Perhaps the most significant event in regional geopolitics was the final coordination of the legal status of the Caspian Sea by the Foreign Ministers of the five Caspian states (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia, Turkmenistan) on December 5. The agreement on the Convention of the legal status will be offered for signing to heads of the states at the summit of the highest level in Astana in July 2018.
The decision of US President Donald Trump about the transfer of the American Embassy to Jerusalem and recognition of the cradle of monotheism as the capital of Israel led to an unprecedented consolidation of the Muslim world, however, as well as the Christian-Muslim. 128 countries at the UN General Assembly adopted on December 21 a resolution against the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The dismissal of Fazil Mammadov from the post of the Minister of Taxes, or rather the procedure of his displacement and the figure of his successor, Mikail Jabbarov, indicate the beginning of the perturbation of the staff of the team of President Ilham Aliyev on the eve of the presidential elections.
From the speech of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters: Azerbaijan intends to strengthen and develop relations with NATO, assist in the implementation of programs to support the forces of the international coalition in Afghanistan and participate in supporting the state structures of this country.
Armenia has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Union, committing to political reforms and providing some hope for Western-leaning Armenians that their country has strategic options other than Russia.
The visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Azerbaijan and Armenia took place on the eve of the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, the Vienna summit of the Foreign Ministries of the OSCE member states, and in fact, on the eve of 2018, when both countries will host landmark presidential elections.
The regular meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict in Moscow on December 14 and 16 was not devoted to consideration of any proposals to resolve the 30-year conflict.
At the ceremony of the 25th anniversary of the Yeni (New) Azerbaijan Party (YAP), Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev made it clear that he did not intend to change the course of the brutal monologue directed against domestic and foreign policy opponents.
On November 1, Tehran hosted the second meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia within the framework of the trilateral format, which was formed in 2016, as the need to jointly implement a number of regional projects, and address stability in the region of Asia, where Iran and Russia have their own exclusive interests.
The opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK) means the strengthening of the multi-vectored routes of communication between the West and the East. It fully corresponds to the strategy of the West and China, which are the main ultimate beneficiaries of the trans-Caspian direction of the Great Silk Road.
Ten years after the signing of the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey interstate agreement on the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, an opening ceremony of this project took place in the village of Alyat, 70 km south-west of Baku, on 30 October, which brings a new powerful impetus to the development of regional cooperation.
The statements of the parties following the Geneva talks of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict give grounds to say that the meeting was on duty and was not filled with peacekeeping content.
On 11 October the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved two documents and resolutions on them concerning Azerbaijan. This is the report of the co-rapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee: "The functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan" and the report: "Steps taken in Azerbaijan in respect of human rights during the country's chairmanship of the Council of Europe (May-November 2014).
The Russian authorities are stepping up efforts to neutralize transnational threats, which are rapidly being modified in the context of geopolitical confrontation and international challenges. The main threats to the national security of Russia are called IGIL and cyberwar, which has been launched in the world information web.
The past four days after the sudden working visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Sochi and the evening rally with Russian President Vladimir Putin did not open anything new about this meeting, announced by the theses on friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding.
The Azerbaijani press celebrates its professional holiday on July 22, which dates back to 1875 year, when the first national newspaper "Ekinchi" (Sower) was established by the educator Hasanbey Zardabi.
A sensational report on the participation of the Azerbaijani aviation company Silk Way in the air supplies of weapons to the world conflict zones is very slowly and inefficiently developed in a foreign press (more Armenian and less Russian) since June 2.
After a long pause in the scope of his visits to Poland, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, made an official visit to Poland on June 26-28, which among the post-socialist states is the most zealous supporter of the entry of the former Soviet republics into the orbit of the West.
A number of mass media and experts tried to present the updated list of the senior staff of the presidential administration of Azerbaijan, published on June 1, as an important step towards reforms in the country, which are s much talked about, but nothing happens in reality.
The events around the Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarly, stolen in Tbilisi on May 29 and smuggled to Baku, revealed an entirely new balance of the realities of Azerbaijan and Georgia on the path of a protracted transition from the Soviet past to the democratic future of the South Caucasus.
Armenia has decided that if fighting again breaks out with Azerbaijan, it will attempt to take the offensive and seize more Azerbaijani territory. That's the scoop from a new report from the International Crisis Group.
The Arab-Islamic-American summit, held on Sunday in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, was held to consolidate the common efforts to counter radical Islam and the establishment of a moderate line in the Muslim worldview, in general, has already been decided by the United States.