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 Country registers 1,896 new COVID-19 cases, 764 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/211068.html Society Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:58:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 1,896 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on October 17.Some 764 patients have recovered and 19 patient has died in the reported period. So far, 502,207 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 478,403 patients have recovered, 6,765 people have died. Currently, 17,039 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 11,261 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 5,025,402 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far.So far, some 9,194,432 COVID-19 vaccines have been provided to Azerbaijani citizens. The first dose of the vaccine was given to 4,964,151 citizens, and the second one to 4,230,281 citizens. In addition, in the past 24 hours, some 25,462 citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Azerbaijani President, First Lady visit Fuzuli region http://www.today.az/news/politics/211067.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:05:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have visited Fuzuli region on October 17, Azertag has reported.The head of state laid the foundation stones for Fuzuli-Aghdam highway and a new “smart village” in Dovlatyarli village, Fuzuli district, destroyed during the occupation.President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed conditions created at Fuzuli International Airport. The head of state laid the foundation stone for Digital Substation Management Center owned by “Azerishig” OJSC in the city of Fuzuli . President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva then viewed conditions created in Fuzuli Central City Park, and planted trees here. The head of state laid the foundation stone for the first residential buildings.President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva met with members of the general public of the district.The head of state then laid the foundation stone for Fuzuli Memorial Complex and for the city of Fuzuli.An extensive report highlighting the visit will be presented on October 18. Ukrainian MPs visit Ganja where cilivians died as result of missile attacks by Armenia http://www.today.az/news/politics/211066.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:30:00 +0400 By TrendMembers of the Interparliamentary Friendship Group with Azerbaijan of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine visited Azerbaijan's Ganja,Trend reports.Members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine visited the territory where civilians were killed as a result of missile attacks on Ganja by Armenia.Ukrainian parliamentarians were informed in detail about the terrorist act committed by the Armenian side in Ganja. It was noted that during the 44-day Second Karabakh war, the armed forces of Armenia, disregarding the norms and principles of international law, the provisions of the Geneva Conventions and additional protocols to them, grossly violating the requirements of the ceasefire declared for humanitarian purposes, which was reached following the meeting in Moscow at the insistent request of the Armenian side, deliberately fired at the peaceful population of Azerbaijan using ballistic missiles and heavy artillery.The second largest city of Azerbaijan, Ganja, came under rocket and artillery fire on October 4, 5, 8, 11 and 17, 2020. As a result, 26 civilians were killed, including women and children, 175 people were injured. Enormous damage was caused to civilian infrastructure, historical and architectural monuments, as well as property of citizens, including housing and vehicles. Energy Community highlights leading energy projects implemented in Georgia http://www.today.az/news/regions/211065.html World news Sun, 17 Oct 2021 13:47:00 +0400 By TrendAt this stage, very important and complex processes are underway in the energy sector of Georgia, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Janez Kopac told Trend."It is known that the ultimate goal of the reforms is the liberalization of energy markets, where fair pricing and a transparent, level playing field will be available to market participants. Also, under a temporary public service obligation, household customers and small enterprises will be protected from market price fluctuations for a justified period of time," he said.According to Kopac, the adoption of the Law of Georgia on Energy and Water Supply in December 2019 set the stage for significant steps towards market liberalization."Despite the delay, the electricity transmission system operator and distribution system operators have undergone unbundling procedures and at this stage the licensed companies are operating smoothly in the sector," he noted. First concert of Azerbaijan's trio under leadership Isfar Sarabsky takes place as part of ... http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211064.html Arts & Entertainment Sun, 17 Oct 2021 13:30:00 +0400 By TrendThe first concert in the framework of the European tour of the jazz trio under the leadership of the world famous living legend of Azerbaijan Isfar Sarabsky took place.Azerbaijani Ambassador to Switzerland Fuad Iskanderov wrote about this on his Twitter page, Trend reports.“I was glad to see the high professionalism of the trio, the full hall of spectators and their ovation to the musicians. I look forward to meeting Isfar and his team in Bern in November, ”he wrote. Graduation ceremony of Azerbaijani servicemen participating in courses held in Turkey http://www.today.az/news/politics/211063.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 13:11:00 +0400 By TrendOn October 16, the Mountain Commando School and Training Center held a graduation ceremony for the Azerbaijani servicemen who graduated from Mountain Commando Courses in Isparta, Turkey, Trend reports citing Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.The ceremony was attented by the delegation from Azerbaijan and the representatives of the Azerbaijan embassy in Ankara.The speakers congratulated the graduates and wished them success in their future service.At the end of the ceremony, the graduates were awarded certificates for successful completion of the course. Work on increasing wages, pensions and benefits begins - Ministry of Finance of Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/211062.html Business Sun, 17 Oct 2021 12:53:00 +0400 By TrendWork on the preparation of relevant proposals by the Ministry of Finance of Azerbaijan to reflect the tasks arising from the order of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev "On additional measures in the field of protecting the social welfare of the population" of October 16, 2021 in the state budget of 2022 has begun, the Ministry of Finance said, Trend reports.It is noted that in this regard, the revenues and expenditures of the state budget for 2022 are considered, as well as issues related to the creation of financial support to increase wages, labor pensions and social benefits, scholarships and other social benefits.Preparation of proposals, which will be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers as soon as possible for submission to the draft budget has begun. Official talks reasons for increase in gas prices in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/211061.html Business Sun, 17 Oct 2021 12:35:00 +0400 By TrendReasons for increase in gas prices in Azerbaijan lie in the rise in prices in the international market, Director General of Azerigaz Production Association Ruslan Aliyev told Trend.He said that prices will remain the same until the end of October: "Until November 1, subscribers will pay 10 qapiks per cubic meter of gas up to 1,200 cubic meters, 20 qapiks for 1,200-2,500 cubic meters. From November 1, subscribers will pay 12 qapiks per cubic meter of gas volume up to 1,200 cubic meters. For those who use more than 1,200 cubic meters, prices will not change.In industry and agriculture, a cubic meter of gas will be raised from 20 to 25 qapiks. From November 1 Azeriatiliktechizat will pay 16.5 qapiks instead of 13 qapiks per cubic meter of gas".Ruslan Aliyev also explained the reasons for the rise in gas prices, stating that the reason was the increase in prices for gas and gas equipment on the international market."The reasons lie in the rise in prices in the international market. If earlier we bought gas in bulk at 110 manats ($64), now the price is 118 manats ($69).Also, prices for gas appliances and equipment have increased on the international market," Director General of Azerigaz added. World gas prices grow by 20-30 times compared to last year - SOCAR http://www.today.az/news/business/211060.html Business Sun, 17 Oct 2021 12:18:00 +0400 By TrendWorld gas prices have grown by 20-30 times compared to last year, Ibrahim Ahmadov, deputy head of the department for organizing events and public relations of the Azerbaijani state oil company (SOCAR), told Trend on Oct.16, commenting the recent decision of Azerbaijani Tariff Council to raise the domestic gas tariffs.According to Ahmadov, tariffs for gas sales in Azerbaijan are regulated by the state and determined based on the cost of gas."In previous years, the wholesale purchase and sale of gas was carried out by SOCAR. As it’s known, not only SOCAR, but also other companies produce gas in the country. Therefore SOCAR received natural gas from other companies to meet the needs of Azerbaijan. In particular, we received gas from of the Shah Deniz consortium," he said. "However, most of the countrywide purchases and sales of gas have been carried out by Azercontract for almost a year. This is also a state-owned company, but completely independent of SOCAR. The company buys gas from SOCAR and other gas producers at wholesale prices and sells it to gas distribution networks, Azerenergy and other companies.""One part of the price on gas purchased by Azercontract from various companies, including SOCAR, is regulated by the state, and another part may change depending on market conditions. That is, for example, a part of gas purchased from the Shah Deniz consortium depends on market prices, and as market prices rise, the cost of this gas rises," the representative of SOCAR explained.Ahmadov stressed that as a result, the costs of the buyer of gas, the state-owned company, are also increasing, and it is impossible to compensate for these costs without changing the tariffs for the sale of gas.'In this case, either the state should provide subsidies, which has certain consequences, creates an additional burden on the state budget and looks unsustainable in the long term, or prices should be increased, and this is the main reason for the rise in the tariffs. As to date, world gas prices have increased by 20-30 times compared to last year. Therefore, of course, the price of gas purchased by Azercontract from other companies has been slightly raised," he concluded.As earlier reported, at new meeting held on Oct.16, Azerbaijan’s Tariff (Price) Council decided to raise tariffs for consumption of up to 1,200 cubic meters of gas per year from 10 qapiks (5.9 cents) to 12 qapiks (7.1 cents). NATO Special Representative for Caucasus to visit Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/211059.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0400 By TrendNATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Javier Kolomina will visit Azerbaijan, Trend reports with reference Javier Kolomina's Twitter page.Kolomina noted that the visit will take place next week."Looking forward to my first trip to the Caucasus next week. I will be visiting Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia in my new capacity as NATO Special Rep for the Caucasus and Central Asia in order to identify ways to further enhance NATO’s engagement in the Caucasus," he wrote. Azerbaijan national team takes second place at Grand Slam judo tournament http://www.today.az/news/sports/211058.html Sports Sun, 17 Oct 2021 11:39:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani judokas won two medals on the first day of the Grand Slam tournament in Paris, Trend reports.With this result, Azerbaijan ranks second among the medalist countries, with Japan in the first place (4 gold, 1 silver medal), Israel in the third place (1 gold medal).The winner of the Grand Slam tournament was the Azerbaijani judoka Balabey Agayev (60 kg). Another Azerbaijani Khidayat Heydarov (73 kg) won bronze medal.Azerbaijan at the tournament, which will last until October 17, is represented by 9 judokas. 283 judokas from 46 countries take part in the competition. MFA shares publication in connection with anniversary of Armenia's missile attack on Ganja http://www.today.az/news/politics/211057.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 11:21:00 +0400 By AzernewsAzerbaijan Foreign Ministry has shared a publication related to the anniversary of the missile attack on Azerbaijan's Ganja city by Armenia, on its official Twitter page on October 17."Remembering the victims of the atrocious attack of Armenian forces on Ganja city of Azerbaijan with sorrow", the Twitt reads.On October 17, 2020, Armenian armed forces fired missiles at Ganja and Mingachevir. The death toll in Ganja reached 13, and 52 people were injured. As a result of the Armenian shelling of Ganja, 20 houses were completely destroyed.Starting from October 4, 2020, at 10:00 (GMT+4) Armenian armed units deliberately targeted the civilian population of Azerbaijan by subjecting the country's second-largest city- Ganja, which is not relevant to the region where the hostilities took place.  Ganja came under rocket fire on October 4, 5, 8, 11 and 17. As a result of this horrific terrorist attack, 26 people were killed and 175 were injured. Civilian infrastructure and vehicles suffered enormous damage.A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, 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.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions and urged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city. Post-conflict reconstruction projects launched by President Aliyev unprecedented http://www.today.az/news/politics/211054.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 11:02:00 +0400 By AzernewsAzerbaijani presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev has said that post-conflict reconstruction projects launched by the country's president are unprecedented."Post-conflict reconstruction/ projects in parallel to mine clearance launched by President Ilham Aliyev by virtue of Azerbaijan's own financial, administrative and management resources is unprecedented," Hajiyev wrote on his official Twitter page on October 16."We reached liberated Talish village via newly built 29 km paved road," the official added.Currently, the work is underway to restore Azerbaijan’s liberated territories. Azerbaijan will carry out the restoration and reconstruction work on its recently-liberated territories in four stages. The initial stage includes the solution of the issues of governance and security, infrastructure, while the subsequent stages include the solution of the issues of social services activities, reconstruction, and development of the economy.Azerbaijan allocated $1.5 billion 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.</p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">---</p> </body> </html> Azerbaijani IDEA signs agreement with All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation http://www.today.az/news/politics/211056.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 10:44:00 +0400 By TrendOn October 16, Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, founder and head of the IDEA public association Leyla Aliyeva met with the chairman of the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation and Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), legendary hockey player Vyacheslav Fetisov.Within the framework of the meeting, the Public Association IDEA and the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation signed an Agreement of Intent on cooperation in the field of environmental protection.the story will be updated Chronicle of 44-day Second Karabakh War: October 17, 2021 http://www.today.az/news/politics/211052.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 10:26:00 +0400 By AzernewsOn September 27, 2020, in response to a large-scale provocation of the Armenian armed forces along the frontline, the Azerbaijani army launched a counter-offensive operation, later called the "Iron Fist".The 44-day war put an end to nearly 30 years of occupation, ensured the liberation of Azerbaijan's lands and the restoration of the country's territorial integrity.Chronicle of 44-day Second Karabakh War: October 17, 2021- President Aliyev addressed the nation and announced the liberation of Fuzuli city and several villages in the Fuzuli region.- First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva shared a post on her official Instagram account about the terror attack committed by Armenia on Ganja city. "Ganja is the heart of Azerbaijan. And, nobody will ever subdue staunch spirit of its residents!" she wrote in her other post.- Armenian armed forces fired missiles at Ganja and Mingachevir. The death toll in Ganja reached 13, and 52 people were injured. As a result of the Armenian shelling of Ganja, 20 houses were completely destroyed.- Azerbaijani troops have managed to advance in different directions of the front. A colonel, chief of the Armenian armed forces’ engineering fortifications was liquidated.- A large number of Armenian manpower was liquidated, military equipment and Su-25 aircraft belonging to Armenian armed forces were destroyed. A split began in the ranks of the Armenian armed forces, as the "volunteers" left their positions arbitrarily.- President awarded Hikmat Mirzayev the highest military rank of lieutenant general.- Another armored vehicle, "Tor-M2KM" anti-aircraft missile systems, BM-21 "Grad" missile launcher, and "S-125" anti-aircraft missile system belonging to the Armenian armed forces were destroyed.A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, 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.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions and urged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city. Baku denies Armenian reports on alleged Azerbaijani truce violation http://www.today.az/news/politics/211055.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 10:07:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaBaku has dismissed as inaccurate Armenian reports alleging truce violation by Azerbaijani servicemen near Arazdayan settlement. The information disseminated by Armenia about the alleged firing by Azerbaijan army units in the direction of Arazdayan settlement does not reflect the truth and is another lie of the opposing side, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on October 16.Earlier, the ministry dismissed as fake another Armenian report alleging that Azerbaijani army units opened fire in the direction of Arazdayan settlement."The unfounded information spread by the Armenian side about the alleged firing by Azerbaijani Army units in the direction of the Arazdayan settlement is untrue and absolutely fake," the Defence Ministry reported on October 15.The ministry stressed that by spreading fake information of this kind, "Armenia is trying to prepare the ground for next provocations"."We officially declare that the units of the Azerbaijani army will resolutely suppress any provocations," the ministry said. Earlier on October 15, the Azerbaijani army thwarted an Armenian terrorist and sabotage act in Karabakh temporarily controlled by Russian peacekeepers.On the morning of October 15, members of an illegal Armenian armed group used an ambulance in an attempt to commit a terrorist attack against the Azerbaijani army units in the direction of Aghdara. The attempt was suppressed and the gunmen in the car were forced to retreat.The Defence Ministry described as unacceptable the use of a civilian ambulance for military purposes, a method that is specific to terrorists, saying that it is a gross violation of international humanitarian law.The ministry stressed that any terrorist and subversive activities will be prevented immediately and decisively.Several provocations have been observed over the past days by the Armenian groups illegally located in Karabakh under the Russian peacekeepers' temporary control.Azerbaijani army soldier Afgan Hamzayev was martyred as a result of sniper fire opened by illegal Armenian armed groups at about 1815 on October 14.On October 14, Azerbaijan downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of illegal Armenian armed detachments on its territory under the Russian peacekeepers' control. The UAV tried to carry out reconnaissance flights over the positions of the Azerbaijan army in the direction of liberated Fuzuli region.At about 1400 on October 13, an Azerbaijani civilian convoy moving from Tartar region's Sugovushan settlement to Kalbajar to build civil infrastructure there was fired on by illegal Armenian armed groups located in the area controlled by the Russian peacekeepers.As a result of the incident, the front, rear, wheel and movement mechanisms of the car, which belonged to the Azerbaijani army's military police moving in front of the convoy were damaged. No casualties were reported among the Azerbaijani personnel.The Defence Ministry described as unacceptable the fact that a civilian convoy, which carried materials for the reconstruction in the liberated lands and escorted by Russian peacekeepers, was fired on by illegal Armenian armed groups.The ministry appealed to the Russian peacekeeping command temporarily stationed in a certain part of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh Economic Region and the Russian-Turkish Joint Monitoring Center to investigate the incident.About 2,000 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed for five years in Karabakh under the trilateral cease-fire deal signed by Baku, Moscow and Yerevan on 10 November 2020. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it had occupied since the early 1990s.The deal also stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the peace deal, Azerbaijan liberated 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city that had been under Armenian occupation for about 30 years.On August 11, 2021, Azerbaijan urged the Russian peacekeepers to end the illegal deployment of Armenian troops on Azerbaijan’s territories under their temporary control.Later on August 14, President Ilham Aliyev reiterated that Azerbaijan had identified that Armenian troops were being sent to Karabakh via the Lachin corridor that is controlled by the Russian peacekeepers and stressed that this contradicted the 10 November deal. Chronicles of Victory: President Ilham Aliyev addresses the nation on October 17, 2020 http://www.today.az/news/politics/211053.html Politics Sun, 17 Oct 2021 09:49:00 +0400 By TrendPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has addressed the nation on October 17, 2020.Trend presents the address.Nationwide address of President Ilham Aliyev- Dear fellow compatriots!Today, the fascist leadership of Armenia committed yet another war crime. The cities of Ganja and Mingachevir came under rocket fire. As a result of this cowardly shelling, our compatriots have been killed and wounded. May Allah rest all our martyrs in peace and send healing to our wounded compatriots!This once again shows the fascist nature of the Armenian leadership. This is not the first time our cities have come under fire. Armenia fires on Tartar, Aghdam, Goranboy, Aghjabadi and other cities practically every day. As a result of this fire, our citizens have been killed and wounded, more than 2,000 houses have been destroyed or seriously damaged. However, these cowardly actions cannot break the will of the Azerbaijani people.Armenian leadership is committing a war crime. Shooting at civilians, including firing missiles, is a war crime, and they must and will bear responsibility for this crime. We are giving their answer on the battlefield. We are avenging and will continue to avenge the deaths of our martyrs, of innocent civilians on the battlefield. We have never fought or will ever wage a war against the civilian population. We are not Armenians. We have our own way, we have our own cause, and all the Azerbaijani people are united around this cause. All the Azerbaijani people are showing solidarity and patriotism.The victorious Azerbaijani Army is driving and will continue to drive the enemies away from our lands in the ongoing battles. I said that if they do not leave our lands of their own free will, we will chase them away like dogs and we are doing that. Every day, the victorious Azerbaijani Army liberates new strategic locations, new heights and new settlements from the occupiers. Our revenge takes place on the battlefield.These days, from 27 September to the present, a crushing blow has been dealt to Armenia's military potential. I just want to bring some figures to the attention of our citizens. I must say that the list I will provide is incomplete. An even larger amount of enemy equipment has been destroyed and, of course, it is impossible to calculate it accurately during the battle. However, the figures I will quote show explicitly that we have gained a complete advantage on the battlefield and have almost completely destroyed the military-technical potential of Armenia. The question is where do so many weapons and so much equipment come from to Armenia? Armenia's military budget is well known. Armenia's state budget is also well known. Armenia is a bankrupt country. The country's foreign debt accounts for 60-70 percent of the country's gross domestic product. The country's foreign exchange reserves are only $1.5 billion, which are bank reserves. That is, it is not free funds. What money are they getting these weapons and equipment with? The equipment we have destroyed and taken as booty so far is worth at least $2 billion. But there is still more in their hands – in the occupied territories and in the territory of Armenia. The question is who is arming them. In some cases, we are criticized that we are arming ourselves, we are buying weapons and this can allegedly aggravate the situation and turn it towards an unacceptable direction. The question is what about Armenia’s armament. Where do so many weapons and hardware come from to this poor country? Today, they are smuggling weapons and equipment using some smuggling schemes. And they are very dangerous and very destructive weapons. Therefore, we want answers to these questions, and I am sure we will get them.I would like to bring to the attention of my people some of the Armenian equipment the Azerbaijani Army has destroyed in recent days. Thus, the list of the destroyed Armenian equipment includes: 234 tanks have been destroyed, 36 tanks have been taken as military booty, 49 infantry fighting vehicles have been destroyed, 24 have been taken as military booty, 16 self-propelled artillery pieces have been destroyed, 190 cannons of various calibers, two "Hurricane" systems, one TOS flame-thrower, two "Elbrus" operational tactical missile complexes, one "Tochka-U", 35 "OSA" anti-aircraft missile systems, three "TOR" anti-aircraft missile complexes, five "KUB" and "KRUG" anti-aircraft missile complexes, nine radio-electronic combat systems, two S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, 196 trucks have been destroyed, and 98 have been taken as booty. Anyone, any specialist can calculate the price of this equipment from open media. We must and we will find answers to these questions.The glorious Azerbaijani Army is successfully continuing its salvation mission. In recent days, I have informed my people and announced the names of the newly liberated villages. Today, with a feeling of great satisfaction and joy, I want to convey to my dear people the names of more settlements that have been liberated. The following settlements of Fuzuli district have been liberated from the occupiers – Gochahmadli village, Chiman village, Juvarli village, Pirahmadli village, Musabayli village, Ishigli village, Dadali village and Fizuli city. The city of Fizuli has been liberated from the occupiers, Fuzuli is ours, Karabakh is Azerbaijan!I heartily congratulate all the people of Azerbaijan on this occasion. I heartily congratulate the people of Fuzuli on this occasion. Many years of longing for native land are coming to an end. We are honorably fulfilling our mission, restoring and will restore the territorial integrity of our country. The battles for Fuzuli were very hard. Time will pass and books and papers will be written about these battles. It was a battle that required great professionalism, skill, courage and self-sacrifice. Because during these 30 years, the enemy has built such a strong fortification on the line of contact that some people thought that it was impossible to liberate the city of Fuzuli from occupation. Even the most well-known military experts were of the opinion that it would take months to capture Fuzuli and free it from occupation and whether the operation would be successful was still in question. However, the victorious Azerbaijani Army was able to cope with this glorious mission and most of the villages of Fuzuli district and the city of Fuzuli have been liberated from the enemy in a short time. When we talk about the city of Fuzuli, of course, we should all know that there is nothing left of the city, no monuments, not a single safe building. For 30 years, it was in the hands of wild beasts, in the hands of predators, in the hands of jackals. All the buildings have been demolished, our religious sites have been demolished, everything has been looted, the roofs of the houses, the windows, the belongings – everything. It was as if a wild tribe had taken over the city. The remains of the city of Fuzuli are a manifestation of Armenian fascism and a witness to Armenian fascism.We will return to Fuzuli, we will rebuild and landscape all the villages. Life will return to those villages. Just like in the past when the Azerbaijani Army liberated 22 villages of Fuzuli district, including Horadiz settlement, under the leadership of the great leader. Look at how beautiful this place is now. Horadiz settlement has become a very prosperous and modern town. Fuzuli people live in liberated villages. I can say that about half of the population of Fuzuli has been settled in the villages liberated so far, but more villages inhabited by Fuzuli people have been liberated today. Life will return there, they will return there, they will live there, they will visit the graves of their ancestors. The call to prayer will be heard in the mosques to be restored there. We are fulfilling our glorious mission. I am confident that the glorious Azerbaijani Army will continue to drive the invaders away from our lands.The Fuzuli operation is quite symbolic. Azerbaijan has regained its historical and ancient settlement and ensured the return of tens of thousands of people to these places. At the same time, from a strategic point of view, the splitting of several lines of defense on the line of contact with Fuzuli gives us another strategic advantage. Because our armed forces located in the direction of Fuzuli have been fighting there these days. Of course, it is not a secret now where we were able to enter Fuzuli from. As a result of tremendous military professionalism and courage, we were able to liberate Fuzuli from the occupiers. Before that, the city of Jabrayil was liberated from the invaders. Before that, Hadrut was liberated from the occupiers. Many villages of Khojavand and Jabrayil districts, including Fuzuli district, were liberated from occupation. Only after that were we able to liberate the city of Fuzuli from the occupiers.In the latest stage, the enemy has dropped his guns and fled. Today, I can say with full responsibility that the Fuzuli operation will be included in military books. In fact, not only Fuzuli operation but also other operations. According to the information I have today, military experts are already clearly saying that the Azerbaijani Army is an army with great combat capability and technical support.It is a historic day today. The date of 17 October will remain forever not only in the memory of Fuzuli people but also in the history of the Azerbaijani state. Today, we, all the people of Azerbaijan, are writing the brightest page of our people and our state together. Today, we are writing this glorious history of solidarity, mutual support and unity. We are lucky to live in these moments. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of our refugees and IDPs who were looking forward to these moments did not live to see these days. But I am sure that their spirit is happy today because their native lands have been liberated from the occupiers.Despite the fact that the cowardly, treacherous and vile enemy commits war crimes, fires on the civilian population and kills children as a result of today’s shooting, I want to say again that we must not take revenge on civilians. We are taking revenge on the battlefield. The blood of our martyrs and civilians does not and will not remain unavenged. I warn the fascist leadership of Armenia again – leave the remaining lands of your own accord. We will throw you out of there anyway. There will be no trace of them left on those lands. We will drive them out of our lands to the end. Let them leave of their own accord!He did not want to give up Fuzuli even though he understood perfectly well that he would not be able to keep it. He did not want to give up Jabrayil. Yesterday, the day before yesterday and today, successful operations were carried out in the direction of Jabrayil and strategic heights were taken. I do not want to say anything about that yet. I do not want to get ahead of the events. But the victorious Azerbaijani Army is achieving and will continue to achieve its goals, our territorial integrity is being restored and will be fully restored. No force can stop us. No force can stand against the will of the Azerbaijani people. Everyone should know this. No-one can stand in front of us. Let the predatory Armenian state vacate our lands. After that, a ceasefire will be ensured. A ceasefire was declared, but Ganja was bombed a day later. And which part of it? A residential settlement. Where did they hit today? Again, a residential area. When did they shoot? At night, so that more people die.This is a crime against humanity. If the international community does not want to bring Armenia to justice for the crimes it has committed – just as no-one has brought them to justice for the Khojaly genocide – we will bring them to justice ourselves. We will punish them, and our punishment will be just. They deserve the most severe punishment. The military-political leadership of Armenia are criminals and we will punish these criminals.The prime minister of Armenia who said that "Karabakh is Armenia", what happened, why aren’t you saying that "Karabakh is Armenia" now? Come to Fuzuli, where you were exploiting our land. Come to Jabrayil, come to Hadrut, come to other liberated places and say that "Karabakh is Armenia". You are sitting there in Yerevan, making statements from there, annoying world leaders – there is no-one left you didn’t phone.Why aren’t you saying that "Karabakh is Armenia"? You are afraid and you should be. But why were you so brave when you insulted the Azerbaijani people by saying that "Karabakh is Armenia, full stop"? Who did you rely on? Didn’t you know that one day you will be held accountable for your actions? The day has come and is coming. Bringing Armenians from Lebanon and other countries to Shusha is a war crime that contradicts the Geneva Convention. They do it demonstratively, they show it on TV, they show Armenians coming to live and work in our ancient land. Let's see now who will come to settle in Shusha. You were building a new road with Armenia from Jabrayil. Why? You have illegally occupied that region, our Araz region, in order to settle Armenians there? You wanted to make us face facts? What was the purpose of bringing Armenians from abroad and settling them there in various ways, including through deception because Armenia has a small population? The goal is to keep our historical lands under eternal occupation, to ensure eternal occupation and Armenianize our lands. Look, they gave Fuzuli an ugly name. Let this name be a curse to you. This name will go to hell. This name no longer exists. There is no Madagiz – it is Sugovushan. We will restore our other historical names. You wanted to move the parliament of your "entity" to Shusha. Go ahead and do it now! Where is the place where you conducted the "swearing-in ceremony" of the leader of that fake gang? We have destroyed it, completely destroyed it. You put forward seven conditions to us. You were speaking to us in the language of ultimatums. Let's see what your conditions are now. What happened? You cling to people, fall at their feet begging for help in stopping Azerbaijan. Tell Azerbaijan to stop. Get out of our land and we will stop! Get the hell out of our lands! I have said this before and do not hide anything. The people of Azerbaijan know this and the international community is saying this too. I say this every day – get out and say that you will leave here tomorrow, and we will stop. We do not need to shed blood. We need lands. We will get this land by any means. Let everyone know this. The history of the last days shows this.It is proving too costly for you, for the Armenian leadership, to insult the Azerbaijani people. Too costly. The Armenian people must finally bring the leaders of this criminal regime to justice. Rallies are already being organized in military conscription offices in Armenia. Mothers are blocking the roads and preventing their children from dying in another country. I also appealed to the Armenian people, and I am appealing to them again: Do not let your children go! What are they doing in our lands? Live in your own country. We have nothing to do with you. Go and live in your own country, do whatever you want but leave our lands. I am confident that the Armenian people will also bring the leaders of their criminal junta to justice. We are on the path of truth, we are on the path of justice. We are right, we are fighting in our own land, we are giving martyrs on our own land. Ours is a holy war!We have shown our strength on the battlefield, both to the enemy and to the whole world. The strength we are showing on the battlefield is underpinned by the will of the Azerbaijani people, the talent of the Azerbaijani people and our success.I want to say again that we are a lucky people. Our generation is happy to be witnessing these happy days. I consider myself a lucky person to convey this good news to my people. As the Commander-in-Chief, I lead all the work and want to assure the people of Azerbaijan that I will continue to do my best to protect the national interests of our country and our people. No threat and no pressure can affect my will. Ours is the cause of truth. We are fighting on our own land and restoring our territorial integrity.Long live the Azerbaijani Army! Long live the people of Azerbaijan! 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Azerbaijan confirms 1,681 more COVID-19 cases, 675 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/politics/211051.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 18:15:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 1,681 new COVID-19 cases, 675 patients have recovered, and 12 patients have died, Trendreports citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 500,311 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 477,639 of them have recovered, and 6,746 people have died. Currently, 15,926 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 13,168 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 5,014,141 tests have been conducted so far. Palistinian envoy: Muslims all together sympathetic with Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/211047.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendMuslims are all together sympathetic with Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to the statement of Nasser Abdul Kareem, Palestinian Ambassador to Azerbaijan.“As a human being first and a Muslim and a citizen of Palestine, I’m happy that this post-war time would be a new beginning for peace in this region. I think the reconstruction work done in the region is very impressive. I hope this would be an opening of a new era, continuous prosperity of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani people, and the whole region,” he said.On October 16, a visit of representatives of the diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan and local media to Sugovushan, liberated from Armenian occupation, was organized. Azerbaijani official talks victims of Armenian attacks on Tartar during Second Karabakh War http://www.today.az/news/politics/211046.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:37:00 +0400 By TrendThe result of the Armenian side’s attacks on Azerbaijan’s Tartar during the 2020 Second Karabakh War was the killing of 16 civilians, including a woman and a child, Mustagim Mammadov, head of Tartar district’s executive power, said during a trip of representatives of the diplomatic corps to the liberated settlements of Sugovushan and Talish, Trend reports.According to Mammadov, as a result of the attacks 7,050 buildings, including residential houses, were damaged."The houses that were destroyed or damaged during the war are being reconstructed or repaired, and repair of the remaining 136 houses will be closed in the shortest possible time," he added.On October 16, a visit of representatives of the diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan and local media to the liberated territories of Tartar district was organized.During the visit being led by the Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev, are getting acquainted with Sugovushan and Talish settlements.This is the seventh trip of the representatives of the diplomatic corps after November 10, 2020, to the liberated territories.Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Karabakh conflict were introduced on Nov. 10, 2020.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 Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Minister: Centuries needed to revive nature of Azerbaijan's Karabakh http://www.today.az/news/politics/211045.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:26:00 +0400 By TrendAn area of 100,000 hectares in forests on Azerbaijani lands, previously liberated from Armenian occupation, were burned by Armenians during the occupation period, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Firdovsi Aliyev told reporters, Trend reports.“Azerbaijan is a member of about 20 international commissions. However, unfortunately, for 30 years, its appeals about the environmental situation in Karabakh remained unanswered,” Aliyev said.“The fires destroyed the flora and fauna in these areas. It will take centuries to restore nature in Karabakh. The Ministry, within the framework of its powers, carries out work to restore and improve the environment,” Aliyev said.The deputy minister noted that the preliminary results of environmental monitoring in the liberated territories were sent to the General Prosecutor's Office of Azerbaijan.“Based on these materials, a criminal case will be initiated. And those who committed these acts will have to appear before the court at the international level,” Aliyev said. Kyrgyz envoy: Restoration in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories show positive trend http://www.today.az/news/politics/211043.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 16:45:00 +0400 By TrendRestoration work in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan shows a positive trend, the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Azerbaijan Kairat Osmonaliev told Trend during a trip with representatives of the diplomatic corps to the liberated from occupation Sugovushan settlement and Talish village."Almost a year has passed since one of the bloodiest conflicts in the history of the CIS ended, and we came here to see with our own eyes the destruction that was caused and the changes taking place. The ruins that we see here are proof of barbarism not only towards the population but also to nature. Infrastructure is gradually being restored here. Roads have been laid; infrastructure is gradually being restored, including a power line, a water supply system, reservoirs. There are very wonderful, beautiful places, a good climate. I think there will be a good resort here in the near future. Recovery work here has a very positive trend. I hope to return here as a tourist after a certain time," Osmonaliev said.The ambassador noted that the world community shares the position of Azerbaijan since the country liberated its occupied territories and restored historical justice."Azerbaijan demonstrates an extremely consistent, peace-loving policy and is ready for dialogue in order to sign a peace agreement, resolve the issue of delimitation and demarcation of borders. Irreversible changes have already taken place, and it is necessary to interact constructively. The solution of these issues will have a positive impact on the development of not only the South Caucasus but also of a wider region," Osmonaliev said. Presidential aide: Over past 25-30 years, no country independently conducted such large-scale ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211042.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 16:23:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 25-30 years, no other country in the world has independently conducted such a large-scale post-conflict reconstruction, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev said during the visit of representatives of the diplomatic corps to the liberated settlements of Sugovushan and Talish, Trend reports.According to Hajiyev, Azerbaijan has shown the whole world a unique example of post-conflict reconstruction and restoration."The countries of the world over the past 25-30 years have not independently carried out such a large-scale reconstruction in the post-conflict period. Although in similar cases in other regions, the restoration was carried out mainly with the direct participation of international organizations, in the case of Azerbaijan, these projects are being implemented at the expense of internal resources and in a short time.Representatives of the diplomatic corps also see that the situation in Talish village, which we are visiting now, is not much different from the situation in other previously occupied territories. Over the course of 30 years of occupation, everything here was completely destroyed, a policy of destruction and plundering of property belonging to the citizens of Azerbaijan was pursued. Azerbaijan intends and is fully determined to restore these territories in a short time and return our former internally displaced persons to their native lands," Hajiyev said.On October 16, a visit of representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Azerbaijan and local media to the liberated territories of the Tartar region was organized. During the visit, under the leadership of the Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan - Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Administration of the Head of State Hikmet Hajiyev, the diplomats get acquainted with Sugovushan and Talish villages. President signs decree to raise social payments http://www.today.az/news/politics/211049.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 16:02:00 +0400 By Vafa IsmayilovaAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed on October 16 a decree on additional measures in the field of protection of social welfare of the population, Azertag has reported.Under the document, the Cabinet of Ministers was instructed to prepare and submit to the president the proposals for reflecting increase of social benefits, wages and salaries in the draft state budget for 2022.The decree was adopted to mitigate the negative effects of the processes in international markets on domestic prices and to strengthen the social protection of the population, especially the most vulnerable groups.The presidential decree can also be considered as an important step to compensate the hike in gas and electricuty prices and a factor demonstrating that a citizen and his well-being are at the center of state policy.Citizen well-being at center of state policyImproving the welfare of the country's population is one of the important priorities of socio-economic policy. In recent years, significant progress has been made in this direction, consistent steps have been taken to strengthen the social protection of the population, increase social payments and salaries. For this purpose, two social reform envelopes were adopted and implemented in 2019, increasing the amount of benefits and pensions by an average of 92 per cent, the minimum pension by 72 per cent, the minimum wage by 92 per cent, and the salaries of state-funded organizations by an average of 50 per cent, the text of the decree said.As a result of the measures taken, compared to the beginning of 2018, the average monthly nominal salary increased by 39 percent, the average amount of pensions by 60 percent, the average amount of social benefits by 2 times, and the average amount of pensions by the Azerbaijani president by by 2.2 times, the document noted.The document stressed that in 2021, Azerbaijan confidently returned to the path of economic recovery, leaving behind the shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the development of pandemic vaccines worldwide, the implementation of comprehensive and effective socio-economic measures by the state to protect the Azerbaijani people from this disease in the country, especially a large-scale vaccination campaign, as well as financial and social support for socially vulnerable groups in 2020. It was also possible due to the provision of tax and bank-credit benefits to entrepreneurs and organizations operating in the economic spheres affected by the pandemic.At the same time, it should be noted that the recovery trends in the world economy are strengthening. However, the recovery of global economic activity and the fact that the pace of growth in aggregate demand significantly exceeded the rate of return of suspended production, transport, logistics and supply capacity to economic turnover, created new challenges, causing significant rise in prices for many commodities in international markets.This situation leads to an increase in the prices of imported goods, including a number of food products, and, as a result, has a negative impact on the welfare of the most socially vulnerable groups.Tariff Council decisionEarlier on October 16, Azerbaijan’s Tariff (Price) Council amended its decision "On regulation of domestic electricity tariffs", raising electricity and gas prices.Under the amendments, the existing differentiation of tariffs for the population was changed (up to 300 and more than 300 kWh).Tariffs for the population are set at eight qapiks per 1 kWh for consumption up to 200 kWh, nine qapiks / kWh for consumption from 200 kWh to 300 kWh (including 300 kWh), and 13 qapiks / kWh for consumption over 300 kWh.In addition, tariffs for consumption of up to 1,200 cubic meters of gas per year have been increased from 10 to 12 qapiks.The monthly gas consumption in the consumer basket per capita is set at 21 cubic meters. Considering that the average family consists of four people, this means consumption of about 1,000 cubic meters of gas per year. The direct impact of the new tariffs on the monthly consumer basket of a family of four when paying for consumed gas will amount to 1.72 manats ($1.01). Presidential aide: Armenia must take serious and positive steps to open communications [EXCLUSIVE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211041.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:48:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan is ready for the process of delimitation and demarcation of borders, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev told Trend.According to Hajiyev, President Ilham Aliyev clearly outlined Azerbaijan's position on this issue during the meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State."Azerbaijan is ready to sign a peace agreement with Armenia and begin the process of delimitation. In the process related to the peace agreement, Armenia and Azerbaijan, first of all, must recognize the territorial integrity and sovereignty of each other," he said.Speaking about the opening of communications [envisioned in the trilateral statement signed on Nov.10, 2020 between Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders following the Second Karabakh War], the official stressed that discussions are being held in this regard at the level of the prime ministers of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia.“Meetings [about the opening of communications] have taken place, but Armenia must take serious and positive steps,” added Hajiyev.On October 16, a visit of representatives of the diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan and local media to the liberated territories of Tartar district was organized.During the visit being led by the Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev, the diplomats are getting acquainted with Tartar district's Sugovushan and Talish villages [liberated from Armenian occupation in the Second Karabakh War].This is the seventh trip of representatives of the diplomatic corps to the liberated territories since November 10, 2020. Azerbaijan looks to sign document on demining liberated territories with France http://www.today.az/news/politics/211040.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:37:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan plans to sign a document with France in connection with demining of its territories liberated from Armenian occupation [in the 2020 Second Karabakh War], Trend reports on Oct.16 citing the Azerbaijani Mine Action Agency.The agency’s head Vugar Suleymanov met with a delegation of the French National Commission for the Elimination of Antipersonnel Mines (CNEMA) with the participation of the French Ambassador Zacharie Gross in Baku.At the meeting, information was provided on the demining operations carried out by the agency in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan.The main purpose of the visit of the French delegation is a possible contribution to the humanitarian demining activities carried out in Azerbaijan, studying the needs of mine victims and discussing the necessary support in this area. In the near future, it’s planned to sign a document on the relevant bilateral cooperation.Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Karabakh conflict were introduced on Nov. 10, 2020.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 Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.Following the liberation of its lands, Azerbaijan from Nov. 2020 started carrying out operations on clearing its lands from mines, booby traps, and various weapons left behind by the Armenian troops. Azerbaijan raises electricity, gas prices http://www.today.az/news/politics/211044.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:23:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan’s Tariff (Price) Council has amended its decision "On regulation of domestic electricity tariffs" at its new meeting held on Oct.16, Trend reports referring to the council.In accordance with the amendments, the existing differentiation of tariffs for the population was changed (up to 300 and more than 300 kWh).Tariffs for the population are set at eight qapiks per 1 kWh for consumption up to 200 kWh, nine qapiks / kWh for consumption from 200 kWh to 300 kWh (including 300 kWh), and 13 qapiks / kWh for consumption over 300 kWh.In addition, tariffs for consumption of up to 1,200 cubic meters of gas per year have been increased from 10 to 12 qapiks.The monthly gas consumption in the consumer basket per capita is set at 21 cubic meters. Considering that the average family consists of four people, this means consumption of about 1,000 cubic meters of gas per year. The direct impact of the new tariffs on the monthly consumer basket of a family of four when paying for consumed gas will amount to 1.72 manats ($1.01). Azerbaijan's Air Defense Units carrying out combat firing exercises http://www.today.az/news/politics/211038.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:18:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan’s Air Defense Units are carrying out combat firing exercises at the combined-arms training range within the combat training plan for 2021 approved by the Defense Ministry’s head [Zakir Hasanov], Trend reports on Oct.16 referring to the press service of the ministry.According to the ministry, the main objective of the combat firing is to improve the military personnel’s skills in the management of anti-aircraft missile systems and increase their combat capability.During the firing, combat crews will also fulfill the standards for deploying the "Osa" anti-aircraft missile system at the starting position and preparing for combat usage.The anti-aircraft missile systems combat crews professionally accomplish tasks of detecting and destroying targets of an imaginary enemy. Turkish envoy: Azerbaijan's Karabakh to be famous for its "smart cities" and ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211037.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:00:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan's Karabakh to be soon also famous for its "smart cities" and agricultural products, Turkish Ambassador Cahit Bagci said during a trip with representatives of the diplomatic corps to Sugovushan and Talish villages liberated from Armenian occupation [in the 2020 Second Karabakh War], Trend reports.According to Bagci, he previously visited Azerbaijan’s liberated Fuzuli, Aghdam and Shusha cities."Every corner of Karabakh is beautiful and extremely important. After my appointment as ambassador, I said that Karabakh is the heart of Azerbaijan," the ambassador noted."In the near future, Karabakh will also be famous for its smart cities and agricultural products. Mulberry trees grow in the region. The silk of the highest quality in the world will be produced here," he added.On October 16, a visit of representatives of the diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan and local media to the liberated territories of Tartar district was organized.During the visit being led by the Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev, it’s planned to get acquainted with the villages of Sugovushan and Talish. Representatives of diplomatic corps view restoration work in liberated territories http://www.today.az/news/politics/211036.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 14:49:00 +0400 By TrendDuring the first trips to the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, we saw the destruction inflicted on them by Armenia during the almost 30-year occupation. Now we view the restoration work carried out by Azerbaijan within a short time, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev said during the visit of representatives of the diplomatic corps to the liberated settlements of Sugovushan and Talish, Trend reports.The Aide to the President noted that this is the seventh trip after November 10, 2020 [trilateral statement signed between Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders following the second Karabakh war] to the liberated territories together with representatives of the diplomatic corps."We drove along the new road in the direction of the Talish village and saw that reconstruction work in accordance with the instructions of President Ilham Aliyev continues at an accelerated pace," Hajiyev said. Fuzuli Airport granted international status, assigned IATA code http://www.today.az/news/politics/211035.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 14:31:00 +0400 By Vafa IsmayilovaThe Fuzuli Airport has been granted international status under a relevant order signed by Azerbaijani Prime Minister Ali Asadov.Thus, the Fuzuli Airport is open for international flights. This will foster the development of the tourism potential of Karabakh.The decision to grant international status was taken following the completion of all construction and installation work in the air harbor of Fuzuli.In addition, the airport was assigned a three-letter code by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) consisting of letters of the Latin alphabet - FZL. This code is associated with the name of the city where the airport is located - Fuzuli.IATA airport codes are of great importance for passenger transportation. They are used by airlines, ticket agencies, international booking systems, etc.Earlier, the Fuzuli Airport was assigned the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) code - UBBF.The Fuzuli airport is constructed in accordance with the highest international standards. It can accommodate any type of aircraft. The first test flight to Fuzuli was performed on September 5, when the largest passenger aircraft of AZAL, Airbus A340-500, landed at the airport.A runway with the length of 3000 meters and the width of 60 meters is put into operation at the Fuzuli International Airport. It is fully equipped with instrumental landing and navigation systems, lighting ?ontrol, primary and secondary radar systems to ensure flight safety in accordance with all ICAO requirements.The apron area is 60 thousand square meters; it is designed for the parking of 8 aircraft.The construction of an Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower equipped with automated ATC systems is completed. This will enable the launch flights to the Fuzuli airport in accordance with ICAO and IATA standards.Also, on the instruction of the Head of State, international airports in Lachin and Zangilan regions also continue to be built.In addition to the airport in Fuzuli, six more international airports have been built and operate in Azerbaijan today – in Baku (GYD), Ganja (GNJ), Nakhchivan (NAJ), Gabala (GBB), Lankaran (LLK) and Zagatala (ZTU). In addition to the mentioned airports, the airport in Yevlakh and the base of the helicopter airline ASG Helicopter Services (ZXT) in the Absheron village of Zabrat provide aviation services in Azerbaijan.On September 5, the Karabakh aircarft of Azerbaijan's major airline AZAL (Azerbaijan Airlines) landed at the newly-built Fuzuli International Airport, which will be comissioned soon. President Ilham Aliyev along with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will officially inaugurate the airport soon.The groundbreaking ceremony for the airport’s construction took place back on 14 January when President Ilham Aliyev visited liberated Fuzuli region. It should be noted that the construction of international airports in Lachin and Zangilan regions is also continuing under the presidential order.Fuzuli was liberated from Armenia's three-decade occupation on October 17, 2020.A Russia-brokered ceasefire deal that Azerbaijan and Armenia signed on November 10, 2020, brought an end to the 44-day war between the two countries. 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 had occupied. Azerbaijan sees increase in oil prices http://www.today.az/news/business/211034.html Business Sat, 16 Oct 2021 14:01:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by $0.55 on Oct.15 compared to the previous price, settling at $86.45 per barrel, Trend reports referring to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan on Oct.15 amounted to $85.67 per barrel, down by $1.54 as compared to the previous price.Azerbaijan has been producing Azeri LT since 1997 and exporting it via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and Baku-Supsa Western Export Pipeline, as well as by rail to the Georgian port of Batumi.Azerbaijan also sells its URALS oil from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, delivering it through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline.The price of URALS with shipment from the port made up $80.97 per barrel on Oct.15, has decreased by $1.42 as compared to the previous price.Meanwhile, the cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea increased by $1.62 compared to the previous price and made up $83.34 per barrel. Azerbaijan names gymnasts to perform at World Championships in Japan http://www.today.az/news/sports/211033.html Sports Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:45:00 +0400 By TrendThe composition of the Azerbaijani national team, which will participate in the 38th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships and the 50th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in the Japanese city of Kitakyushu, has been determined, Trend reports.The 50th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships will be held between October 18-24, 2021, and Azerbaijan will be represented by Ivan Tikhonov (men's artistic gymnastics), Milana Minakovskaya and Samira Gahramanova (women's artistic gymnastics).The 38th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will be held from October 27 to 31, 2021. Zohra Aghamirova, Arzu Jalilova and Narmin Bayramova will represent Azerbaijan in the individual competition. Azerbaijani MoD discusses mine clearing in liberated territories with French delegation http://www.today.az/news/politics/211032.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:30:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Defense Ministry’s Head, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov met with a delegation led by President of the French National Commission for the Elimination of Antipersonnel Mines (CNEMA) Gerard Chesnel, Trend reports on Oct.15 citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.Greeting the guests, Hasanov informed about the work on clearing mines and unexploded munitions, carried out in the territories liberated from Armenian occupation, after Azerbaijan's victory in the 2020 Second Karabakh War, achieved under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Ilham Aliyev.Cheshnel expressed condolences in connection with the death of the Azerbaijani soldiers who became martyrs in the Second Karabakh War.He also expressed the readiness of the commission headed by him to provide the necessary assistance in cooperation with the Mine Action Agency of Azerbaijan in the work on clearing the liberated territories from mines.Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Karabakh conflict were introduced on Nov. 10, 2020.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 Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.Following the liberation of its lands, Azerbaijan from Nov. 2020 started carrying out operations on clearing its lands from mines, booby traps, and various weapons left behind by the Armenian troops. Azerbaijan records decline in fixed capital revenues for 9M2021 http://www.today.az/news/business/211031.html Business Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:11:00 +0400 By TrendThe total volume of funds allocated to fixed capital from all financial sources for the development of the socio-economic sphere of Azerbaijan in the first nine months of 2021 slightly decreased, Trend reports referring to the State Statistical Committee.According to the committee, this figure amounted to 9.56 billion manat ($5.62 billion), down by 8.7 percent on annual basis.Some 6.4 billion manat ($3.7 billion) or 67 percent of that volume accounted for the construction of production areas, over 2.4 billion manat ($1.4 billion) or 25.4 percent - construction of service areas, and 727.2 million manat ($427.7 million) or 7.6 percent - for construction of houses.From January through September this year, investments in the oil sector lowered by 9.7 percent, and in the non-oil sector - by eight percent.Over 6.3 billion manat ($3.7 billion) or 65.9 percent of the funds allocated to the fixed capital, came from domestic sources, and more than 6.38 billion manat ($3.75 billion), or 66.8 percent – accounted for construction and installation work.Some 56.9 percent of the total investment in fixed capital fell on funds of enterprises and organizations, 22.3 percent - budget funds, 7.4 percent - extra-budgetary funds, 6.3 percent - bank loans, and 7.1 percent - other funds.(1 USD = 1.7 AZN on Oct.15) FIA approves schedule for Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2022 http://www.today.az/news/politics/211030.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 12:39:00 +0400 By TrendThe FIA World Championship calendar for 2022 was confirmed at the meeting of the FIA World Motorsport Council meeting held in Paris, Trend reports citing F1news.The renewed calendar includes 23 races, but contracts with several tracks need to be signed or renewed, which will happen a little later.According to calendar, Azerbaijan Grand Prix scheduled for June 12, 2022. Azerbaijan lifts flight restrictions for number of countries http://www.today.az/news/politics/211029.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 12:28:00 +0400 By TrendThe Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan made an amendment to the resolution "On the extension of the period of the special quarantine regime and the removal of certain restrictions" dated May 26, 2021, No. 151, Trend reports.According to the amendment, citizens of 23 more countries, as well as citizens of other states and stateless persons permanently residing in these countries, will be allowed to enter (and exit) Azerbaijan by air.A complete list of countries is as following:- Argentina;- Australia;- Brazil;- Brunei;- South Korea;- Chile;- Ecuador;- Cambodia;- Costa Rica;- Cuba;- Kuwait;- Kazakhstan;- Maldives;- Mexico;- Morocco;- Mongolia;- Montenegro;- Norway;- Oman;- Panama;- El Salvador;- Uruguay;- New Zealand. Azerbaijani FM discusses mine threat in liberated territories with French CNEMA delegates http://www.today.az/news/politics/211028.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 12:17:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s Head Jeyhun Bayramov held a meeting with a delegation led by President of the French National Commission for the Elimination of Antipersonnel Mines (CNEMA) Gerard Chesnel, Trend reports citing the ministry’s press service.According to the press service, Bayramov spoke about the occupation of a part of the territory of Azerbaijan that lasted for almost 30 years [before its liberation in the 2020 Second Karabakh War] and its serious consequences.Reminding that last year the Azerbaijani territories were liberated by military-political means, the minister focused on the policy of Armenia on the purposeful contamination of our territories with mines and spoke about the threat of mines in the liberated territories.He informed Chesnel that the exactness of some mine maps provided by Armenia, which after the signing of the trilateral statement generally denied the presence of minefield maps, is only 25 percent.Besides, he emphasized that after the end of the Second Karabakh War in November last year, total of 134 Azerbaijani citizens were injured and 33 killed, including two journalists, as a result of mine explosions [in the liberated territories].The minister also provided detailed information about the situation in the liberated territories, urbicide, culturecide, and ecocide committed by the Armenian side there [during the occupation].At the same time, he informed the French delegation about the work carried out by the Azerbaijani government towards the restoration and reconstruction of the liberated lands.Thanking for the reception, the CNEMA representatives provided information on its activities and expressed their intention to cooperate with the Azerbaijani side in the relevant field.The meeting parties also exchanged views on regional and international issues. Tahir Salahov's memory honored in Moscow http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211024.html Arts & Entertainment Sat, 16 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0400 By Laman IsmayilovaHeydar Aliyev Foundation's Vice-President Leyla Aliyeva has applauded prominent Azerbaijani artist Tahir Salahov's contribution to world art.Aliyeva made the remarks in Moscow at a memorable evening dedicated to eminent artist Tahir Salahov."I am very glad to welcome you at the memorable evening dedicated to Tahir Teymurovich Salahov. It is very symbolic that today's event is being held in the Azerbaijan pavilion at VDNKh in Moscow - a city that was dear to the heart of Tahir Teymurovich, like his native Baku. Despite the fact that Tahir Salahov conquered the whole world with his art, the most important events of his life took place in Russia and Azerbaijan. His unique style and creativity formed there," said Leyla Aliyeva."Art makes the world a better place. Thanks to the work of Tahir Salahov, we see his world - a bright world, full of harmony and feelings. We were lucky to live at the same time with this amazing person...," she added.Leyla Aliyeva said that his art came from a love for the homeland, nature and people. The heroes of Tahir Salahov's paintings are his contemporaries, including oilmen, writers, composers. While looking at his paintings, it seems like all characters are alive.Leyla Aliyeva expressed her hope that the artist's rich heritage will further bring the nations closer. She also thanked Tahir Salahov's family and the event organizers.Azerbaijani ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloghlu thanked the Heydar Aliyev Foundation for organizing the evening. He stressed that the foundation and its Russian representative office are doing a lot to strengthen Azerbaijani-Russian relations, just like Tahir Salahov did.The ambassador spoke about his joint trips with Tahir Salahov, including a twenty-day trip to Mexico in 1968."These were unforgettable days, which then remained in our memory for the rest of the life. It is difficult to imagine that this person is not with us today...," he said."The memory of him as a man and a personality will always be with us. They say that a person is alive as long as he is remembered. So many people remember him. Many will judge Azerbaijan, Russia by his paintings," he added.State Tretyakov Gallery Director-General Zelfira Tregulova shared her thoughts about Tahir Salahov."I very respected him as a person and admired him as an artist. When I came to the Tretyakov Gallery, I managed to do what I dreamed of for many years - a brilliant retrospective of Tahir Teymurovich's works at the Tretyakov Gallery. It was 2016 and this was the first exhibition of Tahir Salahov at the Tretyakov Gallery," she said.Tregulova emphasized that Tahir Salahov is an amazing artist, whose art works feature both national motives and modern art.Next, Tahir Salahov's grandson, artist Kayhan Salahov presented a video installation "Infinity" dedicated to the great artist.His work is designed to attract the attention of the younger generation to Tahir Salahov's legacy.The book "Dialogue" will be presented as part of the event. The book highlights the artist's life and his creativity. The author of the book is a musicologist, teacher and publicist Raya Abbasova.Speaking about Tahir Salahov, Raya Abbasova said that she met the outstanding artist in the early 2000s when she interviewed him for the first time.Abbasova expressed her gratitude to Leyla Aliyeva for the idea of publishing a book timed to Salahov's 90th anniversary.The event was followed by an exhibition that showcased the artist's artworks from his personal archives, photographs from the family album. Chronicles of Victory: President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by Turkish A Haber TV channel on ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211027.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 11:45:00 +0400 By TrendPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev was interviewed by Turkish A Haber TV channel on October 16, 2020.Trend presents the interview.- Greetings to all from A Haber. The eyes of the whole world are focused on the Karabakh region these days. Karabakh, which has been under Armenian occupation for 30 years, is experiencing a great tragedy, because despite the humanitarian ceasefire, Armenians continue to fire at civilians and the Azerbaijani army. Naturally, the Azerbaijani army does not leave these attacks unanswered and dealing heavy blows to the Armenian army.What is the latest situation in the region and what can be expected? We will learn the opinion of the President of Azerbaijan, Commander-in-Chief Mr. Ilham Aliyev.Mr. President, we express our deep gratitude to you, in particular, on behalf of A Haber. Thank you very much for receiving us.- Thank you.- Mr. President, of course, we will start our conversation with the situation in the region. Yesterday Armenia fired on civilians yet again. In Tartar, a cemetery was fired on and three of our Azerbaijani brothers became martyrs. What is your assessment of this attack?- This is yet another manifestation of Armenian fascism. Usually, whenever they are defeated on the battlefield, they fire on civilians. We saw this during the first Karabakh war. It was our loathsome neighbors who committed the Khojaly genocide.This time, seeing their helplessness in front of the Azerbaijani army on the battlefield and their inability to resist us in the occupied lands, they started targeting civilians again. Our citizens died as a result of this dastardly attack, both in Ganja and at the cemetery in Tartar yesterday... This is a place where people go for funerals, it is considered sacred to any person. But apparently there is nothing "sacred" for our loathsome neighbors. This is a crime against humanity, which once again demonstrates the predatory nature of Armenia. It also shows that such dastardly attacks cannot force us to deviate from our path, they cannot break the will of the Azerbaijani people. We will continue to restore our territorial integrity.- Of course, Azerbaijan acts very carefully and accurately in the issue of civilians. Until today, not a single civilian has been hurt among the Armenians. However, up to now 46 of our Azerbaijani brothers have become martyrs. Why does the West remain tight-lipped over these massacres?- Unfortunately, civilian casualties are continuing, there are already 47. A total of 222 civilians have been injured, about 2,000 houses have been either completely destroyed or seriously damaged. I have already said that we will avenge these people on the battlefield. We have never opened and are still not opening fire on civilians despite the fact that there have been attacks on Ganja and Tartar. Today, from 6 to 8 am – it is 9:10 now – more than 220 shells fell on Tartar, Aghdam, Goranboy and other districts. So these heinous attacks continue. Their main goal is to kill civilians, sow panic and fear among the population of Azerbaijan, stop us and achieve their dirty intentions. But they are seeing that this does not work out, and no matter how many shells fall, the citizens of Azerbaijan proudly live on their land and endure all these difficulties. They are united around one goal – to return Karabakh, to raise the flag of Azerbaijan in all the occupied lands and to restore our territorial integrity.As for your second question why the West is silent, we saw this during the first Karabakh war too. Armenia unleashed aggression against us, occupied our lands, committed genocide against our people, but sanctions were applied against Azerbaijan. At that time, in 1992 and 1993, the Western media formed such a perception that Azerbaijan was an occupier and aggressor, while Armenia was a victim of aggression. We are seeing this even today on a smaller scale, because it is no longer possible to deny and hide the truth.- Mr. President, at that time, in 1993, in particular, in November, a ceasefire was also announced. And it was also violated by Armenia, which massacred people. Today Armenia wants a ceasefire again. What is the purpose of the ceasefire – to stop the advance of the Azerbaijani army?- You know, this is their tactic. Armenia requested a ceasefire. Convinced that they could no longer defend the occupied lands on the battlefield, to hold on to them, they requested a ceasefire. We also received such an appeal – you know that Russia has undertaken this mission – and said that a ceasefire could be declared for humanitarian purposes, for the exchange of bodies and prisoners. However, at the same time, the Moscow statement indicated that it was necessary to resume negotiations on the substance of the issue. In addition, the format of the negotiations should remain unchanged. But apparently they wanted to take advantage of the ceasefire. Less than a day later this dastardly attack on Ganja was carried out. After that, they began to strike at our other cities and, in fact, grossly violated the ceasefire. So this is their tactic. Obviously, they needed a ceasefire in order to gather strength, take mobilization measures and launch new attacks on us, because after this ceasefire, they tried to occupy the settlement of Hadrut again and attacked it three times. And they were defeated all three times. Their intention is to return the lands they lost that do not belong to them and to continue their aggressive policy.- By the way, false propaganda is currently being conducted. They claim that Hadrut is still with them, they cannot accept it.- Yes, they are still engaged in this false propaganda. The Azerbaijani flag has been flying in Hadrut for several days now. The vast majority of the hills adjacent to Hadrut are under our control. If Hadrut had not been taken, it would have been impossible to take the villages of Khojavand district. We moved there only from the Hadrut direction.- Mr. President, since the announcement of the humanitarian ceasefire, transport planes have been constantly delivering missiles from Russia, in particular, to the Yerevan airport. This, in essence, is a crime. In particular, you talked about the closure of borders with Iranian President Rouhani and about the delivery of missiles with Russia. These weapons are provided free of charge. What would you like to say to Iran and Russia in this regard?- We do not have any information about the shipment of weapons from Iran to Armenia. On the contrary, I can say that Iran and Georgia have closed their airspace and land roads for the transportation of weapons to Armenia. In this regard, we would like to reiterate our gratitude to the Governments of Iran and Georgia. According to our information, weapons are being smuggled across Georgian territory by commercial and cargo planes.Armenia has recently purchased one plane. According to our information, it bought it for $30-40 million. It was purchased by wealthy Armenian businessmen living in Russia – Karapetyan, Abrahamyan and others. They are sending Armenians living in Russia to fight against us as mercenaries. At the same time, the purchase of this aircraft, Il-76, allowed Armenia the opportunity to smuggle weapons into its country. Every time you send military products, you need to declare them. Their statements indicate that this is a civilian cargo but the plane transported anti-tank weapons "Kornet" and "Konkurs", air defense systems "Igla". At the same time, according to the information we have, they are smuggling the missiles purchased in Russia. Therefore, we addressed the International Civil Aviation Organization and asked it to investigate this issue and stop it. This is considered an international crime. Smuggling weapons to Armenia is unacceptable.Russian authorities have also told us that Russia does not send weapons to Armenia. Therefore, we think that Armenian businessmen living in Russia, wealthy people illegally acquire these weapons at some military factories and send them to Armenia. The investigation in this direction is ongoing.- And now, Mr. President, let’s "go" to the frontline. Of course, the peoples of Azerbaijan and Turkey look forward to good news from the frontline. I want to show this on the map. Here we are talking about an area of 18,000 square kilometers. This territory has been under occupation for 30 years. How many thousand square kilometers of this territory have been liberated so far? At present, the Azerbaijani Army is advancing and delivering crushing blows. We are saying that the Armenian army has lost half of its strength to date. How much in terms of figures did the Armenian army lose? Can you provide any figures in this connection, Mr. President?- It is not so difficult to calculate the area of the liberated lands even though the figure changes every day. I informed the Azerbaijani people about the liberation of six new villages yesterday. More villages were freed on the previous day. This process continues. We can say that we liberate new territories and new strategic heights every day. Therefore, these numbers are changing. But the information provided to date gives grounds to say which districts have been liberated.This map, for example, doesn’t specify Hadrut. Hadrut is already with us. The vast majority of villages around Fuzuli are with us. Now we see Fuzuli in front of us. In addition, we have moved forward in the southern direction. In the north, we also have positions on Murovdag. We have Sugovushan. So we have made great strides in all areas, and this process continues. I believe and am sure that the Azerbaijani people are closely following this, especially the residents of the villages we are liberating from occupation. For them, these are historic days, of course.- So how much in square kilometers on average?- I would not want to say that because this is a figure that changes daily. Our goal is to fully restore our territorial integrity and hoist the Azerbaijani flag in all occupied lands.- Can you name the losses of the Armenian side in figures?- These numbers are also changing on a daily basis. More than 200 tanks have been destroyed and 33 tanks have been taken as booty. They are in good condition and they are with us. Thirty-five units of "OSA" air defense systems have been destroyed. In addition, two very modern "S-300" systems have been destroyed.- They are very expensive.- Yes, they are very expensive. Another very expensive air defense system, "TOR", has also been destroyed. Approximately 170 trucks have been disabled or are in our possession. Also, 16 command centers have been destroyed. According to our calculations, during these days the Armenian army suffered damage worth almost $2 billion, and it keeps on growing. I appealed to the leadership of Armenia: observe the ceasefire, provide us with a timetable and leave our territories so that this war stops and you can keep the remaining weapons. Otherwise, if it goes on like this, we will destroy all their weapons.- How many human losses does Armenia have, Mr. President?- Their human losses – I mean the data published in the press – are over 600 people. But according to our data, their losses are several times greater.- So Armenia is hiding its losses.- Of course.- But the situation at the front is different.- If 200 tanks have been destroyed to date, then you can see what figure it comes to by counting their crew. In addition, count the losses on the battlefield, the personnel of the command centers and the crews of other installations. There is footage of the destruction of their equipment, so I would not like to give any specific figures. I am always in favor of providing exact figures, not unverified data. But their losses are surely above 600.- Mr. President, can we talk about the destruction of about half of their weapons?- We don't know how many weapons they have. But the question arises as to where they get the money for the weapons. Everyone knows the budget and foreign exchange reserves of Armenia. In just 17-18 days, their weapons worth $2 billion have been destroyed, and they have more. This is the statistics of weapons destroyed in the occupied territories alone. How many more weapons are there in Armenia? Notice how many weapons they have. Where did they buy it? Where did they get the money? Of course, they don't have so much money. So they were given it for free.- Mr. President, 18 October is an important day – Independence Day of Azerbaijan. The people of Azerbaijan expect good news from you on this day, Inshallah. Will you announce any good news about Karabakh? Would you like to share it with our Turkish and Azerbaijani brothers on A Haber?- You know, this is a truly historic day because Azerbaijan gained independence for the second time in the 20th century. The first years of independence were very difficult and tragic for us. We could have lost our independence – as we did in 1920 when independence lasted only two years and the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic fell. This time, Armenia’s aggression against Azerbaijan and, at the same time, civil strife within the country led to a major crisis. Only after national leader Heydar Aliyev came to power in 1993 did the situation stabilize and Azerbaijan confidently embarked on the path of development.Therefore, 18 October is a very significant date for us. But during this period, during these 17-18 days, I have never set the task for the army to take this location on this or that date. Because war has its own rules, its own laws. The key thing for us is to restore our territorial integrity. It doesn’t really matter when we share the good news – on the 17th, 18th or 19th. It is important that we do this, that we achieve this. At the same time, we can and we probably will provide information about the liberated villages today, but the most important thing is to occupy strategic heights. Because by taking these heights, we gain control over a wider territory, which creates conditions for a more successful counter-offensive operation by the Azerbaijani army in the future.- The heart of Karabakh, the apple of its eye is Shusha. The Azerbaijani people are waiting for news about Shusha. Inshallah, are you heading for Shusha?- We are headed for all the territories. Every inch of the occupied lands, every city is dear to us, it is native for us. For me, all villages and cities are equally valuable. But you know very well that Shusha occupies a special place in the hearts of the Azerbaijani people. This is our historic city, a hotbed of ancient culture. Shusha gave the Azerbaijani people many very talented and outstanding personalities. Of course, without Shusha our mission will be half done. Naturally, this issue has always been on the agenda in the course of discussions.You know, there were many questions at the negotiating table in the previous period. Some suggestions were that Azerbaijan should get back five districts and be content with that, while the rest should stay with the Armenians. In other words, we were told that we want everything at once, but this can’t happen and that there must be a compromise and so on. But I never agreed to that. It would be completely wrong to get five districts and leave the rest for later, indefinitely. Therefore, at different stages, mediators and some international organizations wondered why Ilham Aliyev did not agree to this. We are telling him that five districts are being returned now, although Armenia, as it turns out now, did not want to return these five districts either. But there have been such proposals. However, my position has always been that without Shusha our mission would be half done. Therefore, of course, the liberation of Shusha occupies a special place among our goals. We must aspire to this. We must achieve this. When will that happen?- Soon, Mr. President?- The near future will show.- Inshallah. Your late father probably bequeathed to you to liberate Karabakh. By the way, I would like to learn about his will. You are actually fulfilling it now. On behalf of the Turkish people, we congratulate you and the Azerbaijani people. What do you want to say about your father's will?- You know, I have always tried to be true to my father's path. In 2003, when the Azerbaijani people trusted me for the first time, I said before the election that if you trusted me, I would remain committed to the political course of Heydar Aliyev and would follow his path in all spheres. I am glad to have kept my word. Today, the rapid and successful development of Azerbaijan, the great respect we enjoy in the international arena, the solution of social, economic and other problems within the country, the implementation of large projects are, of course, a continuation of Heydar Aliyev’s path.The world is changing, of course. The balance of power in the world is changing. Today's world cannot be compared to what it was in 2003 but our strategic goals remain unchanged: to strengthen the independence, to remain committed to an independent policy, never to depend on anyone, not to bow our heads to anyone, to preserve and protect our dignity, and to restore our territorial integrity. This was my father's will in a nutshell.Of course, the restoration of territorial integrity is our number one goal. In order to achieve this, we have made great effort – political, economic, diplomatic and military. Our army has actually been formed anew. The whole world can see the potential of our army today. According to the information provided to me, military specialists from some developed countries are already studying our experience. I am sure this experience will be reflected both in books and in research papers. Therefore, remaining committed to my father's path, we are fulfilling this honorable mission. Inshallah, we will complete it to the end.- Azerbaijan has created a very strong army. There was not even an Air Force in the first Karabakh war but now there is a powerful air force, a strong army. Of course, TB2 strike drones have become a major force in the region. You purchased them from Turkey and are currently using them. How did the attack drones change the course of the war?- They changed it a lot. You know, in 30 years Armenia built very powerful engineering fortifications along the entire contact line in the occupied territories, carried out major engineering and strengthening work. In some places, they have four lines of defense. Large trenches were dug and other engineering work was carried out. There are large concrete slabs, shelters and bunkers there. The terrain of the region is such that it a natural fortification is itself because this is a mountainous area, we are going from the bottom up. It is very difficult for any army. It is a very difficult and risky task. Therefore, the work we have carried out in this direction required great heroism, of course. Precise destruction of enemy equipment required unmanned aerial vehicles. We are very glad that the developed military-industrial complex of fraternal Turkey has begun the production of these excellent attack and conventional UAVs. Azerbaijan is the first foreign state to have acquired them from Turkey. As I have already said, Armenian military equipment worth $1 billion has been destroyed with the help of Turkish drones alone. Another billion worth of equipment has been destroyed by our other military facilities. So this has greatly changed the course of the war.- You have also talked about tunnels in the region, about echeloned defense. In fact, we saw this during the operations in Syria. These are the methods used by PKK and PYD. The same methods have been used in this region for 30 years. From this point of view, does the opposing side receive any support from PKK and PYD?- Maybe. Even before these clashes, we had information that PKK had set up a camp there because, as you know, Nagorno-Karabakh was an uncontrolled territory. There was no international control mechanism there. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan are members of many international organizations. There is a control mechanism and monitoring, but this is a gray area, i.e. an uncontrolled territory. Therefore, smuggling and drug trafficking thrived there, exercises of illegal armed groups were held, and there were PKK camps. It is not ruled out that they have also played a role in the construction of these fortifications.- How many RKK camps are there in the region?- We cannot say this because they do not stand in one place, they are always on the move. But there were quite a few of them. In any case, we had this information even before the latest clashes. Today, there are suspicious persons among those who were killed on the Armenian side. There are people with Canadian and Lebanese passports. There are people who cannot be identified. But it is certain that they are not Armenian soldiers. In other words, they are mercenaries.- Armenia is carrying out missile attacks from its territory. If it continues to attack from its territory, do you have the right to conduct operations on the territory of Armenia?- No, we are not thinking about that. I have repeatedly said that we have no military targets on the territory of Armenia. We have no intentions of moving the military operation to the territory of Armenia. We do not set our sights on the lands of other countries. We simply carry out these operations within the borders of the country, within the framework of Azerbaijani lands recognized as such by international organizations and the world community. So far we have not crossed into to the territory of Armenia.I must also say that an attack was launched on us on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in July. The armed forces of Armenia managed to penetrate into Tovuz district and some of its territories. We threw them out of there and were able to defend our lands. We threw them back. After that, we could have crossed the border. In other words, there were no serious obstacles in front of us. These battles already show that if we have managed to break through from here, it would have been much easier to do it there because there are no such fortifications there. But we didn’t do it because we thought it would be wrong. We defend ourselves on our lands and must expel the occupiers from our lands. But if they continue to use such dangerous weapons as "Tochka-U", "Iskander", "Scud" and others from the territory of Armenia, just as they struck at Ganja from the Vardenis region of Armenia, then this will become a legitimate military target for us. Everyone should know this.- You are receiving messages of support from Turkey and Pakistan. In particular, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, "We are ready to provide any support." In this context, will you ask Turkey and Pakistan for military support?- No. We have no such thoughts. Turkey and Pakistan are the first countries to support us. After them, the number of such countries began to grow. Following this, Afghanistan expressed its open support. Support was also voiced by Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries. Fraternal Turkey provided the biggest support. From the very first hours, my brother, dear President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated very clearly and decisively that Azerbaijan is not alone and Turkey is next to us. This encouraged us even more. But there can be no question of military support. It is not necessary. The false information invented by the prime minister of Armenia is intended to mislead the international community, of course. For example, he said in an interview with Russian television yesterday that Turkey, Pakistan, soldiers from Syria and Lebanon were fighting on the side of Azerbaijan. All this is a lie. It is not too difficult to expose it.On the first day of the clashes, they claimed that a Turkish F-16 plane had shot down an Armenian Su-25. We said – provide evidence. They could not. Then everyone was convinced that it was a lie. They are not talk about it any longer. Now they have invented a new lie that Pakistani and Turkish soldiers are fighting for us. Let them produce evidence. There is none. The Armenian side is primarily trying to diminish the strength of the Azerbaijani army, to suggest that Azerbaijan could not have done it alone. Secondly, another of his lies is that these clashes allegedly have already gone beyond the region and turned into a more global confrontation. This is also a lie. We receive only moral and political support from Turkey, Pakistan and other fraternal countries.- Mr. President, who is worried about the friendship and close ties between Turkey and Azerbaijan?- Those who don't like us, those who are not interested in the power of Turkey growing.- Who?- This is well known. There are such circles in many countries. These are Islamophobic circles. Unfortunately, Islamophobia is growing in Europe today. The attitude towards refugees from poor countries is also obvious. Therefore, Islamophobic parties are now receiving parliamentary seats in several European states. Radical fascist parties are getting more votes. This is a very dangerous trend, first of all for Europe, because this is a tendency that paves the way for racism, discrimination, xenophobia and Islamophobia. At the same time, along with Islamophobic forces, there are circles concerned about Turkey's strength. Erdogan's Turkey is not the Turkey of 20 years ago. We and our brothers living in Turkey know this. Turkey enjoys great authority in the world today. No-one can dictate anything to Turkey or force it to do anything. Turkey defends its interests in the world, the interests of its allies, builds its security the way it wants and enjoys authority in the international arena. Not a single issue in the region can be resolved without the participation and consent of Turkey. Syria, Libya and the Mediterranean have demonstrated this. So these are the forces that are not interested in the power of Turkey growing and are worried about it. This is natural.- Mr. President, you said that unity gives brings about strength. Why is it important for Turkey to be strong?- It is important for the Turkic world because it is a great power that makes us stronger too. I have spoken about this many times – both in Turkey and in Azerbaijan. When my dear brother President was here, I said that the Turkish-Azerbaijani unity brings stability to the region. If these exact messages had not come from Turkey in the first hours of the clashes, then perhaps others would have intervened in these matters. Turkey's messages stopped everyone: Azerbaijan is not alone. Turkey will be next to Azerbaijan until the end. Of course, the Azerbaijani-Turkish unity has already turned into a very serious geopolitical factor, and this is a positive factor. Our unity is not aimed at the interests of any country. We simply defend our interests and going our own way. Let no-one interfere in our affairs and don’t poke their nose into our internal issues. This is what we want. Where did Turkey interfere before? Nowhere! Whose affairs did Azerbaijan interfere? No-one’s! We are simply saying: don't touch us, step aside. We will be friends and partners, we will cooperate, but let everyone go their own way. We want this and we have the right to do so.- Is it possible to find a way out in the settlement of the Karabakh problem at the negotiating table without Turkey's participation?- Turkey is already de facto at the negotiating table. I have already said that. This is a reality. Turkey is discussing this issue with countries located in another region today. You also know that a telephone conversation took place between the presidents of Russia and Turkey. There were negotiations between the ministers of foreign affairs and defense. At the same time, high-ranking officials of Turkey have been in contact with their colleagues from Iran and other countries. Therefore, Turkey is de facto here. When the Minsk Group was established in 1992 – Turkey is already a member of it – it did not become a co-chair for reasons I don’t know. In other words, we wanted Turkey to be a co-chair from the very beginning. But Turkey itself did not go for that at the time. If it had wanted to do that, I think it could have become a co-chair. This is why I am saying that there is a great difference between today's Turkey of Erdogan and the then Turkey. If it had been a co-chair, this issue would have been resolved long ago. Therefore, we are saying that this issue cannot be resolved without Turkey. I am not saying that the Minsk Group should be consigned to history. No, let them work too, even though they have not reached any result in 30 years. But to leave Turkey outside this process is both wrong and impossible.- Mr. President, how would you assess the position of France, a co-chair of the Minsk Group?- You know, I think the latest statements of France have been positive. At the same time, my last telephone conversation with the President of France was also very positive. Of course, France as a co-chair should be neutral. I have already said that. Any country can have special ties with another country. In other words, at the national level any country is free. No-one can object to that but co-chairmanship is a different mechanism. This imposes a great responsibility on co-chair countries. Therefore, within the framework of this mandate, they must be neutral. I think that the actions and approaches of France today are positive.- Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov made a statement saying that they could send military observers to the Karabakh region. Would you agree to this?- You know, at the same time the office of the President of Russia stated that this was possible with the consent of both sides – Azerbaijan and Armenia. In other words, this is something that speaks for itself. First, both parties must agree to this. Secondly, the fundamental principles – and I have already expressed my position on this matter – do provide for the dispatch of peacekeeping forces to the region but only at the last stage. The lands must be freed from occupation, five districts must be returned to us, then two more, and then the Azerbaijani population must return to Nagorno-Karabakh and Shusha. After all this peacekeeping forces may come. Therefore, it is too early to talk about it today. Third, what countries will be represented in this peacekeeping force? This must also be agreed by both parties. During the negotiations, there were no discussions on this issue. I believe that the statement of the office of the President of Russia is fully justifiable. Both parties must agree to this. You must agree to this and provide a timetable. Today, when there are active clashes, it is a little too early to talk about it.- Sure. There are ample minerals in Armenian-occupied Karabakh. We know that there are gold deposits in Kalbajar. These gold deposits are actually the main concern for Armenia.- True but the most important thing is their eternal hatred of us. Armenia is pursuing a policy of fascism. They instill hatred for Turkey and Azerbaijan, describe Turks as enemies to his children. They poison the brains of their people. So this is what lies at the heart of Armenia's occupation policy. This is the main issue. In other regions too, there are fertile and excellent lands for both crop and livestock production. They are exploiting them. There are gold deposits in Kalbajar. They are illegally exploiting them. We have sent letters to all the companies that help them in this matter and invest there.In my statements before the start of these clashes, I said that we are warning all these foreign companies for the last time – either cease your activities or we will sue you where we will have the final say. Because their activities are illegal. Armenia sells the gold mined there abroad and makes money. They transport the natural resources extracted there, the products of our land to Armenia. Therefore, there are many objectives here. The main thing is to preserve these lands forever under the yoke of Armenia. But they could not achieve this either.- Mr. President, you said that Soros is Pashinyan's father.- Yes, this is true.- It turns out that Azerbaijan is also fighting with Soros in the region.- With Soros too. In fact, as I said earlier, when I talk about Soros, I mean not only George Soros. This is a concept. This movement is destructive and predatory. This is a colonial movement. Look at the photo of Pashinyan with Soros. What a disgusting photo. It is on the internet. They stand there, their bodies pressed against each other. A shameful photo. They both laugh, both have a smile on their faces. This photo actually shows who Pashinyan is. Because Soros groups played a big role in organizing the coup in Armenia and Pashinyan always took an anti-Russian position. The name of his party in Armenian is "Elk". When translated, it means "Exit". Exit from where? From the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) with Russia and from the Eurasian Union. When he was a deputy, he always spoke out against Russia, took an anti-Russian position. Therefore, I am surprised when some political circles in Russia still take his side. After all, he made a revolution against pro-Russian forces, imprisoned pro-Russian presidents, as well as the chairman of the main opposition pro-Russian party. He did everything against Russia, started criminal cases against Russian company "Gazprom" and the railway company of this country. He arrested the chairman of the CSTO, a NATO-like organization, who was of Armenian origin. So this is a person who is ruled by Soros. Also, look at his team – they are all representatives of the Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute, Amnesty International. So Soros came to power in Armenia, but he suffered a fiasco.- Mr. President, did you ask Turkey to station a military base in the country? In this regard, you made a statement in which you said that a Turkish military base could be located on the territory of Azerbaijan. Have you had any negotiations on this matter?- No, no negotiations on this issue have been held. This has never have been discussed and such a question does not arise today either. Our cooperation with Turkey in the military sphere is getting stronger every day. I have already spoken about this, and I want to say again that 10 military exercises were held last year. Exercises involving air defense forces, special purpose troops and others. Therefore, cooperation in this area is at the highest level, and the deployment of a base in Azerbaijan has never been a subject of discussion.- Mr. President, you said that Azerbaijan had changed the status quo at the frontline. What was the status quo and what will the new status quo be like for Azerbaijan?- The status quo is gone. I have already spoken about this, and this is a reality. What was the status quo? It meant the preservation of lands under occupation. And this was despite the fact that 10 years ago the Minsk Group co-chairs made a very positive statement on this matter. It said that the status quo was unacceptable. But no tangible steps were taken afterwards. We have been waiting for a change in the status quo for 30 years to achieve this through negotiations. But that did not happen. Therefore, we destroyed it on the battlefield. It is gone. The city of Jabrayil is with us, most of the villages of Jabrayil district are with us. The vast majority of villages in Fuzuli district are also with us. Now we already see the city of Fuzuli. Hadrut is with us, Sugovushan is with us.- Can you see the center of Fuzuli now?- We can see it, of course.- So can we hear good news from there in the near future, Inshallah?- Inshallah. So what kind of status quo can we talk about. There is no status quo or a line of contact. We broke through it as well. So over these days we did what we could not do within the framework of the negotiations.- Mr. President, I want to ask you one more question. The war is still going on. I would like to ask you about the events that saddened and delighted you the most. By the way, the symbolic photo is of 4-year-old Bakhtiyar from Ganja who is smiling despite the injury. This photo has become a symbol for the whole world. We have interviewed him. And you know what he said, this four-year-old child? He said, "Karabakh is ours, Karabakh is Azerbaijan!"- Yes.- Mr. President, what impressed you the most, saddened and made you happy?- Our losses sadden me most of all. Both civilians and soldiers. Our young soldiers, having demonstrated selflessness and valor, become martyrs in the name of their native lands. This is a great tragedy – for our people, for their relatives, a great tragedy for their parents. Therefore, the death of every Azerbaijani – whether civilian or soldier, it does not matter – is the greatest suffering for me. They are all our compatriots, our sons, brothers.And what pleases me most of all is the unbreakable will of the Azerbaijani people because people living under fire do not move. Armenia wants to turn Tartar into Stalingrad, into the second Aghdam, Fuzuli. Why are you shelling this civilian city? Take that funeral ceremony. More than 200 shells were dropped this morning in the course of two hours. Why? What is there in Tartar? People live there. So this is Armenian fascism. They also want to intimidate us. In addition, they think that we are living in the 1990s when they attacked us, our army could not resist them and our citizens left those regions, became refugees and internally displaced persons. They have these ideas. But they should know that the present-day Azerbaijan is not what it was before. Today's Azerbaijan is a strong state capable of defending itself. Our citizens live under shelling but do not leave these places. Their houses are on fire, all property is lost, but they say "Long live the Motherland!" This makes me happy the most. And also to see our flag on the lands liberated from occupation. This is what makes me happy.- Mr. President, 83 million people in Turkey pray for Azerbaijan every day. Do you feel these prayers? What would you like to say in connection with this to the Turkish people? What message do you have?- Of course, I do. These prayers and the prayers of the Azerbaijani people, our friends and brothers living in other countries are saving us because our cause is a cause of justice. We are fighting for our lands. Armenia’s war is a war of evil forces. We have always seen and felt Turkey's support. In recent years, the leaders of Turkey and Azerbaijan have tied our countries to each other with such strong ties that this unity and this brotherhood is unshakable. I receive many letters from Turkey these days. People write, "Mr. President, I am also ready to come, I am ready to help". This is very touching and makes us happy. Our unity manifests itself once again during this difficult time. Therefore, I express my deep gratitude to all our Turkish brothers. We feel and see their support, it gives us additional strength and reinforces our determination. My dear brother, dear President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Azerbaijan is not alone, Turkey is next to Azerbaijan". This, in fact, is the most beautiful expression, the best saying that reflects our unity.- Mr. President, in conclusion I would like to ask how you would describe Recep Tayyip Erdogan.- Recep Tayyip Erdogan is my brother. We have a very close relationship. Both as presidents and as two people. I have deep respect for him. He is a world leader. He has raised Turkey to high peaks. He has elevated Turkey. Thanks to him, the whole world knows Turkey as a worthy and proud state. Both some countries and, unfortunately, some political forces in Turkey itself are showing great injustice towards him. I cannot interfere in these matters, of course, but as a person, I cannot remain indifferent to this because he has done a lot for Turkey. There is no-one else in Turkey today who would love it so much, protect its interests, be ready to do anything for it. Everyone should know this. Everyone in Azerbaijan knows this. Many people in Turkey also know this but I want to tell those who don’t. Political strife takes place everywhere but there is also a national question. There should be no political struggle in the national question. In the face of danger, we must unite. Turkey is being attacked from all sides today. To endure this, to withstand these attacks takes tremendous courage. It requires great professionalism, knowledge and determination. This is the kind of person my brother is. I can say this absolutely sincerely because I know him well. I would like to wish him continued success. His words, his actions, his life are very important for the entire Turkic world, and we will continue to make great effort to unite and deepen cooperation of the Turkic world.- And last question, Mr. President. You said about the need to be together with Turkey. In this context, have you received messages of support from the Turkish opposition?- Yes. Such messages have arrived. You know, I am the kind of person who says everything as it is. There is no need for diplomacy in this matter. The main thing for me in Turkey is the attitude towards my brother. Someone who treats him well has a place in my heart. Those who treat him unfairly, oppose him, there is no place for them in my heart. Of course, I express my gratitude to everyone who wants to provide support. However, I believe – and everyone should know this – that if Erdogan wasn’t there today, Turkey could be faced with a big disaster. Let everyone know and understand this. I say this as an ordinary citizen of Azerbaijan. You can hear it today from 10 million citizens of Azerbaijan. The Turkish-Azerbaijani unity is strengthening. Therefore, people who ensure this unity should receive the necessary support everywhere, in national issues. As for questions between parties, this is a different matter. There is a national issue in which everyone should be a patriot.- Mr. President, thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions. Erdogan: Additional gas supplies agreement with Azerbaijan to enusre Turkey's gas reserves http://www.today.az/news/politics/211026.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 11:32:00 +0400 By TrendThe agreement with Azerbaijan on additional supplies of natural gas is aimed at ensuring Turkey's gas reserves, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Trend reports via Turkish media outlets.According to the president, this agreement is of a preventive nature and is aimed at avoiding an energy crisis."We have our reserves. Agreements [on gas] with Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan indicate that we will not have such crises as in Western countries. This issue is irrelevant For Turkey," Erdogan said.Earlier it was reported that Azerbaijan and Turkey have reached an agreement on the supply of additional 11 billion cubic meters of gas via the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline until 2024. President signs law "On Independence Day" http://www.today.az/news/politics/211025.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 11:00:00 +0400 By Vafa IsmayilovaAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed the law "On Independence Day" on October 15.Under the document, May 28 is declared Independence Day, and October 18 - Restoration of Independence Day.The Azerbaijani parliament adopted the bill "On Independence Day" on October 15.Under the bill, May 28, which was celebrated as Republic Day of Azerbaijan, will henceforth be celebrated as Independence Day. October 18 will be celebrated as the Restoration of Independence Day and will be considered a working day, officially.October 18, 2021, will mark 30 years since the restoration of Azerbaijan's independence. For the first time since 1991, the Azerbaijani people will mark this holiday as a victorious people who restored the territorial integrity of their homeland, following the end of the second Karabakh war.Speaker Sahiba Gafarova said at the session that the parliament will send a congratulatory letter to President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva on the occasion of October 18.She noted that under Aliyev's leadership Azerbaijan is a strong state with authority in the region."We can say with confidence that under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, our country will achieve even greater success," Gafarova stressed.On September 27, 2020, in response to a large-scale provocation of the Armenian armed forces along the frontline, Azerbaijan launched a counter-offensive operation, which put an end to nearly 30 years of Armenian occupation, ensured the liberation of its occupied lands and the restoration of its territorial integrity.A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, 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.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions and urged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city.story will be updated Envoys, reporters start visiting Sugovushan, Talish http://www.today.az/news/politics/211023.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 10:38:00 +0400 By Vafa IsmayilovaOn October 16, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan and local media started visiting Sugovushan and Talish liberated from Armenian occupation in last year's war.The visit takes place under presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev's leadership. Diplomats and journalists will visit the villages of Sugovushan and Talish.Meanwhile, Hajiyev stated that during the previous occupation of Sugovushan, Armenia left vast Azerbaijani territories without water."Upon instruction of President Ilham Aliyev with the diplomatic corps we are making the 7th visit since 10th November 2020 to liberated lands of Azerbaijan. This time our destination is Sugovushan and Talish. By occupying Sugovushan Armenia deprived vast lands of water,” the presidential aide wrote on his official Twitter account.On October 3, 2020, President Ilham Aliyev announced that the Azerbaijani army raised the national flag in Sugovuushan, and liberated the Talish village in Tartar.Azerbaijan regularly organizes vistis of international delegations, officials, envoys, journalists and ordinary people to liberated lands to familiarize them with the situation in those areas.On October 15, President Ilham Aliyev said in a CIS session that thousands of politicians, diplomats and journalists from many countries visited the liberated territories in less than one year.A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, 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.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions and urged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city. Chronicle of 44-day Second Karabakh War: October 16, 2021 http://www.today.az/news/politics/211022.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 10:20:00 +0400 By Vafa IsmayilovaOn September 27, 2020, in response to a large-scale provocation of the Armenian armed forces along the frontline, the Azerbaijani army launched a counter-offensive operation, later called the "Iron Fist".The 44-day war put an end to nearly 30 years of occupation, ensured the liberation of Azerbaijan's lands and the restoration of the country's territorial integrity.Chronicle of 44-day Second Karabakh War: October 16, 2021- President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by A Haber TV channel.- "Azerbaijan’s glorious Army has liberated Khirmanjig, Agbulag and Akhullu villages of Khojavend district. Long live Azerbaijan’s Army! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!" President Ilham Aliyev made a post on his official Twitter account.- The artillery battery belonging to the Armenian armed forces was destroyed, and the deputy commander of the forces regiment was injured. A list of the equipment of the Armenian armed forces destroyed at night was disclosed.- The Azerbaijani Prosecutor-General's Office reported that 47 civilians were killed and 222 injured as a result of shelling of Azerbaijani settlements by the Armenian armed forces.- The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry shared footage from villages of the Khojavend district of Azerbaijan, which were liberated from the Armenian occupation.- The Armenian armed forces, grossly violating the humanitarian ceasefire, continued shelling the territories of Goranboy, Tartar, Aghdam, Aghjabadi and Fuzuli districts of Azerbaijan.- The Armenian armed forces launched a missile strike on the territory of the Ordubad district of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan.- The Armenian side bombarded a cemetery in Ahmadaghalilar village, Aghdam district.- The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry shared new footage from the liberated Hadrut settlement.- The state flag of Azerbaijan was raised above the border outposts liberated from Armenian occupation.A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, 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.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions and urged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city. MoD: Armenia trying to prepare ground for new provocations http://www.today.az/news/politics/211021.html Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 09:51:00 +0400 By Vafa IsmayilovaBaku dismissed as fake Armenian reports alleging that Azerbaijani army units opened fire in the direction of Arazdayan settlement."The unfounded information spread by the Armenian side about the alleged firing by Azerbaijani Army units in the direction of the Arazdayan settlement is untrue and absolutely fake," the Defence Ministry reported on October 15.The ministry stressed that by spreading fake information of this kind, "Armenia is trying to prepare the ground for next provocations"."We officially declare that the units of the Azerbaijani army will resolutely suppress any provocations," the ministry said. Earlier on October 15, the Azerbaijani army thwarted an Armenian terrorist and sabotage act in Karabakh temporarily controlled by Russian peacekeepers.On the morning of October 15, members of an illegal Armenian armed group used an ambulance in an attempt to commit a terrorist attack against the Azerbaijani army units in the direction of Aghdara. The attempt was suppressed and the gunmen in the car were forced to retreat.The Defence Ministry described as unacceptable the use of a civilian ambulance for military purposes, a method that is specific to terrorists, saying that it is a gross violation of international humanitarian law.The ministry stressed that any terrorist and subversive activities will be prevented immediately and decisively.Several provocations have been observed over the past days by the Armenian groups illegally located in Karabakh under the Russian peacekeepers' temporary control.Azerbaijani army soldier Afgan Hamzayev was martyred as a result of sniper fire opened by illegal Armenian armed groups at about 1815 on October 14.On October 14, Azerbaijan downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of illegal Armenian armed detachments on its territory under the Russian peacekeepers' control. The UAV tried to carry out reconnaissance flights over the positions of the Azerbaijan army in the direction of liberated Fuzuli region.At about 1400 on October 13, an Azerbaijani civilian convoy moving from Tartar region's Sugovushan settlement to Kalbajar to build civil infrastructure there was fired on by illegal Armenian armed groups located in the area controlled by the Russian peacekeepers.As a result of the incident, the front, rear, wheel and movement mechanisms of the car, which belonged to the Azerbaijani army's military police moving in front of the convoy were damaged. No casualties were reported among the Azerbaijani personnel.The Defence Ministry described as unacceptable the fact that a civilian convoy, which carried materials for the reconstruction in the liberated lands and escorted by Russian peacekeepers, was fired on by illegal Armenian armed groups.The ministry appealed to the Russian peacekeeping command temporarily stationed in a certain part of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh Economic Region and the Russian-Turkish Joint Monitoring Center to investigate the incident.About 2,000 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed for five years in Karabakh under the trilateral cease-fire deal signed by Baku, Moscow and Yerevan on 10 November 2020. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it had occupied since the early 1990s.The deal also stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the peace deal, Azerbaijan liberated 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city that had been under Armenian occupation for about 30 years.On August 11, 2021, Azerbaijan urged the Russian peacekeepers to end the illegal deployment of Armenian troops on Azerbaijan’s territories under their temporary control.Later on August 14, President Ilham Aliyev reiterated that Azerbaijan had identified that Armenian troops were being sent to Karabakh via the Lachin corridor that is controlled by the Russian peacekeepers and stressed that this contradicted the 10 November deal. Azerbaijan's State Employment Agency to launch project on financial support of entrepreneurs http://www.today.az/news/business/211018.html Business Fri, 15 Oct 2021 18:27:00 +0400 By TrendThe State Employment Agency of Azerbaijan will launch a project on financial and material-technical support of entrepreneurs, the head of the department for the social partnership of the State Employment Agency of Azerbaijan Fatima Alekperova said at a conference entitled "The Role of Women in Azerbaijan's Agriculture", Trend reports.According to Alekperova, appeals from entrepreneurs within the framework of this project will be accepted from next week."Within the framework of the project, together with FAO, training will be carried out, and the Agency will also start accepting applications from entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector to receive our support. Those entrepreneurs who would like to increase their staff by making an appropriate appeal will be able to receive support from our agency in the form of ensuring 50 percent of the employees' wages from our side," Alekperova said.It is noted that the conference was organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Azerbaijan in partnership with the Agency for Agricultural Credit and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Azerbaijan's agrarian agency discloses volume of issued subsidies in 9M2021 http://www.today.az/news/business/211017.html Business Fri, 15 Oct 2021 18:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe Agrarian Credit and Development Agency (AKIA) has issued subsidies in the amount of nearly 219 million manat ($128.8 million) from January through September 2021, Deputy Chairman of the Agency's Board Leyla Mammadova said on Oct.15 at a conference on "The Role of Women in Azerbaijan's Agriculture", Trend reports.According to Mammadova, these funds are allocated to farmers and agricultural businesses to purchase machinery and other necessary equipment for the development and sustainable implementation of their activities."Moreover, the agency has allocated interest-free microloans in the amount of 3.4 million manat ($2 million) since the beginning of the year. Thus, the loan amount to each farmer averaged up to 15,000 manat ($8,823). In 2020, subsidies worth 278 million manat ($163.5 million) were allocated to businesses," she added.(1 USD = 1.7 AZN on Oct.15) National judokas to compete in Paris http://www.today.az/news/sports/211016.html Sports Fri, 15 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani judokas will compete at Grand Slam in Paris on October 16-17.The national team includes Balabey Aghayev (60 kg), Ibrahim Aliyev, Ismayil Ibrahimov (66 kg), Telman Valiyev, Hidayat Heydarov (73 kg), Murad Fatiyev (81 kg), Mammadali Mehdiyev (90 kg) and Ushangi Kokauri (+100 kg).Founded in 1972, the Azerbaijan Judo Federation actively promotes this martial art across the country. Since 2015, the federation has been led 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 in 2000 in Wroclaw.However, the achievements of Azerbaijani judo fighters did not stop there. Elnur Mammadli was named best at the 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 Shikhalizadeh.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. The 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 Lukaš Krpalek in the final. He also grabbed bronze at the 2017 World Championships.Hidayat 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 the 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 fifth place at the European Games, the Grand Prix in Antalya and Tel Aviv.Nijat Shikhalizadeh took second place at the Oceania Open Cup in Perth. He also grabbed a silver medal at the Grand Slam in Baku.Azerbaijani judokas continue to achieve global successes enriching the country's medal haul with new victories. Agreement with Azerbaijan on additional gas supplies aimed at ensuring Turkey's gas reserves ... http://www.today.az/news/business/211020.html Business Fri, 15 Oct 2021 17:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe agreement with Azerbaijan on additional supplies of natural gas is aimed at ensuring Turkey's gas reserves, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Trend reports via Turkish media outlets.According to the president, this agreement is of a preventive nature and is aimed at avoiding an energy crisis."We have our reserves. Agreements [on gas] with Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan indicate that we will not have such crises as in Western countries. This issue is irrelevant For Turkey," Erdogan said.Earlier it was reported that Azerbaijan and Turkey have reached an agreement on the supply of additional 11 billion cubic meters of gas via the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline until 2024.