Azerbaijan (i/ˌæzərbaɪˈdʒɑːn/AZ-ər-by-JAHN; Azerbaijani:Azərbaycan[ɑzærbɑjdʒɑn]), officially the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani:Azərbaycan Respublikası), is a transcontinental country in the Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, while having a short border with Turkey in the northwest.
The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic proclaimed its independence in 1918 and became the first Muslim-majority democratic and secular republic. It was also the first Muslim-majority country to have operas, theaters and modern universities. The country was incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1920 as the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. Azerbaijan proclaimed its independence on 30 August 1991, before the official dissolution of the USSR. In September 1991, the disputed Armenian-majority Nagorno-Karabakh region re-affirmed its willingness to create a separate state as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The region, effectively independent since the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1991, is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan until a final solution to its status is found through negotiations facilitated by the OSCE.
Soon after Azerbaijan declared its independence 1991, Arye became long time instrumental in tightening relations between Azerbaijan and Israel... Even more saddening is the fact that after two decades of work devoted to expanding Azerbaijan-Israel relations, Arye was not able to hear the great news that came out on November 26, 2022.
January 20 tragedy had decisive influence on formation of Azerbaijan's national identity ... Azerbaijan Embassy in Malaysia ... Thus, January 20 was declared the National Mourning Day," according to the statement made available to Bernama by the Azerbaijan embassy in Malaysia.
“Despite the fact that Russia and Armenia are allies and despite the fact that this mission is completely ready, Armenia has preferred to make an arrangement with the European Union in order to deploy a civilian monitoring mission on the border with Azerbaijan on a long-term basis,” Lavrov said at a new conference.
Soon after the independence of the South Caucasus states, the region became a theatre of conflict because of the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia... The closeness of the ties between Pakistan and Azerbaijan can be gauged from the fact that Pakistan has never recognized the existence of an independent state of Armenia.
“Azerbaijan is deliberately paralyzing the work of vital infrastructures, taking advantage of the fact that they pass through the territories under Azerbaijani control ... Azerbaijan’s behavior is an insult to the human rights agenda, humanitarian values and civilized conduct.
“Our Western colleagues did not find the courage even to simply lay out the facts in the text. In particular, to mention the statements by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia, which are the foundation of Armenian-Azerbaijani normalization process.
Pashinyan at the time said it did not condemn Azerbaijan for invading Armenia’s sovereign territory ... He said when Azerbaijan, in fact, breached Armenia’s borders in May 2021, Armenia anticipated concrete actions from Russia and other security partners as part of previously reached agreements.
In fact, how neutral and objective are a number of CSTO countries in the situation with Nagorno-Karabakh? They are neither de jure neutral, as they are our allies, nor de facto neutral, as they have deeper economic and political relations with Azerbaijan than with Armenia," Pashinyan said.
Armenia’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on Russia to use all its resources to end Azerbaijan’s blockade of Artsakh “without preconditions,” and called on the deployment of an international fact-finding mission to the Lachin Corridor... “Azerbaijan’s claims that the Lachin Corridor is actually open are completely groundless.
In fact, Azerbaijan has proudly telegraphed its intentions to ethnically cleanse Artsakh of Armenians—and the lead-up has been quite entertaining, at least for the sadists ... Yet, Azerbaijan assures the West that it is looking for peace and “coexistence” ... Azerbaijan’s march toward ethnic cleansing and genocide is blindingly clear in our own lifetimes.
For the last few days, 120,000Armenian men, women, and children have remained deliberately trapped by Azerbaijan in their ancestral homeland, of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) ... The Azerbaijan blockade is not an isolated act ... Indeed, Azerbaijan has made no secret whatsoever of the fact that it wants Nagorno-Karabakh without Armenians.
On the same day, during a telephone conversation with PresidentEmmanuel Macron of France, Aliyev complained and alleged that Armenia continued to “occupy” part of Azerbaijan, when in fact it is Azerbaijan that has been occupying the sovereign territory of Armenia since May 2021.