Factors Contributing to Azerbaijan’s Growing Domestic Military Industry

By Ilgar Gurbanov

Azerbaijan’s Defense Industry (DI) Minister Yaver Jamalov said, on April 27, that 89 percent of domestic DI output during the first quarter of 2018 was made up of special-purpose defense products, some of which are exported to more than ten countries. He added that this export volume has doubled compared to 2017 (Mdi.gov.az, April 27).

Azerbaijan Democratic Republic as the first democratic, parliamentary and secular republic in Islamic East

By Rusif Huseynov & Elmira Hasanova 

Despite being divided by Russia and Iran and deprived of its own statehood in the early 19th century, the Azerbaijanis in both north and south underwent the national awakening and fought for liberty in the beginning of the 20th century, this struggle peaking with the declaration of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on 28 May 1918.

Uzbekistan happy with strengthening strategic partnership with Russia: Mirziyoyev

By Fikret Dolukhanov

Uzbekistan is satisfied with consistent strengthening of the Uzbek-Russian strategic partnership, as well as with high dynamics of development of practical cooperation in all areas of mutual interest, the press service of the Uzbek president stated quoting Shavkat Mirziyoyev as saying on May 22 at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, who is on an official visit in Tashkent.

President Kaljulaid in Ukraine: the war in Ukraine must not become inevitable

The President of the Republic met today in Kiev, within the framework of an official visit, with the Head of State of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. The main issues discussed at the meeting included co-operation between the two countries, the development of Ukraine and the progress of reforms, energy security in Europe, and the war in Eastern Ukraine and the situation in occupied Crimea.