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New director general of Azerigaz PU of Azerbaijan State Oil Company SOCAR appointed

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By the order of President of the Azerbaijan State Oil Company SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev, personnel changes within the company structure have been made, Trend reports referring to the company.

Director General of Azerigaz Production Union (PU) Akbar Hajiyev has been appointed the head of SOCAR Gas Export Department, Deputy Director General of Azerigaz PU Ruslan Aliyev has been appointed the Azerigaz director general, Head of Gas Export Department Gagamali Seyfullayev has been appointed the head of the Oil and Gas Construction Trust, and Deputy Director of the Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Refinery Fizuli Taghiyev has been appointed the head of the SOCAR Security Department.

Mirkazim Abbasov and Rashad Aliyev have been appointed advisers to the SOCAR president.

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US criticism, elections and accusations – Week in the Caucasus from JAMnews

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• S. Ossetian authorities open crossing points with Georgia for pensioners, seriously ill – иге will be closed again soon

• Curtain closes on opera scandal involving Azerbaijani tenor, Armenian singer

• American congressmen write letter to Georgian PM detailing eight main problems in Georgia

• Putin bidding to stay in power forever—why this is the leading conclusion amongst experts

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Azerbaijani diaspora reacts to Armenian provocation in Ukrainian media

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News.Az presents an article headlined "Azerbaijani diaspora reacts to Armenian provocation in Ukrainian media" published by Vesti.az

“This is an obvious provocation of those worried about the growing level of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Ukraine. I can’t call otherwise the message of a number of Ukrainian media that “Azerbaijan, which was the venue for the official event under the auspices of the EU Eastern Partnership, refused the representative of Ukraine because of her Armenian origin”. This, according to the publication of “European Truth” refers to the director of the Department of International Cooperation and European Integration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Mary Hakobyan," the head of the United Diaspora of Azerbaijanis of Ukraine, Doctor of Law Hikmet Javadov wrote on his Facebook page.

“According to our data, the Conflict Analysis seminar really took place on January 13-16 in Baku. It was organized by the European Union for the countries of the Eastern Partnership. And the participants in this seminar were very pleased with how the event was organized. As for Ms. Hakobyan, she really was among those invited to participate in the event. The Azerbaijani side gave all guarantees of her security. But, for reasons inexplicable to the host country, at the very last moment, M. Hakobyan herself refused a trip to Azerbaijan.

After that, information leaked into the Ukrainian media distorted the facts and created the preconditions for speculation. This saddens us, representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora of Ukraine. Because it is quite obvious that the paymasters of such misinformation are the forces that are very concerned about the obvious development of Azerbaijani-Ukrainian relations.

Indeed, trade between our countries is growing, and political contacts between our countries are getting stronger. It’s enough to recall how warm and fruitful was the visit of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky to Baku last December. Within its framework, many meetings were held, many mutually beneficial documents were signed, relations between our countries received a new impetus.

And just recently, during the meeting held in Verkhovna Rada, the composition of the working group on inter-parliamentary relations between Ukraine and Azerbaijan was approved. It included 48 Ukrainian deputies. The co-chairs of the working group were deputies Valery Kolyukh and Vladimir Kreidenko. I was proud and happy to attend this meeting. At this meeting, my initiative to hold a meeting between members of the working group on interparliamentary relations with representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora in Ukraine was approved. To increase the effectiveness of the working group, it was important to choose a secretary from the Diaspora organization. I am grateful to everyone who supported the candidacy of Ivan Slobodianik nominated by me.

I’m talking about all this in order to show how much Azerbaijan-Ukraine relations have developed recently. And this, in my opinion, is what worries forces that are stirring up a “scandal” in the Ukrainian media. Moreover, the authors of this misinformation are trying to describe this case as if the “Hakobyan case” is evidence of a conflict between Kyiv and Baku.

This is not the case. But looking at this incident, we once again saw the “ears” of those who are so nervous about the rapid development of relations between our countries. Their attempts are in vain. Azerbaijan and Ukraine will further deepen relations, support each other in various international organizations, unlike Armenia, which has always supported Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea,” H. Javadov wrote.

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MGIMO rector says AliyevPutin dialogue trustbased

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Last year, the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia was developing steadily, MGIMO Rector, Academician Anatoly Torkunov, said during a lecture at ADA Baku University.

"Last year, our trade turnover hit $1 bn for the first time, and an increase has already been outlined this year," Torkunov said, according to Report.

According to him, the two presidents established a trust-based dialogue.

"I also want to remind you of the successful visit of the first vice president of Azerbaijan to Moscow. Parliamentary contacts are fairly active today. Five roadmaps are under successful implementation for the development of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The countries are drawing a separate map for the development of innovative technologies," said the MGIMO rector.

Torkunov said that the volume of Russian investments in the Azerbaijani economy amounted to $4.5bn, while Azerbaijan invested $1.5bn in Russia.

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