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Azerbaijanis stuck in Dagestan on hunger strike, demand they be allowed to return home




Over 800 Azerbaijani citizens continue to wait on the closed Russian-Azerbaijani border in Dagestan for when they will be allowed to return to their homeland. They complain of poor, unsanitary conditions and other problems, several dozen people have even gone on a hunger strike, reports the Caucasian Knot.

Azerbaijan periodically is taking in about 100 people, but this does not solve the problem.

13 people have come down with coronavirus, and been placed in a hospital.

Closed border, tents and waiting

Azerbaijani citizens from different parts of Russia began to flock to the border in the Derbent region of Dagestan after the outbreak of coronavirus. Many of them learned that the border was closed only when they arrived.

The care of these people has been partially taken over by local authorities and residents. But at the moment in Dagestan itself, the difficult situation with coronavirus, the high infection rate and Dagestan officials are asking Azerbaijan to speed up the process of returning the evacuation of its citizens.

In Azerbaijan, meanwhile, the epidemiological situation also leaves much to be desired – about 300 new infections are detected per day (much more than, for example, in early May), the quarantine regime was extended until June 15 and it is not a fact that it will not be extended again. Accordingly, the borders are also closed for an indefinite period.

The Azerbaijanis stuck in Dagestan have been housed in tents. Some have been on the border for more than a month, but still can’t get on the list of those to be taken home. By declaring a hunger strike, they want to draw the attention of the Azerbaijani authorities.

One of them, Sadikh Rzaev, says he has been waiting at the border since May 14.

“I was working at a construction site in Grozny [Chechnya]. When work stopped, we decided to return to Azerbaijan. I also went on a hunger strike. But I stopped yesterday because of a sharp drop in my blood pressure. I hope I’ll come to my senses and return to the ranks of the participants in the demonstration”, he says.

Azerbaijan not up to the task?

“Over the past three months, Azerbaijan has only taken in citizens three times: the first time it took in 120 people, the second – 131 and the last time 122 people. But every time the border opens and more than a hundred people cross it, about two hundred people additionally come here from all over Russia. But the Azerbaijani side sets a certain limit. It’s impossible to immediately take everyone away,” says Fuad Shikhiev, acting head of the Derbent region.

The operational headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan only states that the return of citizens from abroad is carried out in stages as infrastructure allows.

Both the people stuck at the border and some experts in Azerbaijan believe that this problem has been out of sight of both the Azerbaijani authorities and social media.

According to the observer of the Azerbaijani news agency Turan Tofig Turkel:

“In April, when the topic just appeared, it was covered by both pro-government media and independent online publications. Now pro-government media mention the topic when another group of Azerbaijani citizens crosses the border. Independent media mostly writes about the problems of people at the border. With regard to social media, opposition-minded users pay more attention to the persecution of activists, criticism of the authorities’ social policy in a pandemic, as well as toughening of quarantine on weekends and harsh police actions against violators during this period.”

The situation in Azerbaijan at the given moment is indeed tense. And not even so much because of the virus, but because of the measures taken by the government to combat it.

Many opposition members and activists have already been imprisoned on charges of violating the quarantine regime, and discontent with both the quarantine rules and the brutal behavior of the police against this background is growing amongst the public.

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Albania turns to EU for help in extinguishing wildfires




The head of Albanian General Directorate of Civil Emergencies, Haki Çako, stated today that the operations for extinguishing the flames which have spread rapidly in some areas of the country are continuing, Report informs, citing the Albanian Daily News.

Çako noted that they have also contacted the center for responding to civil emergencies in Brussels, but an aggravated situation is present in other Balkan countries. He stated that troops of the Albanian Armed Forces were sent by helicopter to Karaburun to make extinguishing the flames possible.

"There are many forces from the ground that operate in certain units. We contacted the civil emergency response center in Brussels. Due to the aggravated situation, all Balkan countries have been affected by high temperatures that have also experienced fires. We will continue until the situation normalizes.

The operation has not started today. It has been days since it started. Today it has become necessary to intensify the human resources of the Armed Forces and increase the air force," Haki Çako said.

"With the work done and the increase of resources, we hope to keep the situation under control. Due to the difficult terrain, the operation continued yesterday and today. We intend to stop the advance of the fire," he stressed.

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Summer training period starts for Azerbaijani troops




Per the combat training plan for 2021, the types of troops, Army Corps, formations, and military units of the Azerbaijani Army have started a new training period, Report informs, citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

The primary goals and objectives, as well as their fulfillment during the training period, were brought to the attention at the events held in military units.

In order to increase the level of combat readiness of troops, the training process in the Army will be conducted following the requirements of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the orders of the Minister of Defense, taking into consideration the risks and real threats on land, at sea, and in the air, as well as combat experience gained in the Second Karabakh War.

Due to the beginning of the summer training period, drill reviews were held, the condition of the material and technical base in the military units was checked.

The combat readiness training started in all military units in the first days of the summer training period.

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Uzbekistan launches national strategy for dev’t of electronic commerce




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The Export Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade held the first meeting of the Working Group on the development of the National Strategy for the Development of Electronic Commerce in the Republic of Uzbekistan within the framework of the Ready4trade grant project. The event was organized in cooperation with the UNCTAD / WTO Center for International Trade and relevant ministries and departments of the country, Trend reports citing

During the opening ceremony, the head of the Working Group – Deputy Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade B. Rakhimov and Advisor to the Department of Research and Export Strategies of the UNCTAD / WTO Center for International Trade O. Khomula made speeches.

During the event, the members of the Working Group identified priority areas for joint work and drew up a plan of practical actions for the near future. In particular, an in-depth analysis of the country’s e-commerce ecosystem will be carried out at the initial stage.

Also, during their stay in Uzbekistan, the delegation of the Center held a number of meetings with the leadership of the relevant ministries and departments of the country, during which priorities for the development of e-commerce at the national level were identified and the importance of an inclusive dialogue between the state and the private sector in this direction was noted.

The Ready4Trade project is aimed at developing intraregional and international trade in five Central Asian countries by increasing the transparency of cross-border requirements, as well as improving cross-border e-commerce procedures. The project is being implemented by the UNCTAD / WTO Center for International Trade in close cooperation with national partners and funded by the European Union.

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