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The Next Aral Sea? Caspian Suffers Impact Of Pollution, Climate Change

April 18, 2019           |                                       

Disappearing seals, plummeting fish stocks, and a falling water level all point to the deteriorating health of the Caspian Sea. Ahead of Earth Day, observed on April 22, environmentalists in Azerbaijan have warned that it will take rapid action to save the Caspian from the fate of the Aral Sea. Originally published at –

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Armenian, Azeri Foreign Ministers To Discuss Nagorno-Karabakh 'Settlement' In Moscow

April 14, 2019           |                                       

Moscow is set to host the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers on April 15 for talks on the conflict over Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, Zohrab Mnatsakanian and Elmar Mammadyarov, will be “devoted to […]

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Aliyev Rejects Armenian Proposal To Include Karabakh Officials In Peace Talks

March 14, 2019           |                                       

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has rejected an Armenian proposal on a change to the talks format on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian reiterated on March 14 that the inclusion of officials from the disputed region in the settlement process remained a priority to Yerevan. “It is unacceptable, and it […]

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Armenian PM, Tusk Discuss Relations and Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

March 5, 2019           |                                       

BRUSSELS — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and European Council President Donald Tusk have met in Brussels for talks on relations between Yerevan and the European Union and on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Speaking to journalists after the talks in Brussels on March 5, Tusk said the EU “will continue to support […]

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European Parliament Calls For Release Of Prominent Azerbaijani Blogger

January 17, 2019           |                                       

BRUSSELS – European lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on the unconditional release of jailed Azerbaijani anticorruption blogger Mehman Huseynov. The resolution, which was backed on January 17 by all major political parties in the European Parliament, urges Baku to drop all new charges against Huseynov. It also expresses “concern over his health for […]

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Turkish-American Businessman Admits Lying about 2013 Congress Trip To Azerbaijan

December 10, 2018           |                                       

U.S. officials say a Turkish-American businessman has admitted lying to congressional investigators about a trip taken by U.S. lawmakers to Azerbaijan five years ago. The Justice Department said Kemal Oksuz pleaded guilty to the charge on December 10. Oksuz, a Houston-based businessman, was charged by a U.S. grand jury with lying on congressional disclosure forms […]

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Kosovo Takes Big Step Towards Play-Off For Euro 2020

November 17, 2018           |                                       

Kosovo took an important step towards reaching the qualifying play-offs for the Euro 2020 soccer tournament with a 5-0 thrashing of Malta in the Nations League on November 17. Kosovo are top in Group D3 and will secure a play-off place if they can beat or draw against Azerbaijan in their final game on November […]

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Armenia Downplays Istanbul Declaration On Karabakh

October 31, 2018           |                                       

Armenia has downplayed the significance of a declaration referring to Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh adopted by the foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran, and Azerbaijan at a meeting in Istanbul earlier this week. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was one of the issues on the agenda of the meeting held on October 29. The statement adopted at […]

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Bolton Vows To 'Squeeze Iran,' Explore Weapons Sales To Armenia

October 25, 2018           |                                       

YEREVAN – U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton has vowed that President Donald Trump’s administration will “squeeze Iran” with maximum economic pressure in response to Tehran’s “malign” behavior in the Middle East and around the world. Bolton made the remarks in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL on October 25 after he met in Yerevan with Armenian […]

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Bolton: Reassessment Pending For Russia Sanctions Over Attack On Skripals

October 24, 2018           |                                       

U.S. President Donald Trump’s national-security adviser, John Bolton, says that the United States is going to assess whether Russia has changed its behavior in the wake of its alleged March 4 attempt to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. “On the potential for additional sanctions on Russia, we are still considering what we […]

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Putin In Tajikistan For CIS Summit

September 27, 2018           |                                       

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, where he will attend a summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on September 28. Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters earlier that the summit will open on September 27 with an informal dinner at a government residence. The leaders are expected to discuss […]

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U.S. Indicts Turkish-American Businessman Arrested In Armenia For 2013 Congress Trip

September 26, 2018           |                                       

U.S. authorities have unsealed an indictment against a Turkish-American businessman charged with lying to congressional investigators regarding a trip by U.S. lawmakers to Azerbaijan five years ago. The indictment, which was handed down in April, was released on September 24, about three weeks after the businessman, Kemal Oksuz, was arrested in Armenia on a U.S. […]

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Merkel Arrives In Armenia, Visits Memorial To Ottoman-Era Killings

August 24, 2018           |                                       

YEREVAN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Armenia from neighboring Georgia on the second leg of her three-country visit to the South Caucasus and immediately stepped into a highly sensitive issue in the region. After being greeted at Yerevan’s airport by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, Merkel traveled to the Tsitsernakaberd hilltop complex […]

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Merkel Ready To Designate Georgia 'Safe' For Migrant Returns

August 23, 2018           |                                       

TBILISI — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said during a visit to Tbilisi that Georgia should be classified a “safe country” of origin, a move that would make it more difficult for its citizens to seek asylum in Germany. Merkel on August 23 said Germany had seen an increase in the number of Georgians applying […]

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