Georgian Foreign Ministry's statement on the next military escalation between Azerbaijan and Armenia
We are following with concern another military escalation between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which, according to reports, has already caused casualties and damage of infrastructure. We are confident that the parties will be able to reach a ceasefire, sit at the negotiating table and avoid largescale military activities that will have a marked negative impact on the security of the entire region.
Georgia calls on the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and international actors to direct all their efforts towards ending the escalation and ensuring the resumption of a constructive dialogue.
For our part, we reiterate that Georgia remains committed to contribute, in any form, to de-escalation of tensions and restoration of peace in the region.
Mass COVID-19 vaccination begins in Azerbaijan
BAKU, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Azerbaijan's senior health officials on Monday took their first inoculations of a vaccine made by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech, marking the beginning of mass vaccination against COVID-19 in the country, according to state-run news agency AZERTAC.Azerbaijani Health Minister Ogtay Shiraliyev and his deputies, as well as other health officials, were among the first to be vaccinated by what Shahmar Movsumov, an assistant to the president of Azerbaijan, earlier described as "the most safe and effective vaccine" procured by Azerbaijan.Specialists decided that "the best vaccine for Azerbaijan is the vaccine of the Sinovac company" as it has passed clinical tests in many countries, said Shiraliyev, when addressing the local media after his inoculation in Baku.The first stage of mass vaccination starting on Jan. 18 will cover health and technical workers at the country's medical institutions, law enforcement staff and servicemen, while people aged over 65 will be vaccinated starting from Feb. 1, according to health authorities.Last week, Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers approved the country's national COVID-19 vaccination strategy for 2021-2022, under which people who get the COVID-19 jab will receive a certificate to show they have been vaccinated.Azerbaijan purchased 4 million doses of Sinovac vaccine, the first batch of which has been recently delivered to the country.Although a strict special quarantine regime remains in effect throughout Azerbaijan until April 1, the authorities lifted major restrictions last weekend due to a drop in the number of infections in recent weeks.According to the country's operational headquarters for COVID-19 prevention and control, Azerbaijan reported on Sunday 322 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its total to 227,273.
Imported Social Natural Gas Price Has Been Optimised with an Agreement Signed After a Meeting of Giorgi Gakharia and Rovnag Abdullayev
Giorgi Gakharia, Prime Minister of Georgia met Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR State Oil Company of Azerbaijan today.
Focus of the meeting was made at the kind neighbourly relations and partnership of Georgia and Azerbaijan in various areas. Special attention was paid to the investment projects implemented by SOCAR in Georgia and prospects of deepening cooperation in future.
It was noted that cooperation of Georgia with SOCAR is truly successful in the area of natural gas, which is once again evidenced by the optimisation of the social gas price in the country.
Namely, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia has been instructed by the Government of Georgia to negotiate with SOCAR a deal to import 200 million cubic meters of the so-called social gas with a reduced tariff from Azerbaijan to Georgia. Amendments were made to the existing agreement on social gas supply originally signed in 2016. Signing ceremony held today engaged Natia Turnava, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; Giorgi Bakhtadze, CEO of Oil and Gas Corporation and Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR after a meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia.
As a result of the referred agreement. Government of Georgia will be able to maintain the stability of natural gas price for citizens of Georgia.
It was underlined that after the completion of the fourth stage of the South Gas Corridor, which envisages the transportation of Shah Deniz gas to the European market, will channel higher volumes of Azerbaijani gas through Georgia. At the same time, the country will be able to purchase more concessional Azerbaijani gas to meet its domestic demand.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia and signing ceremony was attended by Faig Guliyev, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of Azerbaijan to Georgia; Mahir Mamedov, CEO of SOCAR Energy Georgia; Elshad Nasirov, President of SOCAR for Investments and Marketing; Vagif Aliyev, Director of Investments at SOCAR.
Press Service of the Government Administration
MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN
On December 14, 2020, a meeting was held in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, which was attended by the heads and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors - heads of diplomatic missions and missions to international organizations, heads of consular offices of Turkmenistan abroad.
During the meeting, a wide range of issues related to the implementation of the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan, given to the diplomatic corps of the country during an expanded meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country, held on December 11 this year, was discussed.
Turkmen diplomats also considered ways of practical implementation of the ideas and initiatives of the Head of State put forward by him at the International Conference "Policy of Neutrality and its Importance in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development", dedicated to the 25th anniversary of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, which took place on December 12, 2020 in Ashgabat.
СОВЕЩАНИЕ В МИД ТУРКМЕНИСТАНА
14 декабря 2020 года в здании Министерства иностранных дел Туркменистана состоялось совещание, в котором приняли участие руководители и ответственные сотрудники внешнеполитического ведомства, послы – главы зарубежных дипломатических представительств и миссий при международных организациях, руководители консульских учреждений Туркменистана.
В ходе совещания был обсужден широкий круг вопросов, связанных с выполнением поручений Президента Туркменистана, данных дипломатическому корпусу страны в ходе расширенного заседания Кабинета Министров страны, состоявшегося 11 декабря текущего года.
Туркменские дипломаты также рассмотрели пути практической реализации идей и инициатив Главы государства, выдвинутых им на Международной конференции «Политика нейтралитета и её значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития», посвящённой 25-летнему юбилею постоянного нейтралитета Туркменистана, которая состоялась 12 декабря 2020 года в Ашхабаде.
On November 25 in accordance with a ceasefire agreement Armenians left the Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan
On November 25 2020 in accordance with a ceasefire agreement Armenians left the Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan which they occupied in 1993 during the first Karabakh war.
The Armenian army and population had to leave Kalbajar by November 15. For some reason, the Armenian side asked to extend the deadline for the evacuation of the population and the army until November 25, and Azerbaijan, postponed the deadline due to humanitarian reasons.
However, Armenians apparently damaged the environment and burned houses in Kalbajar.
This is an environmental crime that causes serious damage to the ecological situation of the region and the planet in general.
Azerbaijani side urged the world community, international organizations, including the international organizations working in the field of ecology and environmental protection to stop Armenia that used environmental terrorism, confirmed by the facts of local and foreign media, as a tool for its aggressive actions and called for drastic measures to prevent eco-terrorism committed by the aggressor Armenia.
At the same time, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR) addressed a total of 31 international organizations working in the field of ecology and environmental protection to assess these cases.
It should be noted that the Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan was occupied by Armenians in 1993. At that time, more than 60,000 Azerbaijanis had to leave their homes in less than 10 hours.
The Head of Azerbaijani House in Poland Lala Zeynalova
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on approval of the programme on creation of common socio-economic space between the Russian Federation and the occupied Abkhazia region of Georgia
Approval of the programme on creation of common socio-economic space between the Russian Federation and the occupied Abkhazia region of Georgia represents another illegal step towards de-facto annexation that envisages gradual integration of Georgia’s indivisible regions into Russia’s military, political, economic and social systems.
The so-called “treaty on alliance and strategic partnership” concluded between the Russian Federation and its occupation regime in Sokhumi in November 2014 as well as all subsequent so-called “agreements”, “memoranda” or “programmes” are illegal and cannot have any legal effect. Through such provocative steps and hybrid warfare instruments, the Russian Federation blatantly violates the fundamental norms and principles of international law, undermines the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, and poses a serious threat to peace and security on the European continent.
We call upon the Russian Federation to cease its destructive actions and illegal steps directed towards de-facto annexation of Georgia’s occupied territories, implement its obligations under the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, withdraw its military forces from Georgia’s territory and not to impede creation of international security mechanisms on the ground.