Neighboring Countries


CSTO’s Khachaturov urges Azerbaijan to stop shelling Armenian border communities
/Sept 21/Panorama/

Secretary General of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Yuri Khachaturov calls on Azerbaijan to stop firing Armenia’s border communities and civilian facilities in a statement issued on Friday, addressing the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

“We are deeply concerned by the recent shootings across the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border, as well as the shelling of Armenian settlements and civilian institutions which resulted in fatalities,” the CSTO chief said in the statement released by the organization’s official website. 

According to Khachaturov, the CSTO is convinced that the bellicose rhetoric gives rise to new tensions and undermines the peace efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group.

“Taking into consideration the information provided by Armenia's Permanent and Plenipotentiary Representative to the CSTO which was presented during the September 21 session of the CSTO Permanent Council, we urge to put an end to the fire and escalation of tensions in the CSTO area to prevent the threat facing the CSTO member state [Armenia],” the statement concludes. 
 

Russia's Putin arrives in Azerbaijan on brief visit
/Sept 27/Panorama/

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Baku on a short working visit, where he will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, TASS reports.

The leaders of the two states will hold a bilateral meeting, deliver speeches at a plenary session of the ninth Russia-Azerbaijan Interregional Forum and visit the competitions of the last day of the 32nd World Judo Championships.

It will be the fourth meeting between Putin and Aliyev this year.

After the events in Baku the Russian state leader will fly to Dushanbe, where a two-day meeting of the state leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will start on Thursday.
 

View from Jerusalem: The upcoming wave of refugees from Iran to Azerbaijan- one of the topics of Avigdor Lieberman's talks in Baku
/Sept 26/Arminfo/David Stepanyan/

The coming wave of refugees from Iran to Azerbaijan was one of the topics of the talks held in Baku between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the Azerbaijani leadership. An Israeli political analyst, public figure, political commentator Avigdor Eskin expressed this opinion to ArmInfo.

"If the Americans do not abandon the idea of tough sanctions against Tehran in November, Iran will inevitably face collapse. It may happen in November, or a little later, but a wave of refugees from Iran, one way or another, is inevitable. And, of course, some of them will inevitably migrate to Azerbaijan, "he stressed.

Mentioning the longstanding ties of the Israeli Defense Minister with Azerbaijan, the Israeli expert assumed that Lieberman could just have rest for a couple of days in Azerbaijan, away from everyday problems. According to him, Lieberman, during the Azerbaijani interaction, also met with representatives of the government of Recep Erdogan in Baku. According to him, despite Israel's very difficult relations with the regime of Erdogan, the contacts of Jerusalem with Ankara, nevertheless, are maintained. Eskin also does not exclude the possibility of inadequate actions on the part of the Iranian leadership towards Azerbaijan. And in this case, according to his estimates, Baku can benefit from the Israeli experience of functioning in crisis situations. At the same time, he stressed that during the Baku agenda of the Israeli minister, there were certainly other topics for discussion. On September 12-17, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Georgia and Azerbaijan. The head of the Israeli Defense Ministry did not visit Armenia and stayed in Baku for five of the six days of the Caucasian tour. Lieberman held many hours of negotiations with the president, prime minister, deputy prime minister, defense minister, the ministers of emergency situations , foreign affairs, the commander of the border troops of Azerbaijan: practically with all the officials responsible for the country's security. At the same time, no concrete agreements have been reached on the results of the Israeli visit.
 

Israeli expert: Israel has never supplied and will not supply weapons to Azerbaijan
/Sept 26/Arminfo/David Stepanyan/

Israel has never supplied and will not supply weapons to Azerbaijan. Israel has sold weapons to Azerbaijan, an Israeli publicist, public figure, political commentator Avigdor Eskin expressed this opinion to ArmInfo. "There is a big difference and it needs to be emphasized. Azerbaijan today is a free market, and it should be emphasized that Armenia's strategic ally sells three times more weapons to the Azerbaijani neighbors of Armenia than Israel." With confidence and knowledge of the matter, I can say that our Minister of Defense – Lieberman did not discuss in Baku Armenia and its conflict with Azerbaijan, "he said. Israel is Azerbaijan's second partner after Russia in the arms market. Thus, if Baku has already bought arms from Moscow for $ 5 billion, from Jerusalem it bought weapons just for one billion less. According to the data published by defense exports department of the Israeli Defense Ministry in May this year in 2017, the volume of Israeli arms exports reached $ 9.1 billion. Azerbaijan accounted for 13% of this figure.

In 2016 Azerbaijan was on the second place after India, and in 2017 on the third place, after India and Vietnam, in terms of the volume of purchases of Israeli weapons. Today, Azerbaijan mainly buys from Israel UAVs, armored vehicles, electronic intelligence, air defense, anti-tank missiles, and other high-tech weapons. At the same time, assessing the probability of reaching during the Baku talks agreements on the issue of consolidated political and other pressure on Iran, the Israeli expert expressed confidence that Baku will not take part in military operations against Iran and will not provide its territory to anybody for such actions. "However, Azerbaijan has every reason to fear cataclysms in the course of the coming Iranian internal unrest. Plus, in the Western press there were publications about the active work of American and Israeli intelligence in Azerbaijan along the Iranian direction. By the way, there were also publications that Americans actively act on the same issue in Armenia, "the Israeli expert summed up. On September 12-17, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Georgia and Azerbaijan. The head of the Israeli Defense Ministry did not visit Armenia and stayed in Baku for five of the six days of the Caucasian tour. Lieberman held many hours of negotiations with the president, prime minister, deputy prime minister, defense minister, the ministers of emergency situations, foreign affairs, the commander of the border troops of Azerbaijan: practically with all the officials responsible for the country's security. At the same time, no concrete agreements have been reached on the results of the Israeli visit.

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