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US blacklists Armenian entities amid national security and foreign policy concerns

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The US Department of Commerce has blacklisted private entities representing 10 foreign countries, including Armenia.

Two Armenian companies, Markel CJSC, and Yerevan Telecommunications Research Institute (YETRI) CJSC have appeared the sanctions list, according to the official statement released yesterday, tert.am reports.

All in all, the Department has imposed sanctions on 17 entities which were found to be “acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests.”

“ETRI CJSC has obtained CCL items that were reexported without the required BIS licenses, and the person who is both Executive Director of YETRI CJSC and President of Markel CJSC has been engaged in a business relationship with a sanctioned Iranian organization,” reads the statement.

The restrictions apply also to Joint-Stock Company Kaluga Scientific Research Institute of Radio Engineering (KNIRTI, Russia) and 14 other entities based in Georgia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates.

The measure enters into effect on August 14.

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Azerbaijani delegation attends 41st meeting of BSEC Council of Foreign Ministers in Athens

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An Azerbaijani delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev has attended the 41st meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Athens, Greece.

The meeting focused on issues of sectoral cooperation within the organization, activities of working groups, ways to increase effectiveness, as well as organizational issues, cooperation between BSEC and other countries and organizations.

The draft documents on economic cooperation that had been under review by the organization for a long time were also discussed at the meeting. However, due to the non-constructive attitude of the Armenian side and its ignorance of norms of international law, those documents couldn’t be adopted again and therefore aroused discontent among the member countries.

In his remarks, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev noted that Azerbaijan is interested in productive and project-oriented activity within the organization. He stressed the significance of the activities aimed at producing concrete results.

Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev emphasized that the protracted conflicts impeded the development of cooperation in the region, negatively affecting the cooperation within BSEC, and isolating Armenia, which has occupied Azerbaijan’s territories, from all regional projects.

Azerbaijan's presidency in the organization under the motto “Boosting Trade through Connectivity” lasted from July 1 to December 31, 2018. Development of transport hubs in the BSEC region, improvement of regional cooperation in areas such as tourism, agriculture, and communications was among the key priorities of Azerbaijan’s presidency.

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71 candidates approved for extraordinary parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan

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The number of applications to participate in the early parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan (Feb.9) has been announced.

Report informs, Chairman of Central Election Commission Mazahir Panahov said during a speech at today's session that a total of 268 candidates applied. According to Panahov, the candidacy of 71 applicants has already been approved. 29 of the applicants had received their signature sheets.

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German magazine publishes article on ArmeniaAzerbaijan NagornoKarabakh conflict

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Germany-based scientific journal “Politics and society in the Caucasus”, has published an article on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Co-authored by AzerTag’s employee of political and official news desk, Ph.D. in political sciences Anar Allahverdi and director of the Research Centre Southeast Europe and the Caucasus, Dr. Christian Johannes Henrich, the article notes that Azerbaijani territories were occupied as a result of an aggressive policy which Armenia has historically pursued.

The article analyzes the history of the conflict, as well as steps taken to resolve it.

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