Azerbaijan (i/ˌæzərbaɪˈdʒɑːn/AZ-ər-by-JAHN; Azerbaijani:Azərbaycan[ɑzærbɑjdʒɑn]), officially the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani:Azərbaycan Respublikası), is a transcontinental country in the Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, while having a short border with Turkey in the northwest.
The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic proclaimed its independence in 1918 and became the first Muslim-majority democratic and secular republic. It was also the first Muslim-majority country to have operas, theaters and modern universities. The country was incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1920 as the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. Azerbaijan proclaimed its independence on 30 August 1991, before the official dissolution of the USSR. In September 1991, the disputed Armenian-majority Nagorno-Karabakh region re-affirmed its willingness to create a separate state as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The region, effectively independent since the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1991, is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan until a final solution to its status is found through negotiations facilitated by the OSCE.
Aliyev’s been making outright "historical claims” to Armenian territory, not just in Nagorno-Karabakh, but around capital of Yerevan, and – here’s the key – to the entire section of southeastern Armenia dividing Azerbaijan-proper from its Nakhichevan enclave.
“Turkey has not caused the problems in Syria and Afghanistan, but Turkey bears the consequences of all these problems,” he said while speaking to the media in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. “This is a problem for the whole world. Every country needs to realize and fulfill its responsibility in this regard.” ... .
Protesters took the streets in Tabriz, the provincial capital of the northwestern EastAzerbaijan province, to express support for protesters in Khuzestan on Saturday night, according to activists and footage circulating on social media ...Ahwaz is the provincial capital of Khuzestan.
Apple has officially announced winners of its 14th iteration of the annual iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) of 2021. The first position for the Photographer of the Year award has been bagged by India’s Pune-based Sharan Shetty. This comes as a proud moment for the country ... The photo has been clicked at Yanar Dag, Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan ... .
As Turkey begins to realize the strategic potential of closer ties with Israel, it could rely on Azerbaijan to help facilitate a rapprochement ... The Potential Role of Azerbaijan ... Such a mediator role would capitalize on the common goals and positive relations Azerbaijan shares with Israel.