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The future of Iran’s Caspian Sea territory

(R-L) Presidents of Turkmenistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Iran meeting to discuss their respective rights in the Caspian Sea. August 12, 2018. (AP) By Faramarz Davar August 6, 2019 One year after the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea was signed, the Iranian public has expressed alarm about the fate of a [...]

By |August 6th, 2019|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

Azerbaijan rescues crew from Iranian ship before it sinks in Caspian Sea

An Iranian ship is seen floating on the Caspian Sea. (AFP) July 26, 2019 Azerbaijan rescued all nine crew members of an Iranian cargo vessel on Friday before it sunk in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan's state maritime agency said on Friday. It was unclear what cargo the ship, the SHABAHANG, was carrying. The [...]

By |July 26th, 2019|Azerbaijan|

Crew of Iranian cargo ship poisoned, 3 seamen die

An Iranian ship is seen floating on the Caspian Sea. (AFP) October 20, 2018 Iran's official IRNA news agency says three seamen have died from an unspecified toxic substance that poisoned all 11 crew members of an Iranian cargo ship on the Caspian Sea. Friday's report says the crew of the vessel, Nazmehr, was [...]

By |October 20th, 2018|Azerbaijan|

Who is behind Iran’s debacle in the Caspian Sea?

Leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attend the signing ceremony of the 5th Caspian Summit. (AFP) By Amir Taheri August 18, 2018 The storm raised last week over the signature by Iran of the Russian-sponsored Caspian Sea Convention may or may not subside anytime soon. But, whatever happens, it has opened [...]

By |August 18th, 2018|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

Rouhani defends Caspian Sea convention, saying no sell-out

Kazakhstan - Summit of the Caspian states. Aktau, 12 August, 2018. (RFE/RL) August 16, 2018 President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet members lined up on Wednesday to defend a Convention signed by the littoral states of the Caspian Sea. Responding to reports and speculations that question the possible benefits and advantages of the [...]

By |August 16th, 2018|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

For Iran: A black day in the white mountain

Leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attend the signing ceremony of the 5th Caspian Summit. (AFP) August 14, 2018 Having resisted relinquishing its historic rights in the Caspian Sea for more almost 20 years, the Iranian government on Sunday succumbed to pressure from Russia by signing a document that opens the [...]

By |August 14th, 2018|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

US confirms Iran sanctions waiver for Azerbaijan natural gas pipeline to Turkey, Europe

BP's agreement last year to sell the field to Serica Energy was contingent on receiving a US exemption from Iran sanctions. (Supplied) By Meghan Gordon August 9, 2018 The Southern Gas Corridor has received a waiver from US sanctions against Iran's energy customers, an expected win for the project, designed to transport 16 Bcm/year [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey|

Iran tries to distract from chaos by courting Azerbaijan

Iranian Presdent Hassan Rouhani (R) meets Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. (IRNA) February 20, 2018 Over the past few months, Iran has been attempting to improve ties with Azerbaijan and there have been some modest improvements in economic ties. This will likely cause concern for Turkey and the US, who are both enemies of Iran and [...]

By |February 20th, 2018|Azerbaijan, Middle East|

Will Iran turn Azerbaijan into another Iraq?

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev (left) meets with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran in November 2017. Baku is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of Azerbaijan’s Shia Muslim believers. (Getty) By Huda al-Husseini January 29, 2018 Azerbaijan’s government and many intellectual Iraqis feel deeply worried by what [...]

By |January 29th, 2018|Azerbaijan|

Azerbaijan wrestles with rising Iranian influence

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev (left) meets with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran in November 2017. (Getty) By Zaur Shiriyev December 29, 2017 Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of the country’s Shia Muslim believers. Azerbaijan’s security services recently presented senior government officials with [...]

By |December 29th, 2017|Azerbaijan|