Neighboring Countries


Azerbaijan offers Armenia exchange prisoners with "all for all" principle
/Nov 1/Aysor/

Azerbaijan has offered Armenia to exchange the prisoners of wars and captives from the two sides with the principle “all for all”, the source told Interfax-Azerbaijan.

“The Armenian side received an official proposal to exchange the people kept in two sides with “all for all” principle, but the official Yerevan has not responded to it,” the agency’s interlocutor said.

Interfax-Azerbaijan notes that three Armenian citizens are kept in Azerbaijan – Arsen Baghdasaryan, Karen Ghazaryan and Zaven Karapetyan.

In the Armenian side Azerbaijani saboteurs Dilham Askerov and Shahbaz Guliyev are kept. They are sentenced to life and 22 years imprisonment by Karabakh court for illegally crossing the Karabakh state border in July 2014, spying, illegal possession of weaponry, kidnap and murder of a person.

Interfax-Azerbaijan notes that another Azerbaijani citizen Elnur Huseinzade is also kept in the Armenian territory.

Iran starts mass-producing locally designed Kowsar fighter jet
/Nov 3/Panorama/

 Iran has started mass-producing its locally designed Kowsar fighter plane, Al Jazeera reports, citing state television of the country.

"Soon the needed number of this plane will be produced and put at the service of the Air Force," Defence Minister Amir Hatami said on Saturday at a ceremony launching the plane's production, which was shown on television.

Iran unveiled the Kowsar domestic fighter jet in August with President Hassan Rouhani saying Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and aimed at creating "lasting peace".

State media said the new jet had "advanced avionics" and multipurpose radar, and it was "100-percent indigenously made" for the first time.

Footage of the Kowsar's test flights was circulated by various official media. But live footage of the plane taxiing along a runway at the defence show was cut before it took off.

At its inauguration in August, Hatami said the aircraft programme was motivated by memories of air raids Iran suffered during its eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, and by repeated threats from Israel and the United States that "all options are on the table" in dealing with Iran.

"We have learned in the [Iran-Iraq] war that we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves. Our resources are limited, and we are committed to establishing security at a minimum cost," he said in a televised interview.

The US has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of weapons to Iran's regional rivals, but has demanded that Tehran curb its defence programmes, and is in the process of reimposing crippling sanctions in a bid to force its capitulation.