A.Hasanov (Trend), European Geopolitical Forum, September 13, 2012
Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the relations with the Netherlands and Azerbaijan-Dutch Business Forum held in Baku will make another contribution to the development of cooperation between the two countries, Economic Development Minister Shahin Mustafayev said at the signing ceremony of the Declaration on the draft agreement on mutual protection of investments.
Günther H. Oettinger, former (until 2010-02-10) Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
E. Kosolapova (Trend), European Geopolitical Forum, August 31, 2012
European Union Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger will travel to Azerbaijan on 1-2 September, EU office in Baku reported on Friday.
“In Baku he will hold meetings with President Ilham Aliyev, Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Energy and Industry Natig Aliyev and other officials. After the visit to Azerbaijan, the Commissioner will travel to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan,” the EU office said… (more) http://ow.ly/1meftx
Iran (Persia) with Black, Caspian and Arabian seas around (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arzu Naghiyev (Trend commentator), European Geopolitical Forum, August 29, 2012
If the U.S. and Israel begin massive air attacks on Iran, Tehran can clearly respond to these actions. Border countries can be the target of some missiles, which it will use in the conflict. That is why, it is necessary to place modern radar systems in the countries bordering with Armenia and Iran, as well as along the coast of the Caspian Sea.
Of course, Azerbaijan must protect itself from Armenia and its military allies till a peace agreement is signed. Certainly, one must not rule out that Iran under the pretext of the cooperation with various countries at any time may subject the Azerbaijani territories to rocket fire or air attack… (more) http://ow.ly/1mbSTc
Geopolitical map of the Caucasus Region. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nadir Devlet, GMFUS, July 24, 2012
Beyond a growing commercial relationship, Turkey is trying simultaneously to promote broad-based cultural cooperation that draws Turkic peoples in Azerbaijan and other South Caucasus nations closer. The conflict in Nagorno-Karabagh represents a singular challenge for Turkish policy toward the South Caucasus. In Baku, particularly, voices demanding a military solution are growing louder. But would Azerbaijan receive support from the millions of ethnic Azeris living in Iran? The “Azeri factor” is certain to remain an influence on Turkey’s relations with Iran, but this does not mean that Turkey has an “Azerbaijan card” to play to enhance its political leverage. (more) http://ow.ly/1lBo47
Members of the Azerbaijani Special Forces during a military parade in Baku 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 9 Issue: 133
By: Richard Rousseau, Jamestown Foundation, July 13, 2012
December 24, 2012 will mark the end of the contract between Azerbaijan and Russia for the lease of the G
abala radar station (Daryal-type radar station), built by the Soviet Union in 1984 to monitor missile launches at distances as far as 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) away. This remains Russia’s only military presence in Azerbaijan. The radar station, however, is outdated and no longer serves much military value for Russia, especially since a Voronezh-type early warning stations became operational in 2009 near Armavir in Krasnodar Krai.
Moscow and Baku are currently negotiating the terms of a lease extension for the Gabala radar station. To Russia’s surprise – and dismay – Azerbaijani authorities are now asking Russia to pay $300 million a year instead of the seven million dollars a year previously paid (Trend, June 20). (more) http://ow.ly/cflDw
Armenia (Photo credit: narek781)
GPF Europe: Armenia, Georgia Hold More Nonproliferation Drills
Armenia and Georgia have held fresh Western-sponsored training exercises aimed at improving their capacity to prevent illegal trafficking of weapons of mass destruction through their territories. (more) http://ow.ly/1lmiwY