Iran says military exercises near Azeri border an issue of ‘sovereignty’

Saeed Khatibzadeh, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman. (IRNA) September 29, 2021 Tehran on Tuesday invoked its “sovereignty” to dismiss Azerbaijan’s concerns over Iranian military exercises near their shared border. “The drills carried out by our country in the northwest border areas... are a question of sovereignty,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|Azerbaijan|

Tehran newspaper sniffs Azeri-Turkish-US-Israeli plot against Iran

Turkish and Azerbaijani armed forces conducted a joint military drill in Azerbaijan, July 3, 2021. (IHA) September 29, 2021 Iran's flagship principlist newspaper Kayhan in a commentary Tuesday detected a plot against Iran and Russia that it said was hatched by the United States and Israel with the cooperation of President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|Azerbaijan, Israel, North America, Turkey, USA|

Azeri president criticises Iranian military drills near border

Azeri President Ilham Heydar Oglu Aliyev. (Getty) September 29, 2021 Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said he is “very surprised” by Iran’s decision to hold military drills close to their border amid tension between the two neighbours over a key transport route. “Why now and why near our borders?” Mr Aliyev said in an [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|Azerbaijan|

Iran lawmaker warns Republic of Azerbaijan amid apparent tensions

Iranian security forces on the border with Azerbaijan, September 27, 2020. (Twitter) September 25, 2021 Fada Hossein Maleki, an Iranian lawmaker and a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has warned the neighboring Republic of Azerbaijan for obstructing transit of goods between Iran and Armenia and objected to [...]

By |September 25th, 2021|Azerbaijan|

Russia to hold naval drills with Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan

Iranian paratroopers parachuting during a military drill along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP) August 25, 2021 Russia’s defence ministry said on Tuesday it would hold naval drills in the Caspian Sea with small missile and artillery ships from Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in early September. Last week, [...]

By |August 31st, 2021|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia|

Iran’s huge Caspian gas find is a geopolitical gamechanger

Leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attend the signing ceremony of the 5th Caspian Summit. (AFP) By Simon Watkins August 23, 2021 Iran last week revealed a huge new gas deposit located in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea. The ‘Chalous’ structure is to be developed with the intention of [...]

By |August 23rd, 2021|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

Iran forced to end electricity exports and resort to imports

Rolling power cuts started in mid-May as the weather got warmer and the use of cooling systems increased. (AFP) June 14, 2021 Iran is set to increase electricity imports from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkmenistan to offset shortages that have led to blackouts in major cities, the spokesman of the electricity industry said Sunday. [...]

By |June 14th, 2021|Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkmenistan|

Azerbaijan rejects appeal of journalist jailed on charges of spying for Iran

A general view of Azerbaijan's capital Baku. (Getty) February 16, 2021 Azerbaijan on Monday threw out a journalist’s appeal after he was jailed on charges of high treason, which he and rights groups have denied as politically motivated. Polad Aslanov – editor of news websites and, known for harsh criticism of [...]

By |February 16th, 2021|Azerbaijan|

Turkey summons Iranian ambassador over Azeri poem tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP) December 12, 2020 Turkey on Saturday summoned the Iranian ambassador to Ankara over Iran’s “aggressive” reaction to the Turkish president’s recitation of a poem on a visit to Azerbaijan, which Tehran deemed to support a secession of Azeri ethnic parts of Iran. The diplomatic spat between neighbors [...]

By |December 12th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities, Turkey|

Iran summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan remarks in Baku

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP) December 11, 2020 Iran on Friday summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Tehran over the Turkish president’s remarks during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, which Iran deemed offensive and said support a secession of Azeri ethnic parts of Iran. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Turkish Ambassador Derya [...]

By |December 11th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities, Turkey|