Baku / 16.01.18 / Turan: On Tuesday, the head of state Ilham Aliyev received a delegation of the Turkish parliament headed by chairman of the committee for external relations Volkan Bozkyr. The purpose of the visit of the Turkish parliamentarians is to hold a joint meeting with the Foreign Relations Committee of the Azerbaijani Parliament. The meeting expressed the mutual desire to further strengthen and develop comprehensive relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey, both at the bilateral level and within the framework of international organizations, press service of the president reported. -16D-
Baku / 16.01.18 / Turan: The meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia with the participation of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group will be held on January 18, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said.
Baku / 16.01.18 / Turan: Azerbaijan welcomes the statement of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the need for a gradual settlement of the Karabakh conflict, said the head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Hikmet Hajiyev, commenting on Lavrov's speech on Monday, dedicated to the results of 2017.
Baku / 15.01.18 / Turan: Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will pay a working visit to Paris on January 17-18. He will meet with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, other officials. In addition, meetings with the leadership of UNESCO are planned, the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported. -06D--
Baku / 15.01.18 / Turan: On Monday the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov arrived in Baku with a working visit. At the airport he was met by the Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan Heydar Asadov. Borisov will hold talks with Ilham Aliyev, and will leave Baku on January 16. The topic of negotiations is energy cooperation. -02D-
Baku / 15.01.18 / Turan: First Deputy Minister of Defense, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Najmedin Sadykov left for Brussels. According to the press service of the Ministry of Defense, N. Sadykov will take part in the meetings of the NATO Military Committee, organized in the formats "Strong Support" and "Stability Design". The event will be held January 16 at NATO Headquarters at the level of Chiefs of Staff. Cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO began in 1994. The main part of this cooperation is military cooperation, military modernization, political consultations on security issues and the organization of peacekeeping operations.
Moscow / 15.01.18 / Turan: A researcher at the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dmitry Chulkov, who came to Azerbaijan as a tourist, disappeared after visiting the border zone, his mother, Olga Chulkova, told RIA Novosti.
Vienna/13.01.18/Turan: The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir today condemned the sentencing of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to six years in prison by the Balakan District Court in Azerbaijan.
Baku / 13.01.18 / Turan: Up to 2000 lawyers wishing to become lawyers applied with the Bar Association, the information of the special commission of the Bar Association says. The decision of the Board of the Bar Association on December 9, 2017 renewed the process of admission to the Bar, and the reception of documents was completed on January 11. For the first time in the history of the Bar Association, the candidates were presented preparatory programs. On January 28, written test examinations for candidates were held, which will be conducted jointly with the State Examination Center. October 31, 2017. Law "On advocates and advocacy", in the Civil and Administrative Procedural Codes. After these changes, the activity of the institution of representation was limited. Persons who are not members of the Bar Association can not defend the rights of citizens in the courts. Most experts considered these changes to be reactionary, creating serious problems in the protection of the rights of citizens in the courts. There are only 906 members of the Bar Association in Azerbaijan. According to the reports of international structures, Azerbaijan ......
Baku/13.01.18/Turan: On 12 January the Head of State Ilham Aliyev issued a decree establishing the State Maritime Agency on the basis of the State Maritime Administration of the country, and the State Civil Aviation Agency on the basis of the State Civil Aviation Administration. Both agencies are part of the Ministry of Transport. The head of state appoints and dismisses the directors of the agency.
Paris/12.01.18/Turan: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the six-year jail sentence than an Azerbaijani court passed today on Afgan Mukhtarli, a journalist who was brought back by force from self-imposed exile in neighbouring Georgia. As well as unjustly punishing its victim, this iniquitous sentence is meant to intimidate his fellow journalists.
Baku/12.01.18/Turan: Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will pay a visit to Baku on January 15-16, the Bulgarian media reported. According to the same sources, at the heart of the talks with President Aliyev will be the issues of the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Bulgaria. -02D-
Baku / 12.01.18 / Turan: By order of the head of state, the powers of a judge of the Sabirabad district court Tayyar Abbasly have been terminated prematurely for repeated gross violations of the law's requirements, the official statement says.
Baku/11.01.18/Turan: Executive Secretary of the Republican Alternative Movement (REAL) Natig Jafarli denied reports of a number of mass media that the constituent congress of the same party will be held in Tbilisi. "In all probability, some sites have decided to embellish the proposals of a number of REAL activists to hold a congress in Ukraine, Turkey or Georgia," Jafarli told Turan. REAL intends to hold a constituent congress in the framework of laws and continues to work in this direction.
Baku / 11.01.18 / Turan: The fourth meeting of ministers within the framework of the Advisory Council of the Southern Gas Corridor (SCC) is scheduled for Baku on February 15, reads the message of the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan. Invitations were sent to the governments of the countries concerned and international financial organizations. The meetings of the SGC Advisory Council have been held in Baku since February 2015.
Baku / 11.01.18 / Turan: The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry expressed surprise at the inclusion of the country in the number of states that the US Department of State recommends American citizens not to attend because of security threats.
Washington D.C. / 11.1.18 / Turan: In connection with the threat of terrorism, certain risks have increased in Azerbaijan. This is stated in the recommendations of the US Department of State to American citizens visiting Azerbaijan.
Baku / 11.01.18 / Turan: Stability is the main priority of the Azerbaijani government. This opinion was expressed by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, speaking at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday on the results of 2017.
Baku / 10.01.18 / Turan: Official Baku will provide grants to citizens of the Non-Aligned Movement member countries studying in Azerbaijani universities. President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on this on January 10. The purpose of the decree is to provide support to the citizens of the non-aligned countries for their education in Azerbaijani universities.
Baku / 10.01.18 / Turan: Total investments in the country's economy in 2017 amounted to almost 15 billion dollars, the currency reserves of Azerbaijan for the same period increased by 4.5 billion, reaching 42 billion dollars, stated at today's meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on the results of 2017, the head of state, Ilham Aliyev. The growth of the non-oil sector amounted to 3.6%, the agro-industrial sector - 4.1%; export - 19%, and non-oil exports - 24%. During the year 221 thousand new jobs were opened, of which 177 thousand are permanent jobs. The unemployment rate was 5%, and the level of poverty - 5.4%, Aliyev said without giving specific figures.
Baku / 10.01.18 / Turan: Giorgi Chanturia, Georgia's first ambassador to Azerbaijan, and later the head of the International Petroleum Corporation of Georgia, died in the 60th year after a long illness.
Baku / 10.01.17 / Turan: On January 10, under the chairmanship of President Ilham Aliyev, the Cabinet of Ministers held a meeting devoted to the results of the socio-economic development of the country in 2017.
Baku / 09.01.18 / Turan: In the morning of January 9, a Moscow political analyst Gevorg Mirzayan visited Baku. His visit was limited to a transit zone at the international airport of the capital of Azerbaijan. Arriving from Tehran, Mirzayan flew safely from Baku to Moscow.
Baku / 09.01.17 / Turan: A group of Azerbaijani soldiers consisting of 70 people today, in rotation, was sent to Afghanistan for service as part of the "Strong Support" mission. The total number of the Azerbaijani contingent in Afghanistan has been increased from 94 to 120 servicemen. "Given the importance of ensuring stability and security in this country, NATO appealed to the member countries and partner countries of the Alliance in connection with the increase in the number of forces in the "Strong Support" mission in Afghanistan.
Baku / 09.01.18 / Turan: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has begun to investigate complaints of 12 Azerbaijani citizens. According to the communication, the complaints are related to the violation of property rights and the right to an equitable distribution.
Baku / 08.01.17 / Turan: The issues of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union were discussed on Monday at the meeting of the first vice-premier of the country's government, the head of the State Committee for Refugees Ali Hasanov and the head of the EU Delegation in Bakuby the Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas.
Baku / 08.01.18 / Turan: One of the leaders of the Azerbaijani political emigration, co-chairman of the organization Azerbaijan Namina Demokratiya (AND, Democracy for Azerbaijan), former diplomat Arif Mammadov suggests creating a special commission in Azerbaijan to identify illegally acquired property and assets in the country and abroad.
Baku / 08.01.18 / Turan: A meeting of Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov and the Commander-in-Chief of the Joint Armed Forces of NATO in Europe, Curtis Scaparotti, is scheduled for the end of January in Baku. This was reported by the publication BuzzFeed with reference to US and European sources.
Baku / 06.01.18 / Turan: Consideration of the cassation appeal of the former Health Minister Ali Insanov in the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan is scheduled for January 16. Turan was informed about this by his lawyer Togrul Babayev.
Baku / 05.01.18 / Turan: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Friday on the events in Iran, the Voice of America reported. The meeting will be held, contrary to Russia's attempts to prevent this, calling the hearing "an attempt to interfere" in Iran's internal affairs. On Thursday the US filed an official request for a meeting, but Russia and several other members of the Security Council are not convinced that this body should discuss riots in Iran, diplomats say. The US actively lobbied for the meeting, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said earlier that she wants to hold a meeting to demonstrate support for the demonstrators.
Baku/04.12.18/Turan: President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev sent congratulations to the Orthodox of Azerbaijan on the Orthodox Christmas, which is celebrated on January 7. Aliyev wished the Orthodox nation Azerbaijan peace and prosperity, and promised to continue to provide all the national and religious minorities of the country. In Azerbaijan, the Orthodox population is almost 100% Russian. -02D-
Baku / 04.01.18 / Turan: Many analysts who monitor the situation in Iran come to the conclusion that the protest events are approaching the stabilization phase. Despite this, the question remains - what kind of events were these? What kind of character did they have - political or economic? Who was the organizer, or did the protest arise spontaneously?
Baku/04.01.18/Turan: The unrest in neighboring Iran began at the end of last year and initially had a local character. However, literally a couple of days people's discontent gripped literally all the cities and provinces of the country. Initially, the demands of the protesters were of a social nature and were directed against the economic policies of the ruling circles. People went to the streets after they lost money because of the collapse of various credit institutions that many senior officials of the country claimed. Iranian President Hasan Ruhani fell into special disgrace. Before the start of the first unrest, during which up to 160,000 people came to the streets, the price of gasoline was raised, and financial assistance to the poor was also cut. As a consequence, prices have risen, and the social status of people has worsened.
Baku / 04.12.18 / Turan: Turkish authorities consider wrong the verdict against the deputy director general of Turkish Halkbank Mehmet Hakan Attila in the case of violation of sanctions against Iran, reads the statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, published on Thursday, January 4. On January 3, a jury in New York recognized Mehmet Hakan Attila as guilty of trying to help Iran circumvent US sanctions. He is accused of having conspired with the Turkish-Iranian businessman Rza Zarrab to this end. During the investigation, Zarrab said that he bribed representatives of the Turkish authorities, and that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved the collusion.
Baku / 04.01.18 / Turan: The makeup of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE is updated by a quarter. According to parliamentary sources, MPs Elkhan Suleymanov, Muslim Mammadov and Elshan Musayev were withdrawn from the delegation. Instead of them were appointed chairman of the Democratic Reforms Party Asim Mollazade, non-party - Ulviyya Agayeva and Elshad Hasanov.
Baku / 02.01.18 / Turan: The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan positively assessed the inclusion of the Karabakh settlement in the priorities of the Italian chairmanship in the OSCE in 2018.Since January 1, 2018 Italy has been carrying out the mission of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office. On this occasion, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano made an article on the organization's website about the priorities of the incumbent chairman, also referring to the Karabakh settlement.
The fourth day, including December 31, in Iran, mass protests and violence on both sides - protesters and law enforcement forces - do not abate. The exact number of detainees, wounded and killed is not reported, but judging by a video we can see how the demonstrators beat the policemen with stones. Social networks and messengers are disabled in the country.