Today.Az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside Today.Az US congressional committees authorize 2023 defense budget worth $858 bln World news Wed, 07 Dec 2022 23:18:00 +0400 By TrendRelevant committees from both chambers of the US Congress have authorized the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023, worth a total of $858 billion, the committees said in a joint statement, Trend reports citing TASS.The bill is to be brought before the House of Representatives this week, and will subsequently be submitted to the Senate.The final version will be submitted to US President Joe Biden for signing. Uzbekistan, Türkiye boost military co-op World news Wed, 07 Dec 2022 22:48:00 +0400 By TrendUzbekistan has ratified a military agreement with Türkiye, Trend reports via the Uzbek media.The document provides for the development of cooperation in the fields of military training and education, cooperation of the defense industry, as well as in the fields of military logistics, cartography and hydrography.The agreement on military cooperation with Türkiye was signed within the framework of the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Tashkent in March. South Korean KOICA backs Uzbekistan's IT sector through number of projects World news Wed, 07 Dec 2022 22:11:00 +0400 By TrendSouth Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is implementing 3 projects within its Startup Tech Ecosystem Promotion program to support IT sector in Uzbekistan, the agency told Trend.According to KOICA, first is "Project for Creating Startup Supportive Ecosystem and Stimulating Entrepreneurial Growth in Uzbekistan" with the total budget of $5.5 million."The project which is being implemented in 2020-2024 provides for the development of Uzbekistan youth entrepreneurship and creation of the ecosystem foundation through online/offline support systems for startups, and therefore improving related systems and environment," the agency said.Second project is "Building foundation and strengthening capabilities for sustainable growth of IT Park in Uzbekistan". The duration of the $4.5-million project is 2021-2025."This project aims at establishing the foundation for growth of the Uzbekistan IT industry and enhance the competitiveness of IT companies, strengthening institutional capabilities through establishment of operation/management strategy," KOICA said.The last project is "Establishment of Innovative Business IT Education System at the Tashkent University of Information Technologies for Better Higher Education in Uzbekistan" which worth $5 million and planned to be implemented in 2022-2027."Third project aims at promoting the dissemination of new models of higher education through creating and disseminating a model for training of qualified personnel in the field of innovative ICT in the digital economy, as well as a model of linking industry-university," the agency said. Switzerland, Germany and EU to aid Kyrgyzstan in transition to green economy World news Wed, 07 Dec 2022 21:47:00 +0400 By TrendSwitzerland, Germany and EU intend to support sustainable economic development of Kyrgyzstan by supporting the transition towards an inclusive green economy, a source in the Embassy of Switzerland in Kyrgyzstan told Trend.The Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the EU intend to co-finance the current Kyrgyz-Swiss-German Green Economy program with additional funding from BMZ, EU and SDC from June 2023 until mid-2026."The overall objective of the joint program from 2023 – 2026 will be to contribute to the sustainable economic development of Kyrgyzstan by supporting the transition towards an inclusive green economy that benefits the well-being of the Kyrgyz population through creating long-term employment and better income opportunities while using natural resources more efficiently and having a lower environmental impact," the source in the Swiss Embassy in Kyrgyzstan said.Furthermore, the EU, Switzerland and Germany aim to pool resources and build on synergies of their long-term expertise in supporting Kyrgyz partners in the field of private sector development, environmental protection and climate action.Notably, the Swiss Embassy oversees Swiss projects carried out in Kyrgyzstan that are funded by two Swiss Federal Agencies, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The Swiss Embassy in Kyrgyzstan represents the Swiss Government and handles all issues pertaining to diplomatic relations between the two countries. Iranian currency rates for December 7 World news Wed, 07 Dec 2022 21:13:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced an official rate of foreign currencies on December 7, Trend reports referring to CBI.According to the currency exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iran, 18 currencies increased and 17 have decreased in price, compared to December 6.According to CBI, $1 equals 42,000 Iranian rials and 1 euro equals 44,098 rials.CurrencyIranian rial on December 7Iranian rial on December 61 US dollarUSD42,00042,0001 British poundGBP51,28651,1191 Swiss francCHF44,64944,5911 Swedish kronaSEK4,0404,0371 Norwegian kroneNOK4,1994,2231 Danish kroneDKK5,9285,9281 Indian rupeeINR5105141 UAE dirhamAED11,43711,4371 Kuwaiti dinarKWD136,857136,707100 Pakistani rupeesPKR18,69818,722100 Japanese yensJPY30,73530,7631 Hong Kong dollarHKD5,4035,4061 Omani rialOMR109,092109,1461 Canadian dollarCAD30,76930,9521 New Zealand dollarNZD26,57926,4971 South African randZAR2,4212,4071 Turkish liraTRY2,2542,2541 Russian rubleRUB6686711 Qatari riyalQAR11,53911,539100 Iraq dinarsIQD2,8792,8791 Syrian poundSYP17171 Australian dollarAUD28,13728,1971 Saudi riyalSAR11,20111,2001 Bahraini dinarBHD111,703111,7011 Singapore dollarSGD30,93730,959100 Bangladeshi takasBDT41,03240,71410 Sri Lankan rupeesLKR1,1431,1431 Myanmar kyatMMK2121100 Nepalese rupeesNPR31,82132,0621 Libyan dinarLYD8,6848,6821 Chinese yuanCNY6,0046,031100 Thai bathsTHB119,794119,8831 Malaysian ringgitMYR9,5579,6141,000 South Korean wonsKRW31,80332,2021 Jordanian dinarJOD59,23959,2391 euroEUR44,09844,085100 Kazakh tengeKZT8,9208,9321 Georgian lariGEL15,58715,5871,000 Indonesian rupiahsIDR2,6882,7151 Afghan afghaniAFN4794771 Belarus rubleBYN16,70016,6901 Azerbaijani manatAZN24,71824,707100 Philippine pesosPHP75,14674,9941 Tajik somoniTJS4,1784,1721 Turkmen manatTMT12,02312,022In Iran, the official exchange rate is used for the import of some essential products.SANA system is a system introduced by the Central Bank of Iran to the currency exchange offices, where the price of 1 euro is 310,762 rials, and the price of $1 is 296,291 rials.NIMA is a system intended for the sale of a certain percentage of the foreign currency gained from export.The price of 1 euro in this system is 295,977 rials, and the price of $1 is 282,195 rials.On the black market, $1 is worth about 359,000-362,000 rials, while 1 euro is worth about 377,000-380,000 rials. Oil edges up on China demand hopes World news Wed, 07 Dec 2022 20:44:00 +0400 By TrendOil futures edged slightly higher on Wednesday on hopes for improved Chinese demand while uncertainty about how a Western cap on Russian oil prices would play out kept markets on edge after a sharp fall the previous session, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.Brent crude futures gained 13 cents, or 0.16%, at 0416 GMT to $79.48 a barrel, after they fell below $80 for the second time in 2022 during the previous trading session.U.S. crude futures clawed back earlier losses and were steady from the previous close at $74.25 a barrel.Brent's slump on Tuesday was the largest daily decline in prices since late September, which have traded in a $62 range this year.Expectations of rising China demand continued to be a positive driver, as the country posted fewer new COVID-19 infections for two consecutive days."China has (been) rapidly eased COVID-19 restrictions, which may boost demand," markets analyst Leon Li at CMC Markets said in a note.China's yuan also firmed against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday as investors shrugged off much weaker-than-expected export and import data and awaited a government announcement on more COVID-19 easing measures that could revive the battered economy.A potential drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles of around 6.4 million barrels, according to API figures, also gave some sentiment support on the supply front.However, uncertainty on how the price cap on Russian oil would play out on supply contributed to volatility. Russia is considering three options, including banning oil sales to some countries and setting maximum discounts at which it would sell its crude, to counter the price cap imposed by Western powers, the Vedomosti daily reported on Wednesday."There's still tons of uncertainty in the markets today," said Claudio Galimberti, senior vice-president at Rystad Energy, adding the crude production drop in Russia may not be to the same extent as earlier expectations.Some weakness was attributed to a stronger greenback and cautious activity in Asian stock markets.Wall Street benchmarks also tumbled on Tuesday on uncertainty around the direction of Federal Reserve rate hikes and further talk of a looming recession.Those fears were sparked by strong economic data or hawkish signals from other policymakers.Oil prices have dropped by more than 1% for three straight sessions, giving up most of their gains for the year.Some optimism remained that buyers could come back if the market bottoms out amid a contango price structure, where forward prices are higher than prompt prices."Energy traders are not confidently buying dips, but they will if the current selloff sends (U.S. crude) prices close to the levels the Biden administration might refill the SPR, which is in the $70 region," senior market analyst at OANDA Edward Moya said in a client note, referring to the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Victory in Karabakh - source of pride for Turkic world, Press Secretary of Turkish President says Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 20:37:00 +0400 By TrendVictory in Karabakh has become a source of pride for the Turkic world, said Press Secretary of Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin at a seminar dedicated to the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Turkiye and Kazakhstan, Trend be updated Overhaul of Azerbaijani 'Professor Aziz Aliyev' tanker wraps up Business Wed, 07 Dec 2022 20:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe overhaul of the ‘Professor Aziz Aliyev’ tanker owned by the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) CJSC has been completed at the Zygh Ship Repair and Construction Yard, ASCO told Trend on December 7.According to the company, during the overhaul, the underwater and surface parts of the tanker were painted in three layers after being cleaned with abrasive sand.The head deck and ship mechanisms were also painted."Along with the main engine, coolants, pumps and other mechanisms, the ship's auxiliary steam boiler and auxiliary boiler were repaired. Body welding, electrical, pipe installation, and automation work was also performed on the tanker. Besides, the ship's accommodation and service premises of sailors were repaired," the company said. Russia talks readiness to assist in hosting meeting of Azerbaijani, Armenian leaders Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 19:24:00 +0400 By TrendRussia will be ready to provide all necessary assistance to hold a meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on its territory, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on December 7, Trend reports via TASS.Peskov also spoke about a non-official CIS summit that can take place in St. Petersburg at the end of the year."There are ideas for holding such a pre-New Year meeting. When all the agreements are finalized, we’ll make the respective statement," he explained."We’ll inform you if there is understanding on the meeting, too," added the official. Naming tanker after me - initiative of President Ilham Aliyev - Azerbaijani Academic Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 19:11:00 +0400 By TrendThis is a very happy day, a famous Azerbaijani oil scientist and geologist, First Vice-president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzade told reporters on December 7, Trend reports.Yusifzade made the remark commenting on President Ilham Aliyev's initiative to name a local tanker after him.“This day is a celebration for me. The participation of our esteemed President Ilham Aliyev in the commissioning ceremony of the tanker named after me was a great gift for me,” the scientist said."Naming this tanker after me was the initiative of President Ilham Aliyev. The head of state made this proposal on my 90th birthday and today he took part in the ceremony of launching the vessel," he added.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended a ceremony to launch the “Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzade” tanker built at Baku Shipyard by the order of the “Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping” Closed Joint-Stock Company (ASCO) on December 7. Azerbaijan may freeze assets of mass destruction weapon distributors Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 18:35:00 +0400 By TrendAssets of distributors of mass destruction weapons may be frozen in Azerbaijan, Trend reports.This issue was reflected in a bill ‘On targeted financial sanctions' put up for discussion at a joint meeting of the Azerbaijani Parliament’s committees on defense, security and combating corruption and the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry and Entrepreneurship, held on December be updated Azerbaijan may introduce new measures to counteract legalization of property acquired by ... Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 18:10:00 +0400 By TrendA bill ‘On counteracting legalization of property acquired by criminal means and financing of terrorism’ was put up for discussion at a meeting of the Azerbaijani Parliament’s committees on defense, security and combating corruption and the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry and Entrepreneurship, held on December 7, Trend be updated Azerbaijan releases another 19 people charged under Tartar case Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 17:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliAzerbaijan has set free another 19 people, 10 of whom were acquitted, under the so-called Tartar case, Azernews reports per the Prosecutor-General's Office.Previously three counts of criminal cases against 19 persons, convicted on charges of high treason and other articles returned to court, were reexamined by the Plenum of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan due to newly-found circumstances based on the appeal of the prosecutor's office.The decisions on the above criminal cases were canceled, and the cases were returned to the relevant courts, where they were canceled once again and returned to the prosecutor's office in charge of the procedural guidance of the preliminary investigation.During the further investigation, all circumstances related to the criminal prosecution were thoroughly investigated, and since the guilt of these persons on charges of high treason was not proven, they were acquitted under Article 39.2 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Azerbaijan.Additionally, within the proceeding, decisions were made to halt criminal prosecution against 10 persons on other episodes (crimes against military service, and others) and release them with the abolition of a measure of restraint in the form of arrest chosen against the persons.Meanwhile, all the cases related to the deceased Mehman Huseynov and Elxan Agazada were thoroughly investigated, and decisions were made to terminate the criminal proceedings on acquittal grounds.Moreover, the investigation team is conducting criminal proceedings against several military personnel who served at military units of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry in Tartar, Aghdam, and Beylagan districts. Thus, the team has conducted all-inclusive investigations against a group of servicemen, who tortured alleged suspects to death, while interviewing them without proper authority and in violation of the criminal procedural rules, from May through June 2017.To recap, a criminal case was initiated by the Azerbaijan Military Prosecutor's Office under the relevant articles of the Criminal Code in connection with the unlawful actions of some servicemen of the military units of the Defense Ministry based in Tartar, Aghdam, and Beylagan districts, committed in May-June 2017, which consisted of the interrogation of persons suspected of committing illegal actions, the use of physical and psychological violence, torture, an inhuman and degrading treatment that led to death and other grave consequences. Culture Ministry names winners of sculpture competition Arts & Entertainment Wed, 07 Dec 2022 17:34:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Culture Ministry has announced the winners of the sculpture competition held within the Year of Shusha, Azernews reports.The competition aims to promote Shusha's cultural legacy through sculptural monuments.Some 47 works were submitted for the competition. Xanlar Ahmadov (Khan Shushinski project) and Zakir Ahmadov (Victory Road) took first place.The second place went to Zamik Rzayev (Great Return), and Gulara Nabiyeva (Wings of Freedom), while Farid Mammadov (Our time) placed third.The ministry also distinguished ten sculptors Jalil Garyagdi (Natavan), Namig Huseynov (Memory), Mushfig Heydarov (Khari Bulbul), Mushfig Heydarov (khananda, i.e. mugham singer), a joint project by Ramiz Huseynov, Xanlar Ahmadov (Panahali Khan) and others. The full list of winners is available here.Founded by Panahali Khan in 1752, the city is replete with historical marvels exuding the epitome of the country's history. Shusha, known as the pearl of Karabakh, is one of the symbols of Azerbaijan's history and culture. The ancient monuments in Shusha offer an insight into the city's history and culture.Azerbaijan's cultural capital is home to some fascinating sights like Shusha Castle, Bulbul's House-Museum, Yuxari Govhar Aga Mosque, Asagi Govhar Aga Mosque, etc.Considering its historical and cultural significance, the city of Shusha has been declared the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in 2023. Iran transfers modern missile systems to Armenia World news Wed, 07 Dec 2022 17:27:00 +0400 By TrendIran transferred modern missile systems to Armenia, Trend reports on December 7.In October this year, Iran secretly sent 600 Iranian-made missiles to be updated Support for terrorism in Azerbaijan most often done through bank transfers – official Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 17:15:00 +0400 By TrendSupport for terrorists in Azerbaijan is most often done through bank transfers, Chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliament's Defense, Security and Counter-Corruption Committee Ziyafat Askarov said on December 7, Trend reports.Askarov made the remark during the discussion of the bill "On targeted financial sanctions" at a joint meeting of the Committee for Economic Policy, Industries and Enterprising and the Defense, Security and Counter-Corruption Committee.The new draft law "On counter-terrorism financing" was considered at today's joint meeting of the parliamentary committees. Azerbaijani ministry denies fake news on dismissal of Aztelekom's CEO Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 17:08:00 +0400 By TrendThe news spread in the local media on the dismissal of Azerbaijani Aztelekom's LLC CEO Klaus Mueller is fake, the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan told Trend.According to the ministry, Mueller is still holding the CEO position at the company. Port of Baku joins UN Global Compact to contribute to SDGs implementation Business Wed, 07 Dec 2022 16:51:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC (Port of Baku) has been accepted as a member of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact joining the 18 other seaports and port management companies under the initiative of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and adopting socially responsible policies, Azernews reports.Through her welcome letter, UN Global Compact Executive Director, UN Assistant Secretary-General Sanda Ojiambo has kindly recognized and congratulated the Port of Baku on this acceptance of participation, and highlighted the UN system’s support of the efforts of the port to embrace the ten universal principles of the UN Global Compact and contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.By joining the UN Global Compact, the Port of Baku will closely cooperate with the specialized UN Agencies in the port’s ongoing and perspective sustainability efforts to identify strategies and actions to make the international corridors green, sustainable and resilient in order to strengthen global connectivity.Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, the Port of Baku’s achievements in the implementation of exemplary solutions for digitalization, operational efficiency and sustainable development have been also endorsed by various prominent international institutions.In this regard, the port has become the first Green Port (EcoPort) in the region to develop a zero-emissions 2035 Climate Change Action Plan and received the European Seaports Organization’s EcoPort certificate in 2019, which was successfully re-certified in 2021.Such green initiatives of the Port of Baku promote environmental awareness amongst the ports of the Caspian region and help Azerbaijan reach sustainable development targets.As of today, with more than 14,000 companies in over 160 countries, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. The UN Global Compact helps businesses to set and fulfill their sustainability agenda by enabling them to connect, learn, lead, communicate, and be recognized for their progress across supply chains, industries and development areas locally, regionally, and globally.The Port of Baku, as a central logistics and transportation hub of the region, formally strives to align its own operational principals as well as influence its supply chain to adhere to sustainable business practices, hence, contribute to the global sustainable development agenda. The port’s ambition and actions aimed to contribute to eleven of the seventeen SDGs are formally incorporated in its mission statement and action plans. ICOMOS delegation visits liberated territories Arts & Entertainment Wed, 07 Dec 2022 16:40:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaInternational Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) delegation and cultural heritage experts visited Azerbaijan's Karabakh region, Azernews reports, citing Azertac.The visit to liberated territories was held within an international conference on "UNESCO conventions' role in preserving cultural values and aspects of improving their application".The conference was co-organized by Azerbaijan National Commission for UNESCO, ICOMOS Azerbaijan National Committee, ICOM Azerbaijan National Committee, and the ADA University.The delegation was accompanied by Senior Advisor to the Special Representative of the Azerbaijani President in the Karabakh Economic Region (except for Shusha) Araz Imanov and Secretary General of the ICOMOS Azerbaijan National Committee Rashad Aliyev.As part of the visit, the ICOMOS delegation and cultural heritage experts viewed the Imarat complex, the Alley of Martyrs, the ruins of the Aghdam Dramatic Theater, Juma Mosque, Shahbulagh Castle, and the Giyasli Mosque in Aghdam.The guests were given detailed information about the history of Aghdam. It was noted that before the Armenian occupation, Aghdam was one of the largest and most developed cities not only in the Karabakh region but also in the republic.After occupying Agdam on July 23, 1993, Armenians looted, destroyed, and burned residential houses, public buildings, schools, cultural centers, kindergartens, hospitals, and industrial enterprises in the city.Cemeteries and historical and cultural monuments were also subjected to Armenian vandalism.The delegation that got acquainted with Armenian vandalism in Aghdam and left for Fuzuli. Uzbek Cinema Days starting in Baku today Arts & Entertainment Wed, 07 Dec 2022 16:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaUzbek Cinema Days are starting in Baku today, Azernews reports.The days are organized by the Uzbek Cinema Agency in partnership with Azerbaijan Culture Ministry and the Uzbek Embassy in Baku.The grand opening will take place at Nizami Cinema Center on December 7 at 1800.The guests will be shown Eternal Friendship and Brotherhood movie.The films Maksud Shaikhzoda and 101 Flight will be screened on December 8.Another two films, Baron 2 and The Fate of a Woman will be shown on December 9. Entrance to the cinema is free.Over recent years, Azerbaijan's relations with the countries of Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, have entered a new stage of development.Over the past year, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan has reached a new level.In August, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev awarded Uzbek singer Nasiba Abdullayeva the honorary title of People's Artist of Azerbaijan.The singer was awarded for her merits in the strengthening of cultural bonds between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.In November, the Azerbaijani Culture Center in Uzbekistan celebrated the 80th anniversary of the People's Artist of Azerbaijan and the USSR Muslim Magomayev.Public and cultural figures got acquainted with the exhibition of works dedicated to the prominent singer.At the event, Uzbek opera singer Khursand Sherov was awarded a special diploma of the Azerbaijani Culture Center and the Azerbaijani Embassy in Uzbekistan for popularizing Muslim Magomayev's music.To note, Khursand Sherov performed Muslim Magomayev's songs while making a bicycle tour around the world.He also cycled 14,000 km from Tashkent to Baku to pay tribute to Muslim Magomayev.Relations between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan will continue to consistently develop in all areas. Azerbaijani Parliament puts up for discussion bill on targeted financial sanctions Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 16:13:00 +0400 By TrendA bill 'On targeted financial sanctions' in Azerbaijan was put up for discussion at a joint meeting of the Azerbaijani Parliament’s committees on defense, security and combating corruption and the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry and Entrepreneurship, held on December 7, Trend be updated Azerbaijan to see strong demand for its crude as EU oil price cap on Russia kicks in Business Wed, 07 Dec 2022 15:40:00 +0400 By TrendEU approved price cap of $60 per barrel for Russia’s oil supplies, which came in force from December 5, has not yet shown its full impact.The initial restriction concern only seaborne oil from Russia, while, from February 5, a cap on refined petroleum products will be set. However, the embargo does not apply to Russia’s oil imports coming to the EU through pipelines. The Druzhba oil pipeline exports still remain.As Charles Michel, President of the European Council, said, the ban covers more than two-thirds of Russian oil imports coming into the bloc.The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest market review said that, before the ban kicks in, the EU needs to switch an additional 1.3 million barrels per day of seaborne and pipeline volumes. At the same time, the IEA also predicts the cut of 1.4 million barrels per day in Russia’s oil production next year.Thus, this price cap has created numerous uncertainties and logistical challenges for the global energy market.As Allan Mustard, co-founder and co-head of the Trans-Caspian Resources energy startup, Former US Ambassador to Turkmenistan, told Trend, it remains to be seen whether price caps will have any impact at all.“Speaking generally, embargoes disrupt normal trade flows, so naturally prices tend to rise. Bear in mind that the refined product embargo doesn’t take effect until February 5th. For the oil embargo, which took effect December 5th, it remains to be seen if this takes supply out of the market. There are alternatives that Russia may use, such as using “dark fleet” tankers, similar to how Iran and Venezuela have sold oil under sanction. If supply comes off the market, the impact on refined products will depend on whether alternative supplies come on the market (e.g., from OPEC or others) to make up for lost oil,” he said.According to Mustard, there will be no impact on refining until we see an actual reduction in supply, which will reduce the use of refining.“If that happens, I would expect prices to rise. This is about displacement in the market and the ability of other countries/companies to make up the difference, which is typical of embargoes,” he explained.As for the impact on Azerbaijan’s oil exports, the ambassador pointed out that the demand for Azerbaijani crude will be stronger.“This sequence of events justifies the far-sighted investment in the Baku-Tbilis-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline and in the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), and in my view justifies additional investment in similar infrastructure that will allow larger exports of Caspian Basin hydrocarbons to the West,” he said.Mustard noted, that, although the deployment of renewable energy sources, which is also envisaged in Azerbaijan’s strategy for upcoming years, is fast, it will not be able to fully replace hydrocarbons for at least another thirty years, and Europe in the meantime doesn’t want either to freeze in the winter or shut down its industries.Meanwhile, according to the State Customs Committee, almost 22,682,798 tons of crude oil and oil products worth $17.180 billion were exported from Azerbaijan from January through October 2022, compared to 23,800,444 tons ($11.220 billion) over the same period of 2021.Thus, Azerbaijan's revenue from the export of crude oil and oil products increased by 53.1 percent year-on-year.The share of crude oil and oil products in Azerbaijan's total exports in the reporting period amounted to 49.49 percent, compared to 66.59 percent a year earlier. Azerbaijani, Turkish defense ministers award servicemen involved in Fraternal Fist military ... Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 15:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Fatima HasanovaAs part of the joint exercises between Azerbaijan and Turkiye, on December 6, the military personnel received awards on Distinguished Visitors Day, Azernews reports, citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.Azerbaijani Defense Minister Col-Gen Zakir Hasanov and Turkiye's National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar awarded a group of Azerbaijani and Turkish servicemen who excelled themselves in the military exercises.Addressing the servicemen Akar praised his participation in the Distinguished Visitors Day along with the chief of the General Staff and other commanders. The Turkish minister highlighted the importance of strong armies amid increasing threats and dangers worldwide.“In the face of growing threats and dangers around the world, the security of our countries and nations can only be ensured by having a strong army," Akar said.Hulusi Akar emphasized that Turkiye always supports Azerbaijan and is ready to stand as one against any threats or provocations, adding that Azerbaijan's friends are also Turkiye's friends and Azerbaijan's enemies are Turkiye's enemies as well.In his speech, Col-Gen Zakir Hasanov expressed his joy at seeing Turkish service members in Azerbaijan. The minister stressed that all types of troops fulfilled their duties at a high level during the military drills.“Following the 44-day Second Karabakh War, under the instruction of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, the country has been carrying out reforms to bring the Azerbaijani Army in line with the model of the Turkish Armed Forces. We are fortunate because the Turkish Armed Forces are one of the world's leading armies. As one nation, two states, we are effectively using this chance. Our brotherhood is eternal. Long live the Turkiye-Azerbaijan brotherhood!” the minister emphasized.To recap, on December 6, Azerbaijan hosted "Fraternal Fist" joint exercises with representatives of the Turkish military forces. The exercises involving servicemen from different types of troops, combat and special engineer-sapper equipment, as well as military jets of the Azerbaijani and the Turkish Air Forces held in Baku city, as well as Astara, Jabrayil, and Imishli districts on the border with Iran. Under the scenario, units of the Land Forces, Air Forces, Special Forces, Engineering Troops, Rocket, and Artillery Troops of the Azerbaijani Army jointly with the Turkish servicemen performed various combat training tasks. Azerbaijan, WB discuss social protection issues Business Wed, 07 Dec 2022 15:11:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe World Bank (WB) has organized a virtual roundtable on “Social protection in time of crisis and recovery” with the participation of heads of social protection agencies from different countries, Azernews reports.During the event, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Labour and Social Protection Minister Anar Karimov spoke about the large-scale measures implemented in Azerbaijan during the pandemic to support employment and social protection of the population.He noted that these measures include work on job and wage protections, the creation of new publicly funded jobs, and the expansion of a self-employment program that supports vulnerable groups’ access to small businesses, as well as the implementation of lump sum payments, etc.Moreover, the deputy minister mentioned those innovative and digital solutions are widely used, which increase the convenience of access to public social services and the accessibility of these services, as well as ensure transparency. In this regard, he added that new social service centers for vulnerable populations have been created.Anar Karimov also noted that currently, Azerbaijan provides 11 social services electronically, adding that half of them are realized in a proactive manner.Additionally, he spoke about the sustainable social protection system in Azerbaijan and its goals in this area.Azerbaijan joined the WB in 1992. Since then, the bank has financed over 50 projects with total commitments of $4.4 billion. It started economic cooperation in Azerbaijan to help increase the country’s institutional capacity and build efficient oil reserves management. The WB has always supported the large-scale reforms carried out in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan Fashion Week presents dazzling fashion looks Arts & Entertainment Wed, 07 Dec 2022 14:47:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaDazzling fashion collections have been demonstrated within the 13th season of the Azerbaijan Fashion Week, Azernews reports, citing Trend Life.The fashion week was devoted to the 30th anniversary of the Azerbaijani-Kazakh diplomatic relations.Speaking at the event, Kazakh Ambassador to Azerbaijan Serzhan Abdikarimov praised the dynamic development of the historical ties between the two nations. He also stressed the importance of the constant participation of Kazakh designers at the Azerbaijani Fashion Week for the mutual enrichment of cultures and traditions.In support of his words, Shogy brand from the city of Aktau showed Kazakh traditional gowns in all their beauty.Sayat Dossybayev's collection Nomade was no less impressive.The fashion collection consisted of male and female looks from eco-leather adorned with oriental prints and embroideries. Following the chosen style, the brand demonstrated what a 21st-century nomad should look like.Famed Azerbaijani designer Faxriyya Xalafova was inspired by her participation in the Venice Film Festival.The designer was captivated by the centuries-old architecture of Venice and devoted her collection to this majestic city.By special invitation, the show was also attended by the official master of the ceremony of the Venice Carnival, Maurizio Agosti.The youngest participants of this season, 3-16-year old models appeared on the catwalk dressed in stylish outfits from Xari BulBul Model Agency.Young models demonstrated both evening dresses and tracksuits from the Meshque brand.At the end of the fashion show, all models took to the podium in Azerbaijani national costumes and raised the flags of fraternal countries - Azerbaijan, Turkiye, and Pakistan.Three debut collections at once were shown as part of a group show of Manzar Zakizada Fashion school graduates. Roya Bashirova, Ramilya Mehdiyeva, and Sultan Mammadova demonstrated collections in different stylistic solutions - from elegant hijabs to classic red velvet evening dresses and dresses with pop art illustrations.The show of the Uzbek brand Irina Diosa featured a fantastic dress inspired by the mythical Huma bird, known as one of the symbols of Uzbekistan. The designer's mother and granddaughter Jalin Palatkina worked on the collection.Bright outfits from the classic Uzbek adras fabric were decorated with additional elements of macrame and beads.Next, the Azerbaijani brand La Shyla presented a collection of women's underwear.The event was closed by the Kazakh brand Asheri, which chose modest fashion as its main activity - modest, decent fashion.A few years ago, this concept was closely associated with Islamic fashion, but today we can safely say that this segment also attracts women of other faiths and life views - those who choose delicate and modest outfits for personal reasons. However, the founders of the brand, sisters Aliya Sanbayeva, and Aigul Bekkaliyeva, do not hide the fact that they are also inspired by such well-known world brands as Saint Laurent.After the fashion shows, the embassy of Kazakhstan in Azerbaijan organized a special reception in honor of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.As part of the reception, AFW General Producer Sayat Dossybayev was awarded a special diploma for his personal contribution to the strengthening of friendly relations between fraternal peoples.Notably, Sayat Dossybayev is also the founder of Kazakhstan Fashion Week. Thanks to his work, Azerbaijan Fashion Week has become a meeting venue for the fashion designers of the two countries.The day ended with a party at the Ruby 360 club.Photo Credits: Adil YusifovMedia partners of the event are Azernews.Az, Trend.Az, Day.Az and Milli.Az. Azerbaijani, Russian foreign ministers mull Karabakh, peace deal with Armenia in Moscow Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 14:29:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Fatima HasanovaOn December 5, the Azerbaijani and Russian foreign ministers discussed Baku's call for monitoring of the ecological situation in Karabakh, Azernews reports."Azerbaijan welcomes the participation of Russian companies in the restoration of the liberated territories," Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said at a press conference following a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.Azerbaijan has earlier sent specialists to investigate the illicit exploitation of mineral resources on the Xankandi-Shusha road.Employees of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the State Property Service under the Ministry of Economy, and AzerGold CJSC went to the Azerbaijani territory under the temporary control of the Russian peacekeepers and continued negotiations with the command of peacekeepers at their headquarters in Xojali (Khojaly)."Azerbaijan is actively restoring the territories liberated from occupation. During this year, numerous missions of Russian business delegations were carried out to these territories. We welcome the participation of Russian companies in the restoration of the liberated territories," Bayramov said.The minister noted that at his meeting in Moscow with Lavrov, the need to promote the North-South project was discussed separately."We believe that the potential of this project and the transit route is much greater," Bayramov said.The ministers expressed serious concerns and discontent over the illicit exploitation of minerals as part of illegal economic activities carried out in Azerbaijan's territories, where Russian peacekeeping forces are temporarily deployed, as well as over the resulting environmental and other consequences. The sides emphasized the importance of monitoring and inventorying property, as well as conducting ecological studies at deposits where illegal mining is carried out.To recap, on December 5, a meeting was held between Azerbaijani and Russian Foreign Ministers Jeyhun Bayramov and Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. At the meeting, the foreign ministers discussed the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on the most pressing aspects of the regional and international agenda, including the issues of normalizing relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani Ombudswoman calls on in'tl community to take legal action against Armenian vandalism Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 13:31:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliAzerbaijani Human Rights Commissioner Sabina Aliyeva called on international and national communities to take legal responsibility against Armenia in regard to the destruction of Azerbaijani graves in the liberated Zangilan District, Azernews reports per Ombudswoman’s Office.A video of deliberately destroyed by Armenians of Azerbaijani graves and tombstones in a cemetery was posted on social networks, the statement elaborated.“We strongly condemn the destruction and desecration of religious monuments and cemeteries in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, as well as the mining of these territories, and once again call on regional and international organizations, and national human rights institutions to take the necessary measures to establish international legal responsibility against the military and political leadership of Armenia guilty of committing such numerous acts of vandalism,” the ombudswoman said.Further, she stated that all these facts convincingly prove that Armenia's military-political leadership carries out a policy of hatred, enmity, intolerance, and vandalism against Azerbaijan on ethnic and religious grounds for many years.She pointed out that the brutal destruction of the graves of Azerbaijanis is a gross violation of the requirements of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in Time of Armed Conflict, the 1972 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and the 1954 European Cultural Convention.During Armenia's three-decade-long occupation, some 900 cemeteries with over a million graves were decimated. Azerbaijani gravestones were even used to build stairs to Armenian homes. Car plates of killed and displaced Azerbaijanis were used to decorate public restrooms. Overall, during the 30-year-long occupation 927 libraries with 4.6 million books, 700 historical monuments, and 22 museums with 100,000 exhibits were looted and destroyed by Armenia. The latter looted and erased more heritage than ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. It is the worst cultural genocide of the XXI century, the ombudswoman said.To erase all traces of Azerbaijani culture and history, Armenia systematically destroyed cultural and historical monuments. Out of 67 mosques, 65 were desecrated and destroyed. Many mosques were turned into pigsties and cowsheds like the Juma Mosque of Agdam (1870), Zangilan Mosque (17th century), and Marmar Mosque (18th century) in Gubadli. Azerbaijani chefs showcase samples of gastronomic tourism in Luxembourg Arts & Entertainment Wed, 07 Dec 2022 13:13:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan's gastronomic tourism opportunities have been demonstrated for the first time at the World Culinary Cup in Luxembourg and the 14th International Expogast Gastronomy Festival, Azernews reports.In Luxembourg, national chefs presented traditional food in a completely new way.The mouth-watering dishes were presented at the stand organized by the Azerbaijani National Culinary Center and the State Tourism Board.Food demonstrations, held under the slogan "Let's unite", were highly appreciated by international experts.The Azerbaijani stands displayed visual images reflecting the country's tourism potential.Over 100 international teams competed for various prizes during 5 days at the World Culinary Cup held by Vatel Club Luxembourg.The unique platform accredited by the World Association of Chefs' Societies (Worldchefs) presents new movements and trends in gastronomy by bringing together more than 8,000 professional chefs.Within the framework of the event, deputy chairman of the State Tourism Agency Azada Huseynova met with Worldchefs President Thomas Gugler and presented him a Malibayli carpet of the Karabakh carpet-weaving school.Azada Huseynova discussed prospects of cooperation with Thomas Gugler and met with Singapore Chefs Association's leadership to exchange views on Azerbaijan's representation at Worldchefs Congress and Expo 2024 in Singapore. Azerbaijani oil prices decrease Business Wed, 07 Dec 2022 12:54:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta decreased by $5 on December 6 compared to the previous price, amounting to $82.09 per barrel, Trend reports referring to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan amounted to $79.21 per barrel, down by $5 as compared to the previous price.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 equaled $45.99 per barrel, decreasing by $7.01 as compared to the previous price.Meanwhile, the cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea, decreased by $5.06, compared to the previous price, and made up $80.53 per barrel on December 6.The official currency for December 7 is 1.7 AZN/1 USD. President Ilham Aliyev receives Governor of Russia's Astrakhan Oblast [UPDATE] Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 12:41:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Governor of the Astrakhan region of the Russian Federation Igor Babushkin.The head of state praised Azerbaijan`s fruitful cooperation with separate federal subjects of the Russian Federation, including the Astrakhan region, and emphasized the role of this cooperation in developing Azerbaijan-Russia relations. Saying that the bilateral relations with Russia have successfully developed in 2022, President Ilham Aliyev stressed the importance of reciprocal visits and the interregional forum held in Baku in this regard. Touching upon the existence of traditional neighborly relations between Azerbaijan and the Astrakhan region, the head of state lauded the implementation of cooperation plans.Expressing gratitude for the warm words, Igor Babushkin noted that the cooperation of the Astrakhan region of the Russian Federation with Azerbaijan continues successfully, and described the 4-fold increase in cargo transportation according to the results of the ninth months of this year as a good sign of the bilateral relations. He also pointed out that the range of export and import products has expanded. Noting the significance of the interregional forum held in Baku, the governor underlined that cooperation between the Astrakhan region and Azerbaijan contributes to the expansion of Azerbaijan-Russia ties.During the meeting, the sides touched on the importance of the projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the Astrakhan region, adding that a number of events will be held in Astrakhan next year to mark the 100th anniversary of the national leader.During the conversation, they also discussed humanitarian cooperation.Then a photo was taken. Azerbaijan's multiculturalism promoted in Brussels Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 12:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Fatima HasanovaOn December 5, at a conference in Brussels, Belgium, the importance of applying the Azerbaijani model of multiculturalism in Europe was emphasized, Azernews reports.A conference was held in Brussels on the theme “Promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue for the sake of a secure world”, organized jointly by the European Reform Foundation New Direction, the Institute for Religious Freedom and Security in Europe, the Foundation for New Directions in European Reforms, on the joint initiative of the State Committee for the Work with religious formations of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Baku International Center for Multiculturalism, as well as the Azerbaijani embassy in Belgium.The Azerbaijani and European experts who took part in the conference discussed joint responses to such important challenges of our time as increasing intolerance in Europe, the abuse of religion for political purposes, such global challenges of our time as xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia, which pose a serious threat to peace, security, and social unity.In their opinion, such challenges more than usual require the unification and strengthening of efforts at the international level to create a strong dialogue between religions and cultures in order to promote cultural diversity, interreligious and inter-civilizational dialogue, and understanding between different religions, as well as tolerance.The main speaker was former British MEP Sajjid Karim, who in 2004 became the first Asian-British to be elected to the European Parliament, cited synagogues in Baku he saw during his recent visit to Azerbaijan. According to him, such places do not need protection at all.“Given this fact, we can safely say about religious tolerance in Azerbaijan and what we can learn from this country,” Karim said.Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Siyavush Heydarov, Ambassador of our country to Belgium Vagif Sadikhov, Executive Director of the Baku International Center for Multiculturalism Ravan Hasanov spoke about the model of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan, shared their experience in religious and intercultural harmony, coexistence.Another speaker at the session on the role of religion in the modern world was Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis. He told the participants in the event that Azerbaijan is an example to follow.“Even in the most difficult period, this country has been a center of religious tolerance, especially towards the Jewish community. I am happy to report that this attitude continues today. Europe and Europeans are becoming more and more secular, but radical religion continues to define our society and we cannot ignore it. That's why it's so important to support moderate religion,” Goldschmidt said.At the event, the conference participants received greetings from the chairman of the Board of Muslims of the Caucasus, Sheikh ul-Islam Allahsukur Pasazada.Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Daniel Holtgen also addressed the meeting. He said that according to the latest data, about 25 percent of people in Europe do not identify themselves with any particular religion.“At the same time, the number of hate crimes against religious minorities is on the rise,” he said.The conference discussed issues of combating crimes motivated by anti-Semitism, intolerance against Islam and other religions in the world, and especially in Europe. The experts from various European countries who took part in the conference highly appreciated the model of Azerbaijan and stressed that this is an example for every country.It was noted that incidents of discrimination remain problems for many societies and often escalate from hate speech to violence up to armed conflicts. In this context, interreligious and intercultural dialogue is an important means to counter and eliminate mutual accusations.It was brought to the attention that the importance of eliminating all forms of intolerance and discrimination against religion and beliefs, as well as promoting peace and non-violence is recognized at the global level and reflected in the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly.It was emphasized that Azerbaijan is a faithful defender of multiculturalism and is making important efforts to actively promote these values. Along with the fact that multiculturalism has been a way of life in Azerbaijan for centuries, it is also an important part of state policy.The participants were informed that in order to promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Azerbaijan, numerous international events were held in Baku, such as the UN Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, the World Summit of Religious Leaders, the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, the Baku International Humanitarian Forum.The conference created favorable conditions for deepening cooperation in the field of multiculturalism, discussing views on the prospects for interreligious dialogue, and exchanging experiences. Azerbaijani conductor to join Beijing Forum for Performing Arts Arts & Entertainment Wed, 07 Dec 2022 11:44:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani conductor Honored Artist Ayyub Guliyev will take part in Beijing Forum for Performing Arts 2022, Azernews reports.The forum titled "Restoring the Performing Arts - Tradition and Innovation" will be held in Beijing, China on December 8-9.President of the National Center for the Performing Arts of China ( NCPA) Wang Ning invited the musical director and the principal conductor of the Azerbaijani State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater to take part in the forum along with the heads of the world-famous opera houses.Ayyub Guliyev will address the forum virtually highlighting the work of the Azerbaijani theater in the post-pandemic period, especially new ballet productions like Nizami, Babek as well as Orpheus and Eurydice, the first baroque opera in the theater's repertoire.Notably, the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater became an official member of the World Center for Performing Arts (WCPA) in September.Beijing Forum for Performing Arts aims to build an open and multilateral platform for exchange and to facilitate mutually beneficial cooperation among members.BFPA adheres to the principles of openness, inclusiveness, mutual respect, equal cooperation, and mutual benefit. Azerbaijani president commissions Academician Xoshbaxt Yusifzada tanker [UPDATE] Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 11:28:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended a ceremony to launch the “Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzade” tanker built at Baku Shipyard by the order of the “Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping” Closed Joint-Stock Company.Chairman of the “Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping” Closed Joint-Stock Company Rauf Valiyev reported to President Ilham Aliyev and said: Welcome, Mr. President, the newly built “Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzade” ship is ready for operation.President Ilham Aliyev: Hello. Nice to meet you. I made this decision about three years ago, and the ship is now ready.Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzade: Yes, it is!The head of state was informed that the “Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzade” tanker with a carrying capacity of 7,800 tons measures 141 meters in length and 16.9 meters in width. The permanent crew of the tanker consists of 15 people.The construction of the tanker started in August, 2019. The ship is supplied with equipment from well-known manufacturers such as “Wärtsilä Finland Oy” (Finland), “Wärtsilä Svanehøj A/S” (Norway), “Carrier” (US), “Gürdesan Gemi Mak.San” ve “Tic. A.?.” (Turkiye), “Tranzas” (Norway) and “Alfa Laval” (Sweden).The new tanker is the third of four tankers built at Baku Shipyard.x x xKhoshbakht Yusifzade: Look how many balloons there are!President Ilham Aliyev: In your honor. Almost three years ago, we celebrated your birthday anniversary.Khoshbakht Yusifzade: It has been about three years, not much left.President Ilham Aliyev: It was January 2020, the anniversary event.Khoshbakht Yusifzade: On 14 January. A month or two is left for three years.President Ilham Aliyev: It is one month away.Khoshbakht Yusifzade: One and a half months.President Ilham Aliyev: I said back then that I had made the decision that the next ship would be named after Khoshbakht Yusifzade. It was a surprise for everyone, including Khoshbakht Yusifzade. He did not know what my gift would be, and this is my gift to you.Khoshbakht Yusifzade: You see, I have dedicated my entire life to the sea. I am very grateful to you. Dear Mr. President, you have really shown how much you value me. This is an incredible gift. It is a testament to your respect not only for me, but also for all oil workers. In general, you worked alongside us for 10 years back then. Even after you become President, your attention to us is still there. All our achievements are associated with you. You are proud of everyone and are paying attention to us.Let me also tell you that after Mr. Heydar Aliyev became the leader of Azerbaijan in 1969, he took interest in all fields. He was interested in every sphere, including our oil workers. At that time, deposits were discovered in all areas with a water depth of 40 meters, but the shipping company had no ships. He quickly bought more than 400 ships, crane barges and cargo vessels. All of these made it possible to discover Azeri, Chirag and Gunashli, the fields now famous all over the world. Indeed, Mr. Heydar Aliyev seemed to see the future several years ahead. He really did a lot.Thank you very much. You have done a tremendous job. It is one of my happiest days today. I could expect anything, but to have a ship named after me – by God, I could not even dream of that ever happening.President Ilham Aliyev: This is only fair.Khoshbakht Yusifzade: And it is a tanker. The thing is, you know, I have been on board of almost every vessel, including a tanker. Because it was impossible to get away on another ship in windy weather. We used tankers to do that. Dear Mr. President, if we were to compare the human body to the oil industry, shipping would be its legs. Without shipping, we could do nothing at sea. Whatever we have discovered at sea, whatever we have done and whatever we are doing, all these are related to shipping. Because we couldn't do anything in the water without this. The difference between this and other types of shipping, maritime shipping, is that the latter go directly from one port to another, but this one goes out to the open sea and can approach platforms. Therefore, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you, to this entire team. This is a huge job.What else can I say? Again, this is one of my happiest days. How can I thank you, how can I ever express my gratitude?President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you, Mr. Yusifzade.Khoshbakht Yusifzade: There is not much more I can do, but I know that I like you very much. I will not forget Mr. Heydar Aliyev or you until I die. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you, Mr. Yusifzade. You mentioned the contributions of Heydar Aliyev. In the 1970s, a new era of Azerbaijan's oil industry began, and you remember those days quite vividly as someone who was involved in that work. As a result of Heydar Aliyev's initiative, a new impetus was given to the development of oil and gas fields in the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan. Among those things, as you remember very well, it was on Heydar Aliyev's initiative and, I would even say, on his insistence that the Deep Water Jackets Factory was built. It was originally expected to be built in Astrakhan, but when he found out about that, he appealed to the senior officials of the Soviet government and proved that the most suitable place for the construction of the Deep Water Jackets Factory was Baku, Azerbaijan. Why? Because Baku was the center of the entire oil and gas industry of the Caspian Sea, and he succeeded.You may also remember how important it was to have this Deep Water Jackets Factory here when we started working on the Contract of the Century. Because if it hadn’t been for this factory, the execution of all our contracts could have delayed by 5-10 years perhaps. So he did it at the right time, and during the years of independence, as people implementing Heydar Aliyev's oil strategy, we worked together with you and other associates on the Contract of the Century. We always remember those days. The foundation of today's developing and strengthening Azerbaijan was laid back then. If that contract had not been signed, we would not have had any revenues. Where there are no revenues, there can be no talk of any development.Today, we are creating new transport infrastructure facilities, very much in line with the policy of the Great Leader. The foundation for the creation of this tanker was laid with the commissioning of a shipyard nine years ago. I made that decision and we achieved it. At that time, some people thought it was not necessary because we were buying ships and tankers from other countries. But I knew that it would be of great importance. Now we do not depend on anyone. We have both a professional team and experience. Therefore, all construction work here is carried out by local specialists. We can build several tankers, bulk carriers, Ro-Ro ships, and ferries every year. I think it is only fair that this ship is named after you. This is a rare and perhaps even a unique situation when a ship is named after a person during his lifetime. But this is only fair. You know that I have great respect for you – as a specialist, as a legendary oil worker and as a wonderful person. The fact that you are here with us today inspires many people that even at this age a person can be as cheerful. You are in good health and inspire us all to do better things with your optimism. Congratulations, Mr. Yusifzade.Khoshbakht Yusifzade: Thank you very much.President Ilham Aliyev: I said at the anniversary event that we would inaugurate this tanker together. This day has come.Khoshbakht Yusifzade: You have done such a lot. Also, it is indeed a great honor for all of us here that you are taking part in the commissioning of the tanker. We all express our gratitude to you. Thank you very much.President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you.Khoshbakht Yusifzade: I am cutting the ribbon together with the President. Can this ever be forgotten?President Ilham Aliyev: Congratulations!***Then President Ilham Aliyev and Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzade cut the ribbon as a symbol of commissioning the tanker. Azerbaijan names leading problem-solving structure on oversight platform Business Wed, 07 Dec 2022 11:25:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliThe Baku City Executive Authorities is a leading agency that solves issues registered on the online public oversight platform, Representative of Azerbaijan’s MG Consulting LLC Hamlet Babayev said.Babayev made the remark during a roundtable on the results of work under the platform.According to him, the top three structures include Azersu OJSC and the Interior Ministry."As of today, the total number of appeals to the Baku City Executive Authorities within the online platform is 373, of which 265 have already been satisfied," he added.Further, Babayev noted that the overall number of appeals to Azersu water supply company within the online platform is 237, and the overall number of appeals within the online public control platform in Azerbaijan totaled 4,789.The mentioned platform aims to convey issues of public concern related to public utilities, road, and infrastructure, renovation, etc. to the relevant authorities to resolve them. Azerbaijani companies to visit Dagestan with business mission Business Wed, 07 Dec 2022 11:04:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadRepresentatives of Azerbaijani companies will visit Dagestan with a business mission from December 7 - 11, Azernews reports.Dagestani Export Support Center Head Ruslan Abaskuliev stated that the delegation will include companies engaged in tourism, sales of electrical appliances, the food industry, the real estate sector, as well as the production of building materials.It is planned that the delegation will hold a meeting with the acting mayor of Makhachkala, Rizvan Gazimagomedov, and visit a number of local companies and enterprises in order to establish cooperation and ink export contracts.Azerbaijan and Russia cooperate in different sectors, such as the economy, agriculture, customs, communications, high technology, and others. Over 230 inter-governmental and inter-company documents have been signed between the two countries and six road maps are being implemented.Azerbaijan's investments in the Russian economy have exceeded $1.2 billion, with the majority of the investments being in the non-oil sector. In addition, Russian investments in Azerbaijan's economy totaled $6.3 billion with $5 billion in the oil sector and $1.3 billion in non-oil sectors.The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia amounted to $2.9 billion in 2021, making Russia Azerbaijan’s third-largest partner. Azerbaijani, Armenian deputy premiers meet in Moscow Politics Wed, 07 Dec 2022 10:43:00 +0400 Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian Deputy Prime Ministers Sahin Mustafayev, Mher Grigoryan, and Alexei Overchuk respectively held the XI meeting of the trilateral working group in Moscow, Azernews reports.The deputy prime ministers in particular underscored Russia's positive role in the settlement of the relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as in advancing efforts aimed at unblocking economic and transport ties between the two countries.The meeting participants discussed issues related to the construction of a railway connecting Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia, the development of railway communication as well as the organization of transportation."The parties will continue to work on the implementation of the tripartite statements on unblocking transport and economic ties in the region, signed by the leaders of Armenia, Russia, and Azerbaijan," the statement reads.To recap, Azerbaijan and Armenia expressed their gratitude to Russia for organizing the meeting. Khatai Arts Center showcases colorful watercolor painting Arts & Entertainment Wed, 07 Dec 2022 10:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Khatai Arts Center hosted a watercolor exhibition, showcasing 100 artworks from 76 artists, Azernews reports.The exhibition "Water and color harmony 2022" was held with the support of the Culture Ministry, the Union of Azerbaijani Artists, the State Art Gallery, the IWS Azerbaijani office, and the Khatai Watercolor Gallery.In his speech, Khatai Arts Center Director Zahid Avazov stressed the importance of the exhibition.Honored Art Worker, Ph.D. in Art Studies Ziyadxan Aliyev, IWS Azerbaijan office chairwoman Sabina Iskandar, the head of the Museum and Exposition Department at the State Art Gallery, Elchin Huseyn, shared their views of the exhibition.After the speeches, certificates were presented to the participants in the exhibition. The main purpose of the exhibition is to support the development of the watercolor genre in Azerbaijan as well as to contribute to increasing public interest in watercolor painting. The exhibition aroused great interest among the Khatai Arts Center visitors.Founded in 2012, the International Watercolor Society (IWS) has successfully integrated more than 100 branches worldwide. Through its activities centered on watercolor promotion, the society aims to promote brotherhood and peace. It also focuses on helping IWS branches develop affordable strategies for promoting art and watercolor in their own countries. Currency rates for December 7 Business Wed, 07 Dec 2022 10:09:00 +0400 By TrendThe official exchange rate of the US dollar and euro against Azerbaijani manat as of December 7, 2022, is set at 1.7 and 1.779 manat, respectively, Trend reports via Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).The manat rate to other global currencies for Wednesday according to the CBA:Currencies1 US dollarUSD1,71 EuroEUR1,77931 Australian dollarAUD1,13821 Argentine pesoARS0,011 Belarus rubleBYN0,67341 Brazil realBRL0,32461 UAE dirhamAED0,46281 South African randZAR0,0981100 South Korean wonKRW0,12941 Czech korunaCZK0,07321 Chilean pesoCLP0,19331 Chinese yuanCNY0,24351 Danish kroneDKK0,23921 Georgian lariGEL0,6321 Hong Kong dollarHKD0,21841 Indian rupeeINR0,02061 British poundGBP2,0633100 Indonesian rupiahIDR0,0109100 Iranian rialsIRR0,0041 Swedish kronaSEK0,16311 Swiss francCHF1,80421 Israeli shekelILS0,4961 Canadian dollarCAD1,24611 Kuwaiti dinarKWD5,5351 Kazakh tengeKZT0,00361 Kyrgyz somKGS0,0201100 Lebanese poundLBP0,1121 Malaysian ringgitMYR0,38581 Mexican pesoMXN0,0861 Moldovan leuMDL0,08731 Egyptian poundEGP0,0691 Norwegian kroneNOK0,1698100 Uzbek soumUZS0,01511 Polish zlotyPLN0,37921 Russian rubleRUB0,02671 Singapore dollarSGD1,25171 Saudi riyalSAR0,45221 SDR (Special Drawing Rights of IMF)XDR2,25441 Turkish liraTRY0,09121 Taiwan dollarTWD0,05551 Tajik somoniTJS0,16741 New Turkmen manatTMT0,48571 Ukrainian hryvniaUAH0,046100 Japanese yenJPY1,2381 New Zealand dollarNZD1,0748 France-Uzbekistan Business Council talks support to Uzbekistan's economy World news Wed, 07 Dec 2022 09:16:00 +0400 By TrendThe France-Uzbekistan Business Council continues to support Uzbek Government’s call to modernization and innovation in the economic field, Chief Operating Officer of the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF International) Bogdan Gadenne-Feertchak told Trend."The France-Uzbekistan Business Council with its Uzbek partners will continue supporting French companies willing to develop in Uzbekistan in 2023. They are growing in numbers, active in more diversified sectors and share the will to answer Uzbek Government’s call to modernization and innovation in the economic field," Gadenne-Feertchak said.According to him, France-Uzbekistan Business Council has maintained a high level of activity in 2022."The France-Uzbekistan Business Council’s new president, Claude Imauven, led an important business mission to Tashkent in July, a few days before the completion of the negotiations of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Uzbekistan and the EU. Several follow-up sessions focused were organized over the last weeks in Paris, e.g on Urban issues with the participation of the Vice-Minister of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction of Uzbekistan Ilkhom Norkulov, on energy and infrastructures project with the First Vice-Minister of Investment and Trade Laziz Kudratov, and another one on agriculture & agrofood businesses," Gadenne-Feertchak said.Chief Operating Officer further noted that on November 18-21, France-Uzbekistan Business Council welcomed an Uzbek official delegation expected in France on the occasion of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s visit."MEDEF International has hosted a large economic session on November 18, with the participation of Vice-Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Jamshid Khodjayev and his delegation," he said.According to him, decarbonization and energies, urban services’ and infrastructures’ modernization, agriculture and agro-food industries, tourism and privatizations remain some of the top-priorities of the business council."Our members also pay great attention to the will of Uzbek Government to further develop its local industry, to broadly implement new technologies and innovation and to reinforce country’s sovereignty and economic sustainability. As a part of our activities related to decarbonization and energies, the Hydrogen Task Force initiated formed by MEDEF International and France Hydrogène will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation with the Ministry of Innovation Development of Uzbekistan on November 18th on the sidelines of Mr. Mirziyoyev’s presidential visit to France," Gadenne-Feertchak said. US, EU try to find common ground on trade and technology Business Wed, 07 Dec 2022 08:19:00 +0400 By TrendThe United States and European Union agreed Monday to intensify talks to resolve EU concerns over major subsidies for American companies contained in a US clean energy law, Trend reports citing Euronews.Although no deal was reached at a meeting of the bilateral Trade and Technology Council, the two sides pledged to continue work on preliminary progress and said they would push for a solution that benefits both US and European firms, workers and consumers as well as the climate."We acknowledge the EU's concerns and underline our commitment to address them constructively," the two sides said in a joint statement after the meeting at the University of Maryland in College Park, located just outside Washington DC."We underline the TTC's role in achieving this and in supporting a successful and mutually supportive green transition with strong, secure, and diverse supply chains that benefit businesses, workers, and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic," it said.The dispute revolves around the US Inflation Reduction Act which offers about €357 billion in new and extended tax credits to help the US clean energy industry as well as buyers of qualifying electric vehicles made in North America. Oil prices rise after price cap on Russian crude, OPEC+ meeting Business Tue, 06 Dec 2022 23:11:00 +0400 By TrendOil prices edged higher on Tuesday, after a G7 price cap on Russian seaborne oil came into force on Monday on top of a European Union embargo on imports of Russian crude by sea, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.Brent crude futures had risen 66 cents to $83.34 a barrel by 0108 GMT. West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) rose 70 cents to $77.63 a barrel.Futures fell more than 3% in the previous session, after U.S. service sector data raised worries that the Federal Reserve could continue its aggressive policy tightening path.The price cap, to be enforced by the G7 nations, the European Union and Australia, comes on top of the EU's embargo on imports of Russian crude by sea and similar pledges by the United States, Canada, Japan and Britain.Meanwhile, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia, together called OPEC+, agreed on Sunday to stick to their October plan to cut output by 2 million barrels per day (bpd) beginning in November.The Group of Seven (G7) countries and Australia last week agreed on a $60 a barrel price cap on seaborne Russian oil.In China, more cities eased COVID curbs over the weekend, prompting optimism for increased demand in the world's top oil importer.Business and manufacturing activity in China, the world's second-largest economy, have been hit this year by strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. EU, Kazakhstan work on doubling capacity of TITR World news Tue, 06 Dec 2022 22:45:00 +0400 By TrendTraffic along the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), or so-called Middle Corridor, is expected to double by the end of this year, Maciej Adam Madalinski, Head of Political, Press and Information Section at the EU Delegation in Kazakhstan told Trend."Identifying and solving key issues, bottlenecks, and capacity shortages on this route would certainly greatly facilitate Europe-Asia transport links. Both Kazakhstan and the EU have a strong joint interest to ensure that these bottlenecks – be it for infrastructure, rolling stock, or legal and procedural issues – are addressed. To increase the attractiveness for private operators, procedures should be harmonized and red tape reduced," Madalinski said.According to the representative of the EU delegation, the development of transport connections between Europe and Central Asia must also contribute to the sustainable economic development of the entire Central Asian region, which is of key importance in the EU’s approach to regional connectivity."In their recent meeting in Astana on 27 October 2022, the Presidents of Central Asia countries and the President of the EU Council stressed the crucial importance of developing a regional vision of and cooperation in building sustainable connectivity between Central Asia and the EU, in line with the EU Global Gateway strategy and the national transport and transit development objectives of Central Asian countries," he added. Russia records 5,561 daily COVID cases, 59 deaths World news Tue, 06 Dec 2022 22:13:00 +0400 By TrendRussia’s COVID-19 case tally rose by 5,561 over the past day to 21,628,829, the anti-coronavirus crisis center reported on Tuesday, Trend reports with reference to TASS.A day earlier, 5,667 daily cases were recorded.As many as 1,471 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Russia over the past day, up 151.5% from a day earlier. The number of hospitalized patients decreased in five regions, while in 72 regions the figure increased. The situation remained unchanged in eight regions. A day earlier, 585 people were rushed to hospitals.Moscow’s COVID-19 cases surged by 963 over the past day versus 958 cases a day earlier, reaching 3,263,637, according to the anti-coronavirus crisis center. St. Petersburg’s COVID-19 cases increased by 824 over the past day versus 807 a day earlier, reaching 1,803,527. Iranian currency rates for December 6 World news Tue, 06 Dec 2022 21:44:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced an official rate of foreign currencies on December 6, Trend reports referring to CBI.According to the currency exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iran, 13 currencies increased and 23 have decreased in price, compared to December 5.According to CBI, $1 equals 42,000 Iranian rials and 1 euro equals 44,085 rials.CurrencyIranian rial on December 6Iranian rial on December 51 US dollarUSD42,00042,0001 British poundGBP51,11951,6581 Swiss francCHF44,59144,8681 Swedish kronaSEK4,0374,0681 Norwegian kroneNOK4,2234,3041 Danish kroneDKK5,9285,9541 Indian rupeeINR5145171 UAE dirhamAED11,43711,4371 Kuwaiti dinarKWD136,707136,411100 Pakistani rupeesPKR18,72218,762100 Japanese yensJPY30,76331,2951 Hong Kong dollarHKD5,4065,3931 Omani rialOMR109,146109,0931 Canadian dollarCAD30,95231,2951 New Zealand dollarNZD26,49726,9331 South African randZAR2,4072,3961 Turkish liraTRY2,2542,2541 Russian rubleRUB6716721 Qatari riyalQAR11,53911,539100 Iraq dinarsIQD2,8792,8781 Syrian poundSYP17171 Australian dollarAUD28,19728,5631 Saudi riyalSAR11,20011,2011 Bahraini dinarBHD111,701111,7031 Singapore dollarSGD30,95931,074100 Bangladeshi takasBDT40,71441,14310 Sri Lankan rupeesLKR1,1431,1451 Myanmar kyatMMK2121100 Nepalese rupeesNPR32,06232,2371 Libyan dinarLYD8,6828,6431 Chinese yuanCNY6,0315,976100 Thai bathsTHB119,883120,9951 Malaysian ringgitMYR9,6149,5771,000 South Korean wonsKRW32,20232,2971 Jordanian dinarJOD59,23959,2391 euroEUR44,08544,212100 Kazakh tengeKZT8,9328,9381 Georgian lariGEL15,58715,4921,000 Indonesian rupiahsIDR2,7152,6981 Afghan afghaniAFN4774771 Belarus rubleBYN16,69016,6341 Azerbaijani manatAZN24,70724,707100 Philippine pesosPHP74,99475,3101 Tajik somoniTJS4,1724,1711 Turkmen manatTMT12,02212,000In Iran, the official exchange rate is used for the import of some essential products.SANA system is a system introduced by the Central Bank of Iran to the currency exchange offices, where the price of 1 euro is 309,781 rials, and the price of $1 is 295,127 rials.NIMA is a system intended for the sale of a certain percentage of the foreign currency gained from export.The price of 1 euro in this system is 296,540 rials, and the price of $1 is 282,513 rials.On the black market, $1 is worth about 360,000-363,000 rials, while 1 euro is worth about 380,000-383,000 rials. President of Uzbekistan to pay official visit to Kyrgyzstan World news Tue, 06 Dec 2022 21:13:00 +0400 By TrendThe President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will pay an official visit to Kyrgyzstan on December 10, Trend reports citing the press service of the Kyrgyz president.In a narrow and expanded format, the President of Uzbekistan will meet with his Kyrgyz counterpart Sadyr Japarov to discuss a wide range of issues concerning the Kyrgyz-Uzbek strategic partnership and prospects for further development of bilateral cooperation."On the eve of the official visit of Mirziyoyev to Kyrgyzstan, a Kyrgyz-Uzbek business forum will be held, aimed at strengthening ties between the business circles of the two countries,” the message says.Furthermore, it is planned to sign a number of bilateral documents between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Azerbaijan's MG Consulting names number of citizen appeals via online oversight platform Business Tue, 06 Dec 2022 20:30:00 +0400 By TrendA total of 4,789 appeals have been registered on the online public oversight platform ( in Azerbaijan to date, a representative of Azerbaijan’s MG Consulting LLC Hamlet Babayev, the service's partner, said on December 6, Trend reports.Babayev made the remark during a roundtable event on the results of work under the platform project.He noted that out of the total number of appeals, 1,445 applications belong to the general rules, of which 737 have already been satisfied, and 285 are scheduled for consideration.According to Babayev, the majority of total applications were related to traffic problems, road surfaces, and hatches.He added that a total of 76 percent of appeals were submitted via WhatsApp social network.The mentioned platform aims to convey issues of public concern related to public utilities, roads, and infrastructure, renovation, etc. to the relevant authorities and achieve their resolution. Azerbaijan's leadership demonstrates ambitions to expand space industry - IAF Business Tue, 06 Dec 2022 20:11:00 +0400 By TrendLeadership of Azerbaijan is showing ambitions to further grow in the space industry, Executive Director of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Christian Feichtinger told Trend on December 6.According to Feichtinger, Azerbaijan has made amazing progress in space over the last years.He underlined that Azerbaijan has already 3 of its own satellites in space and telecommunication field is very important operator here in the region."The International Astronautical Congress which is going to be held in Baku next year, is very much encouraging, and we are looking forward to working with diplomatic representations here further in order to give the message that Baku is an amazing safe city and an outstanding place to come and be part of the event in October next year," he said. Director of USAID talks benefits of online public oversight platform in Azerbaijan Business Tue, 06 Dec 2022 19:45:00 +0400 By TrendThe advantage of online public oversight platform in Azerbaijan is that everyone exchanges information and responses promptly, which ultimately leads to qualitative results, said Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Michael Nehrbass, Trend reports.Michael Nehrbass made the remark during the round table on the results of online public control platform projects ("A total of 70 percent of applications submitted throughout the year found their solution. It is a very good result indeed, but we are striving for more. The higher the activity of citizens, the faster the government's response to appeals. This, in turn, contributes to the activity of the relevant state institutions," he said.The mentioned platform aims to convey issues of public concern related to public utilities, road and infrastructure, renovation etc. to the relevant authorities and achieve their resolution. Azerbaijani company talks addressing citizen appeals via online public oversight platform Business Tue, 06 Dec 2022 19:22:00 +0400 By TrendAbout 70 percent of appeals registered on the online public oversight platform ( from September through November 2022 in Azerbaijan were addressed, a representative of Azerbaijan’s MG Consulting LLC Hamlet Babayev said on December 6, Trend reports.Babayev made the remark during a round table event on the results of work under the online public oversight platform project in Baku.The consultant stressed the significance of this figure."The total number of requests made within the platform has reached nearly 5,000 in Azerbaijan as of yet," he added.The online public oversight platform is a pilot project developed in partnership with the National Open Government Platform under the Empowering Civil Society Organizations for Transparency (ECSOFT) Activity of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The mentioned platform aims to convey issues of public concern related to public utilities, road and infrastructure, renovation, etc. to the relevant authorities and achieve their resolution. Azerbaijan confirms 62 more COVID-19 cases, 37 recoveries Society Tue, 06 Dec 2022 18:39:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 62 new COVID-19 cases, 37 patients have recovered, and one patient has died, Trend reports on December 6 citing the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 824,574 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 814,298 of them have recovered, and 9,984 people have died. Currently, 292 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 2,662 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 7,385,915 tests have been conducted so far.A total of 307 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on December 6.The first dose of the vaccine was injected into 77 citizens, the second dose – 60 citizens, while the third dose and the next doses were received by 136 citizens. As many as 34 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19.Totally, up until now, 13,924,396 vaccine doses were administered, 5,393,406 citizens received the first dose of the vaccine, 4,874,541 people – the second dose, 3,392,360 people – the third dose and the next doses.Besides, 264,089 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19.