.As a result of the retaliatory measures of the Azerbaijani army, the deputy commander of the 1st regiment of the combined arms army, Colonel Artur Sargsyan, and the chief of communications of the 18th motorized rifle division, Major Aram Gazaryan, were killed.Moreover, Lieutenant Colonel B.Aseryan, commander of the 2nd motorized rifle regiment Hunan Ayrumyan, and deputy commander of the 3rd battalion of the 5th mountain rifle regiment Roman Tunyan went missing.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.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, the 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. Azerbaijani FM’s visit to Geneva postponed http://www.today.az/news/politics/199533.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:58:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov’s visit to Geneva has been postponed, Trend reports citing Spokesperson for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Leyla Abdullayeva.A new date for the visit is expected to be approved.A meeting between Bayramov and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs was scheduled for Oct. 29 in Geneva. Destroyed military equipment of the Armenian army http://www.today.az/news/politics/199527.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:43:00 +0400 By TrendDuring the day and at nighttime, a large number of enemy forces, 2 - T-72 tanks, 2 - BM-21 "Grad" MLRS, 14 different types of howitzers, several strongholds, and 6 auto vehicles in different directions of the front were destroyed and wrecked, Trend reports citing Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.At present, our troops are monitoring the operational situation.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.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, the 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. Pakistani ambassador condemns Armenia's attack against civilians in Azerbaijan's Barda http://www.today.az/news/politics/199526.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:36:00 +0400 By TrendPakistan's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Bilal Hayee condemned today's terrorist attack by Armenia against civilians in Azerbaijan's Barda city, Bilal Hayee wrote about this on his Twitter page, Trend reports.The Ambassador noted that this step of Armenia should be condemned."Today we received sad news about numerous civilian casualties in the Azerbaijani city of Barda. The use of prohibited weapons against the civilian population is unacceptable and should be unequivocally condemned. Stay strong, Azerbaijan!," Hayee wrote.As a result of the rocket attacks on Barda by the Armenian armed forces today, 21 civilians were killed and about 70 civilians were injured. OSCE MG either unable or uwilling to solve Karabakh conflict - Erdogan http://www.today.az/news/politics/199560.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:34:00 +0400 By TrendThe OSCE Minsk Group is not able to resolve the Karabakh conflict, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Trend reports.“The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs - Russia, the US and France, are either unable or unwilling to resolve the conflict. For 30 years, they were just gathering, meeting and dispersing. The time has come to make a concrete decision on the conflict, and the conflict must end,” said Erdogan.“During negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, I voiced a joint solution to this issue,” Erdogan noted.The Turkish president also commented on the statements that Turkey allegedly sent armed mercenaries from the Middle East to Azerbaijan.“All this talk is a lie, nothing more. On the contrary, fighters of the PKK terrorist organization are fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh on the side of Armenia,” he said.“These facts must be presented to Nikol Pashinyan. He should know that Karabakh is a red line for Turkey. During my conversation with Vladimir Putin, I have repeatedly stressed this. Pashinyan should also know that Turkey cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that PKK militants are fighting in the region,” Erdogan said. Iran is next to people and state of Azerbaijan - special representative of Iranian President http://www.today.az/news/politics/199525.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:24:00 +0400 By TrendIran strongly condemns attacks on non-military targets, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of Iranian President Seyid Abbas Aragchi told Trend on Wednesday.According to him, Iran's position is extremely clear. Aragchi stressed that attacks on innocent people must be stopped immediately."We are next to the people and state of Azerbaijan. Iran will step up efforts to prevent the killing of civilians. Iran considers the killing of innocent people and the shelling of cities unacceptable". Armenia shelling Azerbaijan's Barda, Goranboy regions [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/199539.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:12:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Aisha JabbarovaArmenian armed forces have shelled Azerbaijan's Barda and Goranboy regions, the Defence Ministry reported today at 12.27.Earlier, the ministry reported that Armenian armed forces subjected to artillery fire the territory of the Goranboy and Terter regions at 09:25 a.m. local time.It should be noted that Azerbaijan’s Presidential Aide Hikmat Hajiyev, the Prosecutor General and foreign diplomats in the country are in Barda city that came under Armenian missile attacks on October 28 and 29. The attacks have killed 25 civilians, including a Red Cross volunteer.Earlier Hajiyev tweeted: We are on the way to Barda and Tartar to show Armenia's intentional war crimes against innocent civilians to international media and diplomatic corps. They will see on the spot crimes of Armenia's political-military leadership. We thank our diplomatic corps for compassion."Armenian attacks on Azerbaijani positions and civilians come after the US-brokered cease-fire agreement that entered force on October 26.Armenia  has launhced missile attacks tartgeting civilian settlements in Azerbaijan shortly after it resumed attacks near the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region on September 27.Ninety-one civilians have been killed in Armenia's indiscriminate missile attacks on Azerbaijan so far.  Azerbaijan provides footage of Armenian troops, military equipment being destroyed http://www.today.az/news/politics/199524.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:10:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani Armed Forces killed the servicemen and destroyed the military equipment of the Armenian Armed Forces, which, in gross violation of the humanitarian ceasefire regime, shelled the Azerbaijani cities and districts, Trend reports with reference to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense.The video footage: Aliyev congratulates Turkey on Republic Day in letter to Erdogan http://www.today.az/news/politics/199536.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:04:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has congratulated Turkey on the occasion of October 29 – Republic Day.In the letter addressed to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Aliyev said:“It is with great pleasure that we always follow the achievements of the Republic of Turkey and rejoice in its success as much as in our own. In recent years, your brotherly country has demonstrated a comprehensive political, economic, social, military, and technological development to become a power center that pursues an independent policy on a global scale. You personally have an incomparable role and invaluable services in all these achievements. Your brotherly people's big trust and confidence in you is the highest appreciation of the policy that you are pursuing to the benefit of your country.Stemming from the will and common national and spiritual values of our peoples, Azerbaijani-Turkish unity and strategic alliance have today reached the highest level through our joint efforts. These unique ties of friendship and brotherhood have become an important factor guiding political and economic processes which contribute to ensuring peace, security, and cooperation in the region.The firm and unambiguous position you put forward regarding the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, your unwavering support to our right cause is a clear example of our solidarity and is very valuable to our people. Azerbaijan, in turn, also stands by brotherly Turkey on all matters.I am confident that the unshakable Azerbaijani-Turkish unity and brotherhood, which is our greatest legacy for future generations, will continue to develop and expand under the "One nation, two states" motto.On this festive day, I share your joy and wish you the best of health, success in your endeavors, and the brotherly people of Turkey everlasting peace and prosperity.” Algerian analyst: Armenia hostile to entire Islamic world http://www.today.az/news/politics/199558.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:58:00 +0400 By TrendArmenia is hostile to the entire Islamic world, well-known Algerian analyst and researcher Abdullah Al-Rafi told Trend.Despite the fact that the Armenian authorities don’t openly declare this, all actions of Yerevan show that there is a strong hostile attitude in this country against the entire Islamic world, stressed the analyst.“We see the manifestation of Armenia's hostile attitude towards Islam and the entire Islamic world in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan. In almost all the occupied lands, evidence of the heritage of Islamic culture - mosques, mausoleums, and ancient cultural monuments - have been savagely destroyed,” said Al-Rafi.He noted that Armenia, supporting the Islamophobic statements of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, once again proved its hostility towards Islam.“Armenia acts on the principle "the enemy of my enemy is my friend, the friend of my friend is my friend". Yerevan understands perfectly well that even if not all Muslim countries express support for Azerbaijan, Muslims, in general, are on the side of Azerbaijan,” he said.According to the expert, Armenia perceives Muslim solidarity as a threat to Yerevan and considers itself a springboard for crusades in the region.“Currently, the Turkish president acts as the protector of all Muslims, which, of course, greatly irritates the Armenian authorities, which are hostile to the Turks and Muslims. Turkey's political support for Azerbaijan is quite understandable since it is one nation,” Al-Rafi said. Heavily injured in Armenia's attack on Azerbaijan's Barda, brought to Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/199563.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:55:00 +0400 By TrendThree civilians, wounded as a result of missile strike of the Armenian Armed Forces on Barda on October 29, were brought to Baku, Vidadi Isayev, head of the Barda Region Executive Power said, Trend reports."There are severely wounded people. Those who received moderate injuries were placed in nearby hospitals," he said.Isayev added that as a result of the missile attack on Barda, 21 civilians were killed and about 70 were injured."Barda is located quite far from the front zone - 70 km. The Armenian Armed Forces are targeting civilians, using prohibited weapons," he said. Emil Kadirov records virtual concert http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/199521.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:54:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani singer Emil Kadirov has recorded a virtual concert "Dedication to Azerbaijan".The shooting took place in Moscow in the Historical-Architectural Art and Tsaritsyno Landscape Museum-Reserve. During the concert, Emil Kadirov performed well-known works of outstanding Azerbaijani composers - Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Tofig Guliyev, Muslim Magomayev, Polad Bulbuloglu and others.The virtual concert is available on Tsaritsyno website and on social networks.Emil Kadirov is currently living in Russia. Kadirov is a graduate of the Rashid Behbudov Baku Music School in classical guitar and Belgorod College of Music. He is also a participant in master classes by Elena Obraztsova and Tamara Sinyavskaya, and a laureate of international competitions.In 2012, Emil was invited to perform at Romansiada Contest of Young Vocalists, where he became a finalist and afterwards was nominated as one of award holders.The singer successfully represented Azerbaijan at the New Wave 2018 International Competition for Young Pop Singers in Sochi.Emil’s concert repertoire includes numerous opera arias, Russian romances as well as popular Russian and foreign songs.Emil Kadirov recently founded a music school in Moscow.MUSIC WAY is a music school for talented kids and adults. The music school gathers music experts who are passionate about their work. MoD: To liberate occupied lands, Azerbaijani Army striking military targets, but without ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/199570.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:40:00 +0400 By TrendThe strikes inflicted by the Azerbaijani Army are forcing the units of the Armenian Armed Forces to retreat, Trend reports citing the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense.“The Armenian Armed Forces suffer significant losses, its military equipment is disabled. The military leadership of Armenia is forced to admit the mistakes made and come to terms with the difficult situation in which they fell,” said the ministry.“Liberating the occupied lands, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces seize a large amount of ammunition from the Armenian Armed Forces. The Armenian Armed Forces, grossly violating the norms of international humanitarian law, fire at civilians and civilian infrastructure. The Azerbaijani Army has only one task - to liberate Azerbaijani lands from occupation by striking military targets, but without harming civilians,” said the ministry. Baku slams Armenia's treacherous attacks on civilians outside of Karabakh conflict zone http://www.today.az/news/politics/199523.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov  said that Armenian armed forces treacherously attack innocent civilians, including children and women in the cities located far away from the conflict zone.Bayramov made the remarks during phone conversations with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs of Russia Igor Popov, U.S. Andrew Schofer and France Stephane Visconti on October 28 following the Armenian missile attack on Barda city that killed 21 civilians.The minister briefed the co-chairs on the latest gross violation of the humanitarian ceasefire by the Armenian armed forces.He stressed the deliberate targeting of the peaceful Azerbaijani population in Barda city on October 27-28.Bayramov also underlined serious casualties among the civilians as a result of yet another war crime committed by Armenia.It should be noted that on October 27, Armenia launched a missile attack at Barda region, as a result of which 5 civilians, including child, were killed and 13 civilians were injured. October 28, Armenian launched another missile attack at Barda region, as a result of which 21 civilians were killed and about 70 wounded.The minister called the co-chairs to condemn these inhuman acts against Azerbaijani civilians.In turn, OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs expressed their concern over the civilian casualties. In addition, co-chairs underlined the importance of de-escalation in the region and the peaceful settlement of the conflict.Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale operation in the front-line zone on September 27 at 6 am, shelling the positions of the Azerbaijani army from large-calibre weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibres. Armenia has been targeting Azerbaijan’s densely populated areas and infrastructure projects.Starting from September 27, Armenia launched a missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities and regions - Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi, Absheron, Tartar, Gabala, Kurdamir, Siyazan, Goranboy, Aghdam among others.Additionally, Armenia targeted Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Novorossiysk pipelines and Oghuz- Gabala-Baku water pipeline.Azerbaijan and Armenia are locked in a conflict over Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region, which along with seven adjacent regions was occupied by Armenian forces in a war in the early 1990s. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and around one million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.The OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the United States, Russia and France has been mediating the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict since the signing of the volatile cease-fire agreement in 1994. The Minsk Group’s efforts have resulted in no progress and to this date, Armenia has failed to abide by the UN Security Council resolutions (822, 853, 874 and 884) that demand the withdrawal of Armenian military forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Senior Iranian official: Karabakh conflict must be resolved within territorial integrity of ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/199520.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:26:00 +0400 By TrendThe Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of Iranian President Seyid Abbas Aragchi told Trend on Wednesday.According to him, Iran is confident that the conflict will be resolved within the internationally recognized state borders of Azerbaijan.Aragchi noted that Iran has developed a plan for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."According to Iran, this plan is based on reality. Naturally, in the coming days, in connection with this plan, discussions will be held in Russia, Armenia and Turkey.We hope that these discussions will be effective and sustainable peace will be ensured with the help of the countries of the region," he added. Targeting innocent civilians shows that Armenia prefers cruel, hideous methods of warfare - ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/199557.html Politics Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:25:00 +0400 By TrendOn Oct. 28, the armed forces of Armenia, using internationally prohibited Smerch cluster munitions, hit the Azerbaijani city of Barda causing scores of civilian causalities, Trend reports citing the Azerbaijani embassy in the US.“As a result of this treacherous missile attack, in the largest death toll from a single attack, 21 civilians were killed, including children. More than 70 were seriously injured. This comes a day after another missile attack on Barda killed four civilians, including a child, and wounded 13 others,” the statement said.Ambassador Elin Suleymanov said that Armenian leadership has flagrantly violated international humanitarian law again.“Its attacks on communities in Barda and Ganja constitute war crimes. The persistent targeting of innocent people and civilian infrastructure far away from the military operations shows that Armenia disregards both humanity and the mediation efforts of the international community. Armenia has no desire for a diplomatic solution. By attacking civilian residential areas during the formally declared humanitarian ceasefire and a day before the Geneva meeting of the Foreign Ministers under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, Armenia is undermining the negotiations and increasing tensions,” he said.“As reported, following intensive negotiations facilitated by the United States on October 24, Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to implement and abide by the humanitarian ceasefire agreed to in Moscow on October 10. Unfortunately, just minutes after the ceasefire took effect at midnight EST on October 26, Armenia’s armed forces subjected Azerbaijan military positions and civilian residential areas to intensive artillery fire along the entire frontline of the conflict. Particularly, civilians are being targeted in Dashkasan, Aghjabadi, Tartar, Aghdam districts,” the statement said.The ministry said this is the third time in two and a half weeks that the ceasefire regime is being grossly violated by Armenia.“The other two ceasefires were agreed to on October 10 and 17 with the Russian and French mediation respectively. In the case of the October 17 breach, Armenia launched unprecedented Scud ballistic missile attacks on the second largest city of Ganja within an hour of the agreed humanitarian ceasefire in Moscow. The attack resulted in 12 civilian deaths and dozens injured. Over the last few weeks, Ganja was hit 3 times, killing 26 people, including 6 children and 10 women. Since September 27, 91 civilians, including children, women, and the elderly were killed, nearly 400 civilians have been hospitalized with serious injuries. Targeting innocent civilians demonstrates that Armenia prefers cruel and hideous methods of warfare and has no intention to adhere to any ceasefire,” the statement said.---