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Turkey plans military drills with Azerbaijan after Iran’s army exercises near border

A Turkish army tank moves, in Silopi, near the Habur border gate with Iraq, south-eastern Turkey, Sept. 29, 2017. (AP) October 4, 2021 Turkey will hold joint military drills with Azerbaijan this week in a region bordering Iran after Baku’s government criticized Tehran for staging army exercises near its border. “The Steadfast Brotherhood-2021 [...]

By |October 4th, 2021|Azerbaijan, Turkey|

What’s behind fresh tensions on the Iran-Azerbaijan border?

Iranian military commanders stand at the border with Azerbaijan during the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region last year. (Iranian TV) By Golnaz Esfandiari October 2, 2021 Tensions have increased recently between Tehran and Baku over three issues: a joint military drill that Azerbaijani troops conducted alongside their Turkish and [...]

By |October 2nd, 2021|Azerbaijan, Opinions On Iran|

Azeri-Iranian tensions a concern for South Caucasus

Members of the Iranian Army take part in a military exercise in the northwestern parts of Iran, in this picture obtained on Oct. 1, 2021. (Reuters) By Luke Coffey October 2, 2021 The one-year anniversary of the start of the second Nagorno-Karabakh war between Azerbaijan and Armenia passed this week. By early November [...]

By |October 2nd, 2021|Azerbaijan|

Iran to hold military drill near border with Azerbaijan amid Tehran-Baku tensions

A view shows the ancient Khodaafarin Bridge near Azerbaijan's border with Iran in the area. (Reuters) September 30, 2021 Iran will hold a military exercise on Friday near the border with Azerbaijan, the Iranian army announced on Thursday, amid tensions between the two countries over drills. The exercise will be held “with the [...]

By |September 30th, 2021|Azerbaijan|

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|