Protest in front of Prosecutor General’s Office

Relatives of Ilkin Suleymanov, accused of murdering a minor, held a protest in front of the Prosecutor General's Office on 12 May.

They protested against the prosecutor's proposal to sentence Suleymanov to 20 years of imprisonment. Relatives of the accused say that Ilkin is innocent and that there is no evidence of his guilt, as shown by the trial.

The trial is taking place in the Ganja Serious Crimes Court, the defence and the last word of the accused are expected.

Human rights activists believe that the investigation has not proved the guilt of the accused and he has been accused of a crime committed by someone else.

*Ilkin Suleymanov, a resident of Dondar Gushchu village in Tovuz region, is accused of the murder of 10-year-old Narmin Guliyeva, who went missing on 19 November 2019. Her charred body was found on January 6, 2020.

Source: Turan News Agency

Armenian Armed Forces apply UAVs against Azerbaijani army – ministry

Units of the Armenian Armed Forces in the direction of Zod settlement of the Basarkechar district struck the positions of the Azerbaijani army on May 12, at 11:30 (GMT+4), Trend reports with reference to the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan.

The ministry pointed out that the Armenian side is using UAVs.

"The Armenian side continues to engage in provocations and aggravates the situation again. We have no losses among our personnel and equipment," the ministry said.

Source: Trend News Agency

Armenia’s military provocations against Azerbaijan hinder peace process – political expert

The military provocations committed by Armenia against Azerbaijan hinder the peace process, political expert Elshad Hasanov told Trend.

According to him, Armenia resorts to provocations when the negotiation process begins.

"We have witnessed this many times. It seems that revanchist forces are trying to prevent peace. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan are scheduled to meet in Brussels on May 14. The violation of the ceasefire on the eve of the meeting is a clear proof of this. The military provocations once again shows that Armenia has not yet abandoned its revanchist ideas," he said.

Hasanov noted that such actions of Armenia, which damage the negotiation process, should be sharply condemned by the international community.

"Armenia is trying to create an idea in the world community that "the conflict has not ended yet," Hasanov said.

On the evening of May 10, units of the Armenian armed forces, using various types of small arms, have committed a deliberate provocation against the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the direction of Zod settlement of the Basarkechar district. The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan reported that Azerbaijani serviceman of the extra active military service of the Azerbaijani army Orkhan Novruzalizade was killed, the serviceman of Azerbaijani army, Muslim Mahmudlu, was seriously wounded in the head.

Source: Trend News Agency

Int’l community should not turn blind eye to mine problem in Azerbaijani liberated lands – Roots of Peace

Civilized people, the international community should not turn a blind eye to the mine problem, Founder and Head of the US Roots of Peace humanitarian organization Heidi Kuhn said on May 12 during the presentation of the book "The Reviving Earth" in Baku, Trend reports.

She noted that the mines buried in the ground are also seeds of hatred.

"Removing any mine from the ground and planting plant seeds in this place maintains peace. I want to show my solidarity with the mothers whose children were victims of mines in Fuzuli. As humans, we have both destructive and creative power. We must jointly fight the mine problem," Kuhn added.

On May 11, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov had a meeting with Kuhn. He provided detailed information on the mine threat in Azerbaijan as a result of Armenia's 30-year aggression and occupation of Azerbaijani lands.

It was brought to attention that Azerbaijani citizens have become victims of mines massively planted by Armenia, as well as the fact that Armenia refuses to cooperate with Azerbaijan in the field of mine clearance.

In turn, Kuhn pointed out the importance of normalization of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations for the entire region and also announced her intention to visit the territories of Azerbaijan liberated from Armenian occupation and support cooperation.

Following the liberation of its lands, Azerbaijan from Nov. 2020 started carrying out operations on clearing its lands from mines, booby traps, and various weapons left behind by the Armenian troops.

Source: Trend News Agency

SOCAR Türkiye plans to carry out Petkim maintenance every five years

SOCAR Türkiye plans to carry out Petkim [partially owned by SOCAR Türkiye] maintenance every five years, Acting CEO of SOCAR Türkiye Elchin Ibadov said at the press conference, Trend reports.

"We suspend the plant's activities every four years for today. Due to the introduction of new technologies and innovations, we aim to reduce the number of days of maintenance of the plant and do it every five years," he said.

SOCAR Türkiye acquired a 51-percent share in Petkim in 2008. Petkim produces plastic packaging, tissues, PVC, cleaning supplies, being the only manufacturer of such products in Türkiye.

Petkim ended the first quarter of 2022 with a gross profit of 1.7 billion Turkish lira ($86 million) and a net profit of 1.8 billion Turkish lira ($91 million). The revenue of the petrochemical complex in the first quarter of 2022 amounted to 11.4 billion Turkish lira ($581 million), an increase of 20 percent compared to the previous quarter.

Source: Trend News Agency

SOCAR Türkiye’s Mercury project stands on agenda – official

SOCAR Türkiye's Mercury project stands on the agenda, Head of the Refinery and Petrochemicals Business Unit at the company, General Manager at Petkim [affiliate of SOCAR Türkiye] Anar Mammadov said at a press conference, Trend reports.

According to Mammadov, bp, with which this project was planned, abandoned investments in the petrochemical sector and withdrew from the project.

"We believe that we will be able to carry out the implementation of the Mercury project with other investors," he said.

In 2018, bp and SOCAR Türkiye signed a cooperation agreement to assess the establishment of a joint venture that will build and operate a world-class petrochemical complex in Türkiye. In 2020, bp completely abandoned the petrochemical sector.

Source: Trend News Agency

Armenia’s dangerous game on state border: New provocations against Azerbaijan

On the evening of May 10, units of the Armenian Armed Forces from positions in the direction of the Zod settlement of the Basarkechar district subjected the opposing positions of the Azerbaijani army to intense shelling from various types of small arms, deliberately committing a provocation.

As a result of the enemy's targeted fire, a serviceman of the Azerbaijani army's long-term active military service, Muslim Mahmudlu, was seriously wounded in the head. He was immediately taken to a military medical facility. Another Azerbaijani serviceman, Orhan Novruzalizade became a martyr.

Despite the warning to the Armenian side to stop provocations and not to escalate the situation, it has once again violated the ceasefire.

The entire responsibility for this provocation lies with the military-political leadership of Armenia.

In particular, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan continues to escalate the situation as much as possible in order to achieve tactical goals at the current stage and strategic goals in the later future.

Azerbaijan observes the activity of the Armenian Armed Forces units, which are concentrating additional forces and military equipment in the Zod direction of the Basarkechar district. The Armenian side is trying to prepare the ground for the next provocation.

Pashinyan saying that he does not intend to cancel his visit to Belgium's Brussels, where a trilateral meeting with the participation of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev is scheduled for May 14, commented on the armed clash that took place in the direction of the village of Zod of Basarkechar district.

At the same time, he considers it unlikely that a peace treaty with Azerbaijan will be signed on May 14.

According to the Armenian PM, the draft of the bilateral peace and interstate agreement is still preliminary.

"It is too early to sign the agreement. On the other hand, we have a desire to prepare and sign the document as soon as possible."

The military provocation was committed in the Armenian direction, the Armenians used all available means, including mortar artillery, kamikaze drones (loitering munitions).

However, this time Pashinyan made a very serious, fatal mistake.

In general, over the years of holding 20 percent of the territory of Azerbaijan under occupation, Armenia and its people have become accustomed to the fact that their problems are solved by "patrons". Along with official Yerevan, Armenians living even in the most remote mountain village or belonging to one of the communities of the Armenian Diaspora abroad were convinced that if hostilities began, great pressure would be exerted on Azerbaijan, military personnel of the "patron" parties would be brought into the combat zone, and in the end, Azerbaijan would surely be defeated.

But the Second Karabakh War, which began in 2020 and lasted 44 days, turned into a painful collision with reality for the Armenians. Armenians from the first days of the war had no doubt that the Russian side would join the military actions and support the country's capital Yerevan.

In the Armenian segment of social networks and especially in the Armenian media, politicians, government officials, "analysts", "experts" and representatives of the diaspora constantly referred to "information obtained from reliable sources." They said that Russia was preparing to send troops into the combat zone on behalf of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) forces and "the process will begin very soon, even tomorrow."

Later they said that dozens of cargo planes with ammunition and military equipment were sent from Russia, Iran, India and Syria. Meanwhile, the Armenian Defense Ministry published paranoid "statistics" about the "losses and victims of Azerbaijan", trying to create an idea among Armenians about the "inevitability and proximity of victory."

But the war ended with the surrender of Armenia, the defeat of its army, and a fiasco. Nevertheless, the Armenian leadership, without learning lessons from the consequences of the war, continues its aggression and radicalism, and revanchist forces feel very comfortable in Yerevan.

It is for this reason that Pashinyan is trying to barrage the West and Russia, considering one of the elements of his security a guarantee of Iran's active participation in the processes in the region.

Considering the above, it is no coincidence that after the talks in Washington between the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Jeyhun Bayramov and Ararat Mirzoyan, on the eve of the meeting in Brussels on May 14, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, with the mediation of the Chairman of the European Council Charles Michel, the situation on the conditional state border between Azerbaijan and Armenia was artificially aggravated, near the village of Zod (Seudlu) of Basarkechar district.

Armenia, which almost every day declares its alleged "desire and aspiration to establish peace and stability in the region," is once again trying to stop the process aimed at signing a final peace agreement, aggravating the situation.

Armenia does not want to recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and once and for all renounce any forms of territorial claims to Azerbaijan, recognizing that Karabakh is its integral part, deliberately delaying peace negotiations, trying to make them meaningless and ineffective.

Although representatives of the US Department of State and, in particular, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made statements like that "progress has been made in negotiations to agree on the preliminary text of the final peace agreement," there is no actual progress.

Armenia is still trying to aggravate the problem and disrupt the peace process and this is a primitive strategy and the game of Pashinyan.

Source: Trend News Agency

SOCAR Türkiye plans to suspend operation of STAR oil refinery for maintenance in 2024

SOCAR Türkiye plans to suspend the operation of the STAR Oil Refinery for maintenance in 2024, Acting CEO of SOCAR Türkiye Elchin Ibadov said at the press conference, Trend reports.

According to Ibadov, the work of the refinery will be suspended for the first time after commissioning and first of all scheduled maintenance work will be carried out.

"As a result of the measures taken to date, we plan to increase the frequency of plant shutdowns from four to five years. This will save us up to $40 million," Ibadov said.

The investment value of the STAR Oil Refinery is $6.3 billion. Moreover, about $3.3 billion of the project cost was covered by loans.

Source: Trend News Agency