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Armenia Accuses Azerbaijan Of Launching Fresh Attack On Border

The Armenian military has accused Azerbaijani forces of again attacking one of its positions at a section of the border where deadly fighting raged last week.

Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanian said late on July 21 that an Azerbaijani commando unit suffered heavy losses while being repelled by Armenian troops deployed in the Tavush region. Some of the unit's soldiers were "left trapped" as a result of the failed incursion, she said, without elaborating.

"The Armenian side suffered no casualties," Stepanian wrote on Facebook.

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied the claim.

"There were no new attacks, let alone casualties, from our side," ministry spokesman Vagif Dargahli said. "The Armenian report is yet another disinformation."

Dargahli said earlier in the day that the situation on the border between Tavush and the Tovuz district in western Azerbaijan remained "tense but stable."

Fighting between the neighboring countries had calmed recently after a flare-up of violence on July 12 that lasted several days.

The Armenian military said on Twitter that the fresh fighting broke out at 10:30 p.m. on July 21, when Azerbaijani special forces attempted an attack on an outpost known as Anvakh but "failed and fled with losses."

After fighting at the volatile border section broke out on July 12, each side accused the other of trying to seize its frontline positions in the mountainous area. At least 12 Azerbaijani soldiers, including a general, and four Armenian servicemen died before the clashes involving artillery fire and drone attacks largely stopped on July 16.

WATCH: Armenia showed off parts of drones on July 21, saying they belonged to Azerbaijan and that Armenian armed forces had shot them down during border fighting last week

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According to Stepanian, Azerbaijani special forces targeted late in the evening the same hilltop post of the Armenian Army that they had unsuccessfully stormed early on July 16.

"Although there was no gunfire as of 12:47 a.m., I must nonetheless note that the leadership of the Azerbaijani armed forces is not in control of the situation," the Armenian official wrote in another Facebook post early on July 22.

Russia has expressed concern over the recent escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which maintain deep hostilities in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The international community has expressed serious concern over the worst escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in years.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a war over the region in the late 1980s and early 1990s as they transitioned into independent countries amid the dissolution of the Soviet Union. About 30,000 people were killed.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but is controlled by Armenian separatists.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe last week issued a statement urging the sides to resume peace talks. Both Washington and Moscow called on the countries to halt the violence immediately.

With reporting by RFE/RL's Armenian Service and dpa

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Azerbaijani ‘Barda’ ferry ship repaired and put into operation

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The repair of the Barda ferry ship, which belongs to the transport flotilla of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping (ASCO) at the Zykh Ship Repair and Construction Yard, has been completed, Trend reports citing ASCO.

The body was welded, pipe-laying and electrical work, boiler and waterproof doors were repaired.

Moreover, the mechanical and electrical parts of deck cranes and locomotives have been adjusted.

The surface of the ferry and the carriage deck were cleaned and painted twice. The upholstery of sofas and armchairs were also repaired and replaced. After successfully completing sea trials, the ferry was put into operation.

The length of the Barda ferry is 154.5 meters, the width is 17 meters, and the maximum speed is 13.9 knots. The ferry has a capacity of 54 wagons.

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Azerbaijan reveals data on loans issued to farmers over 11M2020

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Around 5,623 farmers and entrepreneurs received loans and incentives for agriculture from the Agrarian Credit and Development Agency of Azerbaijan from January through November 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture told Trend.

Over 65 million manat ($38.2 million) has been allocated to AKIA agricultural producers.

Of these funds, more than 32 million manat ($18.8 million) were issued as microcredits and loans for other purposes, 33.4 million manat ($19.6 million) as loans to finance agricultural machinery and livestock on favorable terms.

Of the loans issued, 20.6 million manat ($12.1 million) fell on microcredits. More than 2,200 farmers received microcredits.

At the expense of funds of the Agrarian Credit and Development Agency for agricultural lending and development under the Ministry of Agriculture, farmers are issued microcredits at 12 percent, cash loans, loans for agricultural and other purposes at 7 percent.

The state pays 60 percent of the cost of breeding livestock purchased by agricultural producers and 40 percent of the cost of equipment.

During the reporting period, the agency gave farmers more than 75.7 million manat in subsidies for the purchase of equipment and breeding livestock.

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Iran hopes for economic revival of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh – Vice President Jahangiri

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Iran is ready to participate in the restoration of Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding areas, Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said, Trend reports citing official website of the First VP.

He made the remark at the 19th meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries.

The vice president stressed that in this regard, Iran can use its economic potential, especially in the area of energy and transit.

“Iran considers the security and stability of the region and neighboring countries as its security and stability, and welcomes the restoration of peace with relation to Nagorno-Karabakh,” he noted.

Jahangiri added that Iran expresses hope that the end of military confrontation in region will be beginning of economic revival.

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