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2017 August 07 ( Monday )  10:35:00
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Chronicle of Events

07/01/17: The Deputy Chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) Gezal Bayramli, who was detained in Kurdakhany Detention Center, said her rights had been violated and demanded her visit by the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan.

07/02/17: The lawyer Yalchin Imanov reported on new cases of pressure on the leader of the Islamic Party of Azerbaijan Movsum Samedov, who is kept in Prison No. 12.

07/03/17: Elchin Zahiroglu, editor of the Baku Post website (bakupost.az), detained by the police on July 1, was released.

07/05/17: Russia demanded the cessation of discrimination against Russian citizens arriving in Azerbaijan with Armenian surnames.

07/04/17: Two local residents were killed as a result of firing by Armenians of the Alkhanly village of the Fizuli region in the south of Karabakh. Another local resident was injured and hospitalized.

07/05/17: The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group issued a statement "in connection with the events in the village of Alkhanly," where two civilians were killed last night as a result of shelling from the Armenian side and another person was seriously injured. The Co-Chairs called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to immediately cease military operations.

07/05/17: Murder of two people and wounding several more as a result of firing by the Armenian forces of Alkhanly village of the Fizuli region of Azerbaijan is an additional evidence of vandalism and the terrorist nature of Armenia. This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan.

07/05/17: Journalist Aytaj Ahmedova was interrogated for more than two hours in the Investigative Directorate for Grave Crimes of the Prosecutor General's Office. The interrogation was related to the criminal case concerning the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly and the activity of the Internet resource Meydan TV.

07/05/17: The State Duma Committee on CIS affairs and relations with compatriots supported the candidacy of Georgy Zuev for the post of RF Ambassador to Azerbaijan.

07/05/17: Regular shelling of civilians near the line of contact is a purposeful policy of Armenia. This was stated at the briefing by the official representative of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev.

07/05/17: The shelling of the village of Alkhanly was a deliberate provocation of the Armenian Republic against the civilian population of Azerbaijan. This was stated at the briefing at the Foreign Ministry by the head of the press service of the Ministry of Defense, Vagif Dargahli.

07/05/17: Two more journalists were summoned to the Investigative Directorate for Grave Crimes of the Prosecutor General's Office as witnesses. These are independent journalists Isolda Agayeva and Islam Shikhali. The call was connected with the criminal cases of the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly and Meydan TV.

07/06/17: The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded "the cessation of outrageous discriminatory practices incompatible with friendly relations between the two countries." This is stated in the commentary of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in connection with the ban on the entry into Azerbaijan of Russian citizens who have Armenian roots.

07/06/17: The US Embassy in Baku issued an appeal to its citizens in connection with the expected protests in the area of ​​the US Embassy in connection with the death of two civilians from the Armenian shelling in the Fizuli region.

07/06/17: Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received the head of the European Union mission in Azerbaijan Malena Mard in connection with the completion of her diplomatic mission.

07/06/17: The US Embassy in Baku made a statement in connection with the death of residents of the village of Alkhanly - two-year-old Zakhra Guliyeva and her grandmother Sahiba Guliyeva. The event is called "a deep tragedy, as well as the deaths and injuries of all those who were affected by this conflict for decades."

07/06/17: The repeated expression of the Russian Foreign Ministry's attitude to the ban on the entry of Russian citizens of Armenian origin into the territory of Azerbaijan in an undiplomatic form is surprising and perplexing. Such an unfriendly attitude does not correspond to the spirit of strategic partnership between the two states, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said.

07/06/17: The US is concerned about the recent aggravation of the situation in the Karabakh conflict zone, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said at a briefing in Washington D.C. "The US is deeply concerned about violations of the ceasefire in the Karabakh conflict zone on July 4, resulting in civilian casualties, including the death of a child." We want to express our condolences to the families of the victims," she said.

07/06/17: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev and expressed his condolences over the murder of two Azerbaijani civilians by the Armenian military, the presidential press service reported. Ilham Aliyev said during a telephone conversation that the last incident is another war crime committed by the Armenian Armed Forces against the peaceful population of Azerbaijan.

07/06/17: The French mission to the OSCE made a statement on behalf of the three OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, which again referred to the shelling of the village of Alkhanly. "Russia, France and the United States considered it important to immediately resume negotiations with a view to peaceful resolution of the conflict, as the only way to achieve peace," the statement said.

07/06/17: Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan Najmeddin Sadikhov left for the US to participate in the Second International Conference of Chiefs of Staff, which was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on July 6-7.

07/07/17: The Karabakh conflict cannot be solved by military means. The US is actively working with Armenia and Azerbaijan to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. This was said by the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta in his interview with the Azerbaijani service of the Voice of America.

07/07/17: PACE rapporteurs on Azerbaijan and Armenia expressed concern over growing tension in connection with the shelling of the village of Alkhanly of the Fizuli region. They expressed their condolences over human losses and called on the parties to respect the ceasefire and return to the negotiating table, since there is no military solution to this conflict.

07/07/17: The spouse of the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly, who was kidnapped in Tbilisi, and then brought to the Baku prison, claimed that she was being followed.

07/07/17: The European Court will consider the case of the Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarly in an accelerated regime, Mukhtarli's lawyer Archil Chopikashvili said.

07/07/17: In the evening, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia confirmed the wounding of three servicemen as a result of shelling from the Azerbaijani side.

According to the Armenian side, the fire was opened from the D-30 and D-44 guns, as well as from mortars and grenade launchers.

07/07/17: New civil initiative "Youth for peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict" was established. It was created by a group of young people who previously participated in peacekeeping projects within the framework of the EU Eastern Partnership program. The project involves young people from Azerbaijan and Armenia, representatives of the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh.

07/07/17: By the verdict of the Imishli district court of July 6, the regional correspondent of the newspaper Gundem Khabar Mahbub Zulfugarli was sentenced to five months of imprisonment under article 147.1 (libel). He was taken into custody in the courtroom.

07/07/17: The US Embassy organized a reception on the occasion of the Independence Day of this country - July 4. The event was attended by representatives of the government, parliament and the public of Azerbaijan.

07/08/17: In Azerbaijan, a journalist and a human rights activist filed a lawsuit against Formula-1, accusing it of violating human rights, restricting freedom of movement and the right to rest.

07/08/17: The state of health of the arrested deputy chairman of the Popular Front Party Gezal Bayramli and the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly continues to deteriorate, and the head of the Internet resource Kanal 13 Aziz Orujov is still not given meetings with his family. This was reported to RadioAzadlig by the attorney Elchin Sadigov who visited them in the Baku Detention Center.

07/08/17: The youth activist Giyas Ibrahimov, who is serving a prison sentence in Prison No 2, is tortured. This was reported by his mother Shura Amiraslanova, who intended to hold a protest action before the administration of the country's President.

07/09/17: A meeting of the Presidents of Turkey and Azerbaijan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ilham Aliyev was held in Istanbul. The heads of state met at a working dinner at the Huber residence in the Tarabya area.

07/10/17: Azerbaijan received another batch of military equipment, ammunition and other military-technical equipment from Russia, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry"s press service said.

07/10/17: In Baku in the first half of 2017, the number of crimes directed against a person decreased. In comparison with the same period in 2016, the decrease was 3.4%. The number of attempted murders decreased 46.2%. This was announced at an operational meeting in the Chief Police Department of Baku.

07/10/17: The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the XXII World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The parties discussed the situation in the field of political and economic reforms and the development of democracy in Azerbaijan.

07/10/17: Fizuli Huseynov, a member of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA), was arrested for 10 days by the decision of the Sabail district court. He was found guilty of "disobeying the lawful demands of the police."

07/10/17: Attorney Elchin Sadigov appealed to Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov with a request to investigate the complaints of the defendant Giyas Ibrahimov about torture in Prison No. 2.

07/11/17: The Head of State Ilham Aliyev received the head of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of Uzbekistan Artukbek Yusupov and the head of the Muslims of Uzbekistan Mufti Usmobkhon Alimov.

07/11/17: The journalist Ainur Elgunesh was interrogated for more than three hours in the Investigative Directorate for Grave Crimes of the Prosecutor General's Office. She told Radio Azadlig that the interrogation was connected with the activity of the Internet resource Meydan TV.

07/11/17: The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russian Ambassador Igor Popov, Ambassador of France Stefan Visconti and US Ambassador Richard Hoagland met in Brussels with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian. The co-chairs proposed holding a meeting of the Presidents before the end of the year.

07/12/17: Baku agreed to hold a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the framework of the session of the UN General Assembly in New York in September. This was stated by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev in connection with the results of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries Elmar Mammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian held in Brussels the day before.

07/12/17: An expanded meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country was held under the chairmanship of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, dedicated to the results of the country's social and economic development in the first half of 2017.

07/12/17: Ilham Aliyev dismissed Major-General Novruzali Orujov from the post of deputy head of the State Service for Mobilization and the Call for Military Service. The reason for the dismissal was not specified. However, according to media reports, the General was dismissed for the hooliganism committed by his son Rustam Orujov.

07/12/17: Thirty-three international non-governmental organizations made an appeal to the French President calling for assistance in the release of political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

07/12/17: The solution of the Karabakh conflict remains the main component of Azerbaijan's foreign policy, President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

07/12/17: US-Azerbaijan relations are entering a new stage, President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on the results of the country's social and economic development in the first half of the year. At the same time he pointed to the content of the welcome message of the US President, Donald Trump on the occasion of the 24th Caspian Oil and Gas Conference-2017.

07/13/17: Issues of US-Azerbaijani cooperation in military and military-technical sphere were discussed today at the meeting of Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov with US Ambassador Robert Cekuta. The new military attaché of the American Embassy Adam Kavlik was presented to the Minister of Defense.

07/13/17: Azerbaijani Armed Forces have anti-missile weapons capable of shooting down missiles from Iskander complexes located in Armenia. This was stated by the Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov in an interview with RIA Novosti.

07/13/17: The contract for delivery of tanks and the Smerch and Msta-C installations from Russia was carried out by 90%. Baku paid for the weapons and successfully uses them. This was stated by Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov in an interview with RIA Novosti.

07/13/17: In relation to Hasan Ibrahimov, the father of the young activist Giyas Ibrahimov who was imprisoned, a criminal case was initiated under Article 289.2 (disrespect for the judge).

07/14/17: The Platform of the Open Government Initiative of Civil Society of Azerbaijan proposed a package of measures for participation of civil society institutions in discussions of the state budget in the country's parliament.

07/17/17: Relations between France and Azerbaijan are dynamically developing in all spheres. This was the leitmotif of the speech of the French Ambassador to Azerbaijan Aurelia Bouchet at the solemn reception on the occasion of the National Day of the country - Bastille Day. She noted the active political dialogue between the two countries at a high level.

07/17/17: Reports on dismissal and even alleged imprisonment of the head of the Minister of the Interior of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Ahmad Ahmadov, began to circulate in the local media.

07/17/17: The official one-day visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Latvia began. After the negotiations, the sides signed a number of intergovernmental documents.

07/17/17: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is confident that his visit to Riga and the signed agreements will have a positive impact on the development of Azerbaijan-Latvia relations. This was stated by Aliyev at a joint press conference with his Latvian counterpart in Riga.

07/17/17: Latvia supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, said the President of this Baltic country Raymonds Veyonis at a joint press conference with the head of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Riga. The Latvian President stressed that the Karabakh conflict can be resolved only peacefully on the basis of norms and principles of international law.

07/17/17: Four Azerbaijani-Latvian documents were signed in Riga, following the talks between the leaders of the two countries - Ilham Aliyev and Raymonds Veyonis. The Presidents signed the Joint Declaration on the establishment of a strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Latvia.

07/17/17: "The government of Georgia should give Afgan Mukhtarly the status of a victim," the European Parliament deputy, head of the Euronest PA Rebecca Harmes said at a press conference in Tbilisi.

07/17/17: The trial on the appeal of the convicted leader of the Islamic Party of Azerbaijan Movsum Samedov was completed at the Baku Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal upheld the decision to transfer Samedov to a strict regime prison.

07/17/17: The Baku Court of Appeal rejected the complaint of the youth activist Giyas Ibrahimov. Earlier, Ibrahimov's lawyers appealed to the court against violation of the activist's rights to the privacy of correspondence and confidential communication with his defenders.

07/18/17: In the first half of 2017 law enforcement agencies of Azerbaijan revealed 1,697 facts of illegal drug trafficking.

07/18/17: Co-chairs of the international working group on the search for missing persons and the release of prisoners and hostages as a result of the Karabakh conflict Svetlana Gannushkina, Pata Zakreshishvili and Bernard Clazen paid a visit to Khankendi with the aim of continuing peacekeeping activities and restoring ties in Nagorno-Karabakh.

07/19/17: Three-party meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan Elmar Mammadyarov, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Rashid Meredov took place in Baku. The agenda included issues of regional cooperation and interaction in the energy and transport spheres.

The State Security Service (SSS) reported on the exposure of a spy network. As a result of counterintelligence measures carried out by the SSS, an Azerbaijani citizen Mukhtar Jamal Oglu Yagubov was detained while attempting to export small-size spy information by order of foreign special services on an electronic medium.

07/19/17: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on allocating one-time financial assistance totaling AZN 1 million to newspapers published in the country.

07/19/17: The Main Directorate of Public Security of the Ministry of Internal Affairs held operational events in the Yasamal and Nizami districts of the capital, as well as in the cities of Gandja and Shirvan and the towns of Guba and Terter.

07/20/17: The blogger Alexander Lapshin was sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment with serving his sentence in a common regime prison under Article 318.2 of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan (illegal border crossing). Ten people were punished for illegal religious propaganda.

07/20/17: Otar Kuprashvili resigned as head of the Department for Combating Terrorism of the State Security Service of Georgia. This is reported in a press release of this structure. The reason for the resignation of the head of such a significant structure is explained with the investigation into the strange disappearance of the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly, who was later arrested in Azerbaijan, in Georgia.

07/20/17: The Chief of Border Police and the Director of the Counterintelligence Department were dismissed in Georgia. This was due to the disappearance of the opposition Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarly in Tbilisi and his following arrest in Baku.

07/20/17: The Baku Court of Appeal ruled on the complaint of the accused on the so-called Nardaran case, leaving the verdict of the first instance court in force. At the same time, lawyers said the court read out the decision in their absence.

07/22/17: Answering the questions of young Russian talents in the Sochi center of Sirius, Putin said he was in a hurry, because he would have a "difficult conversation" with Ilham Aliyev an hour later.

07/22/17: In the evening in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

07/23/17: The journalist and the head of the Internet resource Channel 13 Aziz Orujov lost consciousness in the cell in Baku Detention Center No1 because of the intense heat and lack of fresh air in the cell.

07/24/17: The financial director of the opposition Azadlig newspaper Faig Amirli was sentenced to 3.3 years of imprisonment and a fine of 39,000 manat by the Sabail District Court's decision. The court ignored the defense's request for Amirli's acquittal.

07/24/17: The head of the Baku bureau of Internet television Channel 13 Aziz Orujov was subjected to inhuman treatment in the detention center. His wife Lamia Orujova found it out in a telephone conversation with her husband.

07/24/17: A group of PFPA activists held a protest action in front of the Ministry of Justice. They demanded stopping the inhuman treatment of Gezal Bayramli, vice-chairman of PFPA, who is in Baku Detention Center No. 1.

07/25/17: The State Security Service of Azerbaijan stated that it had uncovered an international criminal cyber group that illegally abducted 3.7 million manat from the banking network.

07/25/17: On the territory of the Terter region, on the line of confrontation between the troops, the Armenian Armed Forces again used a military unmanned aerial vehicle, the Ministry of Defense informed.

07/25/17: The Chairman of the Muslim Unity Movement, theologian Taleh Bagirzadeh was imprisoned in a solitary confinement cell in Baku Detention Center for a period of 7 days. This was reported by Bagirov's lawyer Zibeyda Sadigova, who met with him in the detention center on July 25.

07/26/17: The Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan issued a joint statement in which they blamed Armenia for the consequences of its provocations and the occupation of part of the territory of Azerbaijan.

07/26/17: 26,660 cannabis bushes with a total mass of 26 tons 685 kg and dried marijuana weighing 23 kg were discovered and seized during the operation in the Balakan and Zagatala districts. The operation was carried out by the officers of the Ministry of the Interior and servicemen of the State Border Service from July 5 to 26.

08/31/17: Representatives in the Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan met with the Israeli delegation headed by the Director of the Defense Exports Department of the Israeli Defense Ministry Michel Ben Baruch. The Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan reported that the issues of cooperation in the sphere of defense industry were discussed.

08/31/17: Lieutenant of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan Huseyn Akberly was killed as a result of shelling from the Armenian side, the press service of the Defense Ministry reported.

Trump"s Message

07/09/17: A meeting of the Presidents of Turkey and Azerbaijan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ilham Aliyev was held in Istanbul. The heads of state met at a working dinner at the Huber residence in the Tarabya area.

07/10/17: The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the XXII World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The parties discussed the situation in the field of political and economic reforms and the development of democracy in Azerbaijan.

Journey from Warsaw to Istanbul

President Ilham Aliyev, after a two-week international voyage, once again indicated his participation in domestic affairs by the reception of an Uzbek religious delegation.

Aliyev's tour began with a visit to Poland on June 26-28, and ended with a dinner with President Erdogan and a conversation with US Secretary of State, Tillerson, during an oil conference in Istanbul on July 9-10.

In Poland, Aliyev actually announced a return to active pro-European politics, somewhat even in a defiant tone, which until quite recently could seriously disappoint Moscow. But today the information coming from various capitals, from super-power to the countries barely noticeable on world maps, shows that the time of compromises between East and West begins to replace the era of the last years of confrontation in the space from Ukraine to Syria.

Important geopolitical players in the South Caucasus, the United States and Russia, at the G-20 summit in Hamburg demonstrated to the whole world the convergence of positions in Ukraine and Syria, which are clear destabilizing factors of relations between the West and Russia.

Perhaps the meeting between Trump and Putin was the most notable informal agenda for the summit, which, at the time of the settlement of an important geopolitical confrontation, unleashed a knot of issues - combating climate warming and a free trade zone.

This key meeting, which satisfied both sides, creates prerequisites for reaching agreement on the South Caucasus, where the closer regional cooperation between Azerbaijan and Armenia with the European Union and the achievement of a compromise peace between the two belligerent states finding in the transaction between the Soviet past and the European future are important regional themes.

Reports from Yerevan that Armenia is preparing to sign an agreement on a comprehensive and expanded partnership with the consent of the Kremlin suggest that the South Caucasus figured the US-Russian dialogue. This agreement may be called a compromise, since it excludes the wording on the goal of EU membership, but at the same time, it lays the platform for association with this interstate organization. The same agreement is being prepared with Azerbaijan, which, as always, is more restrained in the issue of reaching a deal with the EU. It is expected that both countries will sign agreements with the EU in November in Brussels at the summit of the "Eastern Partnership". The last established cooperation between the US and Russia creates real chances for this. It should also be taken into account that unlike Georgia, which always outstripped its Caucasian neighbors in the European integration, Armenia and Azerbaijan became members of various European unions and projects virtually simultaneously. This was the case with membership in the Council of Europe, Partnership for Peace, etc. Facts give grounds to say that both sides will conclude long-awaited agreements with the EU in November, which will raise the bar of relations to a new level of European integration.

These issues, as shown by the brief official report on the meeting between Aliyev and Tillerson, were touched upon in Istanbul. The Secretary of State, who took part in the G20 summit on the eve of the meeting, and has information on Trump and Putin's agreements on a range of issues, could more confidently talk with Aliyev about the near future of his country's destiny, opening the corridor for maneuvers in the framework of the latest agreements between the presidents of the United States and Russia.

The meager and veiled information of the Aliyev administration on his meeting with the Secretary of State shows that the issue of Azerbaijan's development based on a stable transaction from authoritarianism to democracy was the key one. The silent reaction of the United States to the last year's referendum in Azerbaijan, which opened the way to intra-family continuity of power, is now being continued in the Azerbaijani-American dialogue and increasingly points to the fact that the issue of the 2018 elections with the planned castling of Ilham and Mehriban Aliyevs becomes more realistic . But this castling is closely tied to the commitment to reforms, of which 12 road economic maps and national human rights action plans, etc., of which Washington has been mildly reminiscent recently, are an integral part.

We talked about Aliyev's visit to Poland and Turkey, but we do not know anything about his meetings between June 28 and July 8. However, However, his one-to-one dinner with Erdogan, which plays an important role in Azerbaijani affairs, shows that Aliyev was already ready by this time for a talk with Tillerson in the atmosphere of the warming the Turkish-American, American-Russian and Turkish-Russian relations. This mutual agreement between the important participants of the Caucasian process creates favorable conditions for the reform of Azerbaijan, stuck in the midst of the ups and downs of its 25-year post-Soviet autonomous existence. But, of course, the conversation between Aliyev and the Uzbek delegation was not about it.

Difficult Conversation

07/22/17: Answering the questions of young Russian talents in the Sochi center of Sirius, Putin said he was in a hurry, because he would have a "difficult conversation" with Ilham Aliyev an hour later.

07/22/17: In the evening in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

After Meeting with Tillerson, Meeting with Putin Was Inevitable

The past four days after the sudden working visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Sochi and the evening rally with Russian President Vladimir Putin did not open anything new about this meeting, announced by the theses on friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding.

The only news, got from the supposedly Russian diplomatic sources, to the Azerbaijani pro-governmental resource about Aliyev's statements on the intrigues of "third forces", in particular, the Armenian forces in Moscow, wishing to drive a wedge into relations between the two states.

At the handshake ceremony on July 22, the two presidents defined the topic of consultations as issues of bilateral relations, world and regional policy. An explicit emphasis was placed on regional projects, which, as you know, are in the final stage of the project. Although the presidents did not publicly mention them, it is known that they are about the North-South and East-West railway corridors, which are in the pre-launch stage and the energy trans-Caspian gas pipeline, which until now has been waiting for Moscow's blessing. And, of course, the important issue of the exchange of opinions was the draft agreement on strategic partnership of Azerbaijan with the EU, which is being signed in the autumn.

A couple of days before the meeting between Putin and Aliyev in Baku, tripartite consultations of the foreign and customs services of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan were held, which declared the need for the speedy launch of all communication trans-Caspian projects.

Taking into account the special care of all three participants in this sensitive issue, where the word of Russia always had a special significance, we can talk about a certain change in the view from Moscow to the Turkic cooperation in the Caucasus region.

Russia has stable relations with all three participants of the transit process and their summation in a single point cannot be unprofitable for Moscow, especially in the light of the settlement of global challenges for Russia, among which the economic crisis, the protection of traditional Russian economic spheres of influence take the first place.

The Putin-Aliyev working meeting and the consultations of the Turkic Troyka in Baku could receive an impetus from the meeting of the Russian and US presidents in Hamburg at the G20 meeting, where the parties noted the achievement of agreement and mutual understanding on almost all issues. The issue of the South Caucasus plays an important role, especially the issue of a further, higher level of integration of the South Caucasus into the Western community, both at the economic and political level.

The political part of the cooperation for today remained less advanced due to Russia's negative attitude toward such a trend. But the messages that followed the Trump-Putin meeting about Moscow's agreement to build strategic relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the European Union show that the Kremlin received assurances of security for its interests in the region and that the South Caucasus-EU relations will not create a headache for Putin and his entourage.

More detailed information on Trump and Putin's arrangements for Azerbaijan and the region can be obtained from US Secretary of State Tillerson who arrived after the summit in Hamburg in Istanbul, where he received the Azerbaijani leader on July 10, who held consultations with Erdogan last night. After agreeing with Tillerson on further steps on a regional scale, the meeting with Putin was inevitable.