Azerbaijan-Armenia: Canada ‘Welcomes’ Washington Negotiations

Canada over the weekend welcomed U.S.-hosted peace talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia during which Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that 'tangible progress' has been made.

"Canada welcomes the diplomatic engagement between Armenia and Azerbaijan during four days of negotiations in Washington, D.C," Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said in a tweet.

She thanked Blinken for "continued efforts to support the peaceful dialogue."

The four-day negotiating session last week did not produce a peace agreement, however the top U.S. diplomat said he believed a deal could be 'within reach' and praised both sides for trying to find common ground.

Source: Turan News Agency

Italy needs at least two years to completely replace Russian gas supplies

Italy needs at least two years to completely replace Russian gas supplies, 'La Stampa' newspaper wrote with reference to Claudio Descalzi, CEO of 'Eni' energy company. "At the moment, the replacement of Russian gas is partial, it will take two years to replace it completely," Descalzi said.

According to him, it has now been possible to replace 30 bcm out of almost 40 bcm. In the last eight years, "domestic production has not been stimulated, investments in the gas sector have not been promoted," Descalzi said.

According to him, it turned out to replace Russian supplies quickly thanks to Italy's economic ties with Egypt, Angola, Algeria, the Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Libya, and Azerbaijan.

In 2021, 'Gazprom' exported 18.4 bcm of gas to Italy, the republic ranked third in terms of supplies in Europe after Germany and Turkey

Source: Turan News Agency

Command-staff exercises held in military units, Ministry of Defense

In accordance with the training plan for 2023, Command-Staff Exercises were held in the military units of the Azerbaijan Army, the Ministry of Defense told AZERTAC.

During the exercises, the activities related to the accomplishment of the tasks were specified on the map, the mutual activity of the units and the interoperability between the headquarters as a unified control body were inspected. Also, the tasks related to the decisions made were evaluated by their execution on the computer, and the decision reports were heard by the commanders.

The main emphasis in conducted Command-Staff Exercises was focused on increasing the managerial capacities and flexible decision-making skills of commanders while bringing units into various combat readiness states, as well as on further improving the activities of headquarters and interoperability between the units.

The tasks set in the exercises were successfully accomplished by the military personnel.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Armenian FM may submit results of Washingon negotiations to parliament

"Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan may present the results of the negotiations held in Washington to the country's parliament, MP of the Armenian parliament Armen Khachatryan told journalists, APA reports citing Sputnik Armenia.

The deputy noted that it is not excluded that Mirzoya will be invited to the parliament and said that any discussion will be positive.

Khachatryan, answering the question about whether the talks will be discussed in Moscow and whether Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will go to Moscow, said that there is no such information.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Türkiye warns official Yerevan on demolition of Nemesis Monument: We will take new steps

Türkiye made concessions in the normalization process with Armenia, said Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu, APA’s Istanbul correspondent reports.

According to him, Ankara took these steps to contribute to the Azerbaijani-Armenian normalization process: “However, they have once again shown that they are not sincere… We can not accept the erection of a statue ("Nemesis" - ed.) to those who killed our Ottoman pashas and our Azerbaijani brothers.”

The minister added that Turkish side has warned the official Yerevan on the demolition of the monument and it will take new steps against Armenia on this issue.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Death toll from Congo floods rises to 401: governor

The death toll from flooding that hit two villages in east Democratic Republic of Congo last week has risen to 401, provincial governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi said on Monday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Torrential rain in Kalehe territory in South Kivu province caused rivers to overflow on Thursday, inundating the villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi

At least 176 people were reported dead on Friday and many more missing as humanitarian workers recovered scores of bodies.

The central government has sent a delegation to Kalehe and declared Monday a day of national mourning.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Azerbaijan Ombudsman: 69 pardon order were signed so far, 12 amnesty acts

So far, 69 pardon orders and 12 amnesty acts have been signed, said Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Sabina Aliyeva duirng execution of pardon order, APA reports.

She said that the document signed today is the largest act of amnesty in terms of scope: "Today is a very happy day. The amnesty order is directly related to the name of . Ilham Aliyev signed a pardon order in connection with the 100th anniversary of National leader of Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev. As an ombudsman, I express my gratitude for the order."

Sabina Aliyeva noted that 864 people have been pardoned at the petition of the Ombudsman: "In this order, 59 convicts are released at the petition of the Ombudsman."

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva paid visit to Shusha

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have visited Shusha, APA reports.

The head of state and the First Lady examined the work done on the 66th-81st kilometer section of the Ahmadbayli-Fuzuli-Shusha highway.

President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the inauguration of the Zarislichay pumping station in the village of Dashalti.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

China urges EU to avoid taking the “wrong path”

On Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China urges the EU to avoid taking the "wrong path," otherwise it will take firm action to safeguard its rights and interests, APA reports citing Reuters.

"China opposes actions that use China-Russia cooperation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions or long-arm jurisdiction against China," Wang said at a regular news conference.

Note that the EU proposed sanctions on Chinese companies accused of selling equipment to Russia that could be used in weapons.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency