A rare incident has taken place on the Azerbaijan-Georgia border, in which an ethnic Azeri shepherd from Georgia, Ramin Bakirov, was shot in the head and critically wounded by Azeri border guards from the State Border Service (SBS). Different versions of the incident circulated on Georgian and Azeri media, allContinue Reading

This week, after an apparent two -month pause in official visits to the frontline locations, Azeri Defence minister Zakir Hasanov visited military bases and installations along the north and south of the line-of-contact (LoC). On 4 December, Hasanov visited military positions near the Leletepe heights and a memorial to AzeriContinue Reading

According to an official publication from the Azeri State Border Service (SBS), a shootout between drug smugglers and an SBS border guards (1, 2)took place on 23 November on the border with Iran, near the town of Bala Bahmanli. During the incident, border guards fired warning shots and gave outContinue Reading

Today, Azeri Defence minister Zakir Hasanov visited troops on the line-of-contact to mark the holiday of Kurban Bayram (Eng. Feast of Sacrifice) accompanied by several high-ranking officials from the ministry. The official source pointed out that Hasanov conversed with the troops, following up on different issues, after which he alsoContinue Reading

Armenian Defence minister Artak Davatyan and the head of Azerbaijan’s State Border Service (SBS), Elchin Guliyev, apparently visited military outposts and installations in the same area, possibly within hours of each other. This comes amid heightened tensions between the two sides, not so much on the Nagorno Karabakh front, butContinue Reading

Azerbaijan’s Defence minister Gen Zakir Hasanov visited the villages in the southwest of the country last week, just kilometres from the line-of-contact and the Iranian border.  Hasanov visited the village’s memorial to servicemen killed during the April clashes of 2016, special attention from Azeri official media was put on theContinue Reading

In the statement, Azerbaijan’s State Border Service (SBS) mentioned that Armenian troops stationed at at outposts near the village of Zorakan fired on Azeri positions near the the village of Ikikji Sikhli, wounding an Azeri border guard.  Azeri officials stated that heavy machine guns were fired on their positions, promptingContinue Reading

Today, the Defence ministers of Azerbaijan(Zakir Hasanov), Georgia (Levan Izoriya) and Turkey (Hulusi Akar) met for trilateral talks in at the Heydar Aliyev Conference Hall in the city of Gabala, Azerbaijan.  The three discussed issues on regional security, NATO, trilateral military cooperation. In his speech, Turkish minister Hulusi Akar highlightedContinue Reading

The continuation of events surrounding the Azerbaijan-Georgia border dispute have yet to die down. The dispute is focused on a monastery, called David Gareja by the Georgians and  Keshikchidagh by the Azeris. Georgia’s Independence day holiday on 27 May will be marked by activist visits to the monastery, as wellContinue Reading