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|

Armenia-Azerbaijan peace deal a strategic disaster for Iran

Armenia - Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Yerevan, October 1, 2019. (Supplied) By Dnyanesh Kamat November 25, 2020 The terms of the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan represent a grave threat to Iran’s long-term strategic interests. The effects of this are likely to [...]

By |November 25th, 2020|Azerbaijan|

Russia’s Lavrov, Iran’s Zarif discuss Syria, Karabakh, nuclear deal in phone call

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Jan 17, 2017. (REUTERS) November 24, 2020 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situations in Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The two men also [...]

By |November 24th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Russia|

Iran the big loser in Nagorno-Karabakh war

Azerbaijan is one of the predominately Shiite areas in the Muslim world that Iran has not been able to place under its influence. (IRIB) By Luke Coffey November 14, 2020 An almost three-decades-old conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh was brought to an end this week after 45 days of hard fighting. The [...]

By |November 14th, 2020|Azerbaijan|

Azerbaijani territories under Armenian control must be ‘liberated’: Iran’s Khamenei

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AP) November 3, 2020 All Azerbaijani territories under Armenian control must be “liberated and returned to Azerbaijan,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. “This military conflict must end as soon as possible ... of course, all the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia must be liberated [...]

By |November 3rd, 2020|Azerbaijan|