Category: Features

Turkey Vows To ‘Actively Support’ Meskehtian Turks

Turkey has vowed to continue “to support the cause” of the Meskhetian Turks, voicing solidarity on the 74th anniversary of their deportation from Georgia to Central Asia under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. In a statement on November 14, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Ankara is “closely” following “the conditions and repatriation process” of Meskhetian […]

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Wife Of Jailed Azerbaijani Banker Detained In London

Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of the jailed former boss of Azerbaijan’s biggest bank, has been detained in London and faces extradition, the BBC reports. It said Hajiyeva, 55, was detained by Metropolitan Police last week after an extradition request from authorities in Azerbaijan, where she faces two charges of embezzlement. A judge at London’s Westminster […]

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Azerbaijani Authorities Say Two Extremists Killed In Tense City Of Ganca

BAKU — Authorities say police killed two alleged religious extremists in a confrontation in Ganca, Azerbaijan’s second-largest city and the site of past violence blamed on Islamic militants. Famil Alakbarov and Rustam Rzayev were killed on November 4 after they refused to stop their car and opened fire at police, the South Caucasus nation’s State […]

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No 2019 Eastern Partnership Summit Foreseen In Busy Post-Brexit EU

BRUSSELS — The European Union will not hold an Eastern Partnership summit in 2019, but a “high-level conference” marking the 10th anniversary of the forum will bring together the EU and the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, several sources have told RFE/RL. According to the sources — European Union […]

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Armenia Downplays Istanbul Declaration On Karabakh

Armenia has downplayed the significance of a declaration referring to Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh adopted by the foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran, and Azerbaijan at a meeting in Istanbul earlier this week. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was one of the issues on the agenda of the meeting held on October 29. The statement adopted at […]

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Bolton Vows To ‘Squeeze Iran,’ Explore Weapons Sales To Armenia

YEREVAN – U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton has vowed that President Donald Trump’s administration will “squeeze Iran” with maximum economic pressure in response to Tehran’s “malign” behavior in the Middle East and around the world. Bolton made the remarks in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL on October 25 after he met in Yerevan with Armenian […]

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Pashinian Sees Opportunity For Closer Armenia-U.S. Ties

Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has said his talks with visiting White House national-security adviser John Bolton were held in “an extremely positive atmosphere.” “I think there is a real opportunity to bring Armenia-U.S. relations to a new level. And we are ready to take advantage of this opportunity, ” Pashinian wrote on his […]

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