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Were Iskander missiles even used in Karabakh war? Opinions from Baku

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After the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan announced the use of the Russia-manufactured Iskander missile system in the second Karabakh war, there was a reaction not only from Armenia and Russia, but also from Azerbaijan.

Comments from Baku boil down to the question: were Iskander missiles even used?

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What happened?

In an interview with the opposition Armenian TV channel ArmNews, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan admitted to the use of the Iskander operational-tactical missile system during the second Karabakh war.

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In doing so, he answered ex-President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who accused the current authorities of the country that they did not use this weapon.

“Let him ask the question why the Iskander missile didn’t explode? Or why did it explode by 10 percent, for example?” Pashinyan said at the time, asking the former head of state through journalists.

The next day, there was a harsh reaction from Moscow to the words of the head of the Armenian government.

Reaction from Ilham Aliyev

On February 26, at a press conference by the President of Azerbaijan for local and foreign journalists, the correspondent of the Russian TV channel Zvezda asked Ilham Aliyev about Pashinyan’s statement on the use of the Iskander missile during the second Karabakh war.

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“As for the statement of the Prime Minister of Armenia in connection with the Iskander missile system, it also raised questions in our minds. I would not like to be ironic on this topic, there have already been enough comments among Russian officials, members of the Russian parliament, and experts that the rocket will explode by 10 percent, of course, we must try very hard to make this happen.

We didn’t see the launch of Iskander missiles, we didn’t see it. Therefore, when this statement was announced, yesterday we asked again. But no, we didn’t see that. This is just another, I would say, public blunder. There were already a lot of them.

And in principle, what is happening in Armenia now resembles some kind of tragicomedy scene. This is how I would describe what is happening there,”Aliyev replied.

Was Iskander ever present – commentary of the former Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan

In his commentary on this issue, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Tofig Zulfugarov, expressed doubts about the presence of Iskander OTRK in the Armenian armed forces.

“There is a heated discussion on the Internet about whether the Iskander OTRK is good or bad … I decided to re-publish the publication from three years ago in order to shift the discussion to a more important channel for us – do the Armenians have this complex or not?

The Armenians never had it, therefore they did not use it. And the topic was launched by Pashinyan in order to provoke Sargsyan to tell the truth – Armenia’s Iskanders are a propaganda fake launched by pro-Armenian circles of Russia with the aim of creating fear in Azerbaijan of Armenia’s “military might”. When a general has no soldiers, he fights with his tongue.

Now we are waiting, who will be the first to blab out and tell the truth Pashinyan, Sargsyan or Lavrov?” wrote Zulfugarov on his Facebook page.

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New CEO appointed to Azercell Telecom

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Zarina Zeynalova has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Azercell Telecom LLC, Report informs.

Zarina Zeynalova holds a post-graduate diploma in People Management & Development from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. She is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of People Management and Development (CIPD). She is a graduate of the Executive Management Development Program at Texas A&M University, USA. She holds a B.Sc. degree from Azerbaijan Medical University.

Z. Zeynalova has over 25 years of professional experience in management and organizational development across multiple geographies of the world. For 20 years she has held various management positions in BP offices in Azerbaijan, UK, and the US. She also held senior management positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Pasha Construction Group.

Note that the former head of Azercell Telecom LLC, Vahid Mursaliyev left his post due to the expiration of his contract.

The main priority of the new CEO of Azercell will be to ensure a leading position in the field of digital transformation in Azerbaijan, along with the development of the communication activities of Azercell.

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Oil prices go up 

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The oil prices, which fell this afternoon, rose again during the evening auctions.

Report informs that Brent crude for June delivery went up 0.12 percent to $66.86 a barrel, WTI June crude futures surged 0.22 percent to $63.33, while May futures climbed 0.17 percent to $63.24 a barrel.

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WHO extends emergency mode due to coronavirus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended the global emergency regime due to the COVID-19 pandemic for another three months.

The decision was made after the Committee on Emergency Situations of the WHO International Health Regulation (IHR) discussed the situation at the 7th meeting.

"The WHO Director-General accepted that the COVID-19 pandemic still remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and agreed with the committee's recommendations," the statement reads.

So far, 142 million people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 3 million of them have died.

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