Kateqoriya arxivləri: South Caucasus

The case of Lapshin: How it will affect Azerbaijan – Israel partnership?

Blogger Alexander Lapshin at Baku airport. Photo: Trend Agency
Blogger Alexander Lapshin at Baku airport. Photo: Trend Agency

On 8th of February of 2017, a plane carrying Russian travel-blogger Alexander Lapshin landed at Baku International Airport. Alexander Lapshin, who was detained in Belarus a month ago at the request of Azerbaijan, is charged with violating the country’s legislation by illegally visiting occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Reportedly, Alexander Lapshin, who illegally travelled to Nagorno-Karabakh region in 2011, and 2012, presented Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh as an “independent state” on his social media account, and supported the “independence” of the unrecognized regime. The Supreme Court of Belarus on Tuesday upheld a government decision to extradite blogger to Azerbaijan, which raised a huge outrage in Armenian mass media. Oxumağa davam et The case of Lapshin: How it will affect Azerbaijan – Israel partnership?

Azerbaijan’s Growing Military Cooperation With Pakistan

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and President Ilham Aliyev during joint press conference in Baku (2016)
Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and President Ilham Aliyev during the joint press conference. Baku, 2016

Baku is seeking out increased defense imports from Pakistan, including JF-17 aircraft.

Azerbaijan and Pakistan have a unique political relationship that has surpassed territorial boundaries and geographical distances. Pakistan was among the first states to recognize Azerbaijan’s independence following the 1991 Soviet collapse. Today, Pakistan is the only country that has not established diplomatic relations with Baku’s main foe, Armenia. The bilateral strategic cooperation between these two countries embraces the economic, cultural, political, and especially defense fields. Taking into account their close ties, the current level of military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Pakistan needs to be emphasized. While Azerbaijan’s defense industry has strategic relations with various countries, Baku has been seeking ways of expanding military cooperation with Pakistan in particular over the last years.

Given the Pakistan’s status as a nuclear power, combined with its dynamic military muscle, military cooperation can be seen as another fundamental building block of the bilateral relationship. Oxumağa davam et Azerbaijan’s Growing Military Cooperation With Pakistan

Why does Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia strengthen military cooperation?

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On 5th of May, following a private trilateral meeting in Qabala city, Azerbaijani Defence Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, Georgian Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli and Turkish National Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz agreed to hold joint military exercises on enhancing the combat readiness of the three countries armed forces in order to achieve the further development of trilateral cooperation on regional security. Simultaneously, the trilateral military activities, which arose huge concerns in neighbouring Oxumağa davam et Why does Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia strengthen military cooperation?

S. Lavrov Bakıya niyə gəlir?

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Rusiya xarici işlər naziri Sergey Lavrovun Bakıya rəsmi səfəri bu gün başlayır.

Ehtimal ki, cənab Lavrovun Bakıya rəsmi səfəri həm Sankt-Peterburqda keçirilən Dağlıq Qarabağa həsr edilmiş sammitin nəticələrinin yenidən müzakirəsi, həm də Vladimir Putinin gözlənilən avqust səfəri ilə bağlı olacaq.

Rəsmi Moskvanın təşəbbüsü ilə keçirilən Sankt-Peterburq sammitində Dağlıq Qarabağ ətrafında yenidən alovlanan münaqişə müzakirə edilib. Azərbaycan və Ermənistan dövlət başçılarının da iştirak etdiyi görüşün detalları hələ də tam olaraq ictimaiyyətə açıqlanmayıb. Oxumağa davam et S. Lavrov Bakıya niyə gəlir?

Trans – Adriatic pipeline – will Russia lose energy monopoly?

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Guest blog post by Fuad Shahbazov.

Trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP), which is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor envisages the transportation of Azerbaijani natural gas (10 billion cubic metres) to the southern part of Europe, mainly to Italy. Thus, the European Union aims to diversify the energy resources in Europe and expels Russia’s energy giant “Gazprom” from EU energy market.

Following the Trans – Anatolian pipeline (TANAP) which will allow Azerbaijani gas exports to Europe through Georgia, and Turkey, TAP project will be the Oxumağa davam et Trans – Adriatic pipeline – will Russia lose energy monopoly?

The new trends of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

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The rivalry over disputed region Nagorno-Karabakh has begun since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The conflict lasted about three years, costs the life of more than 30.000 people from both sides while the territory was illegally occupied. Although a ceasefire agreement has been reached between both of sides in 1994, the conflict has not been quite frozen for two decades and has been accompanied by fire exchange. The deadly skirmishes have erupted in August 2014 that caused serious human casualties from both sides.

Taking into account the sensitive situation in the region, it should be noted that there has always been a balance of power in Nagorno-Karabakh but Oxumağa davam et The new trends of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

How Iranian Oil Would Change the South Caucasus?

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After more than a decade of negotiations, the economic sanctions against Iran were lifted in January. Iran, P5+1 countries and the European Union agreed on the adoption of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The JCPOA limited the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program as a quid-pro-quo for a return to oil market. Iran’s return to global oil markets would mean a new challenge both for Europe and the South Caucasus. This paper will examine the political and economic implications of the lifting of sanctions for the South Caucasus region. Oxumağa davam et How Iranian Oil Would Change the South Caucasus?