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Armenians to Get Gas Via Azerbaijan for First Time in 30 Years

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Gazprom PJSC will export natural gas to Armenia via Azerbaijan for the first time in almost three decades as the former Soviet neighbors work to reopen communication links following last year’s war.

The Russian gas giant’s export arm on Tuesday signed a short-term transit deal with Azeri state energy firm Socar, both companies said. Azerbaijan’s pipeline will be needed as the link that currently ships Russian gas to Armenia via Georgia will close for three weeks of maintenance, Gazprom said by email.

Armenia and Azerbaijan severed economic ties and communications in 1991 when they went to war over the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenians took the region and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan before Russia brokered a cease-fire in 1994.

Fighting broke out again last September, with Azerbaijan regaining control of much of the territory. Russia mediated another cease-fire in early November, deploying almost 2,000 troops to maintain peace, and in January the Azeri and Armenian leaders agreed to work on restoring economic and transport links.

Under this week’s deal with Gazprom, Socar will receive gas from the Russian company and then deliver it to neighboring Georgia, from where the fuel will be exported south to Armenia.

Azerbaijan already sends its own gas to Georgia and to Turkey, having invested billions of dollars to develop its industry in the past decade.

By Zulfugar Agayev

— With assistance by Dina Khrennikova

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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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