With about 7 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, Azerbaijan ranks 18th in the world in terms of oil wealth. The main investments belong to SOCAR. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Like other energy producers, Azerbaijan has felt an immediate impact from global economic volatilities in recent years, experiencing economic turmoil and a hard-currency crunch and even seeking assistance from the International Monetary Fund. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Video shows Turkish and Azeri nationals ‘looking for Armenians’ in France. The Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States, has been the main mediation platform in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Turkey and Azerbaijan often describe their relationship as “one nation, two states,” but their economic exchanges have remained relatively small despite their close political and ethnic bonds. The Independent Union of Police Commissioners (SICP) also shared footage from an incident in Vienne, a town located 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Lyon. In normal times, the country produces 17 billion cubic meters of gas per year. In 1988, the region’s ethnic Armenian majority demanded that the territory be transferred from Soviet Azerbaijan to Soviet Armenia. Most of the oil is exported to other countries. We are here… sons of b*****s”. In contrast, Azeri direct investments in Turkey stood at nearly $6 billion in 2019, accounting for 4% of the foreign direct investment stock in the country. Baku is keen to move forward by reducing its reliance on Russia; hence it is looking for Turkish and European support. The predominance of Shiite Islam in Azerbaijan may not be exactly to the liking of Turkey’s government, but Erdogan's ambitions aim at stronger bonds with Baku and increased cooperation in the development and marketing of Azerbaijan’s energy wealth. About 1 million Azeri nationals traveled to Turkey in 2019, while the number of Armenian visitors has stood at less than 60,000 per year, with most of them coming via Georgia to work in unregistered jobs in Istanbul, reportedly often at businesses owned by Turkey’s ethnic Armenians. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan view the disputed area, which is an Armenian-controlled breakaway region located inside internationally recognised Azerbaijan, as their own. A demonstration of support for Armenia led to the blocking of the A7 motorway. Turkey’s energy purchases from Azerbaijan remain relatively low as well, mainly because of its long-term contracts with Russia and Iran. Exports to Azerbaijan, including military sales, represent only 1.3% of all Turkish exports. Azerbaijan’s oil and natural gas potential has yet to be fully developed and utilized. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is purportedly keen to gain influence in the Caucasus, but will Moscow allow a rival player in its backyard? Where are you? "An investigation is opened of the count of violence with weapon, entrusted to the police officers of the highway CRS," said Audrey Quey, prosecutor of the Republic of Vienne. The SICP said: “That evening at Vienne, Turks lead a punitive expedition in search of Armenians in the city. 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The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Clea Skopeliti. Its natural gas reserves amount to 991 billion cubic meters, the 25th largest in the world. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Scores of people, reportedly Turkish and Azerbaijani nationals, took to the streets of Lyon on Wednesday night, allegedly “looking for Armenians”, according to videos shared on social media. It follows clashes at a demonstration that left four injured . Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. The clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia flared up in late September, threatening to spill over beyond traditional theaters of war into Azeri cities and Armenian territory. The two crossings on the 325-kilometer (200-mile) frontier — Armenia’s gateway to the West — were shut in 1993 as a gesture of solidarity with Azerbaijan after Armenian forces seized Nagorno-Karabakh, an Azeri territory with an ethnic Armenian majority. The three-decade settlement efforts, however, have proved futile. The process eventually resulted in a contested independence referendum and war. Turkey has openly thrown its weight behind Azerbaijan in the Azeri-Armenian flare-up over the long-disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, in what is widely believed to be an attempt to extract concessions from Russia, the “big boss” of the region, in simultaneous conflicts in Libya and Syria. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? You’re now subscribed to Al-Monitor. Thursday 29 October 2020 15:29. All rights reserved. Though Russia has been uncharacteristically low key thus far, it sees Armenia as a natural ally and Armenia is limited in what it can do without Russian acquiescence. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Moscow has traditionally steered the country’s energy wealth, both before and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The country’s population numbers some 10 million and has a GDP per capita of about $5,000 — a figure that hardly reflects its natural riches. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Azerbaijan’s energy-dominated exports are worth some $15 billion per year, with Turkey second only to Italy among the top buyers. Four were wounded after violence broke out, including a 23-year-old man who was hospitalised after received a hammer blow. Turkey’s imports from Azerbaijan were limited to $411 million last year, while its exports were worth $1.8 billion. Whether Ankara can turn the Azeri-Armenian crisis into an opportunity despite Russian and Iranian clout in the region remains to be seen. SOCAR owns an array of other energy enterprises in the country and is the majority stakeholder in the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline — a major project completed last year to carry Azeri gas to Europe via Turkey. In the eleventh century the “Tūrān defeated Ērān” and a broad wave of Oghuz Turks flooded first Khorasan, then all the rest of Iran, and finally Anatolia, which they made a base for vast conquests. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. © 2020 Al-Monitor, LLC. Plus get access to seven years of our archives. It follows clashes at a demonstration that left four injured, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. The country’s gross domestic product per capita was less than $4,000 in 2019. The Azeri economy relies heavily on the production and export of energy. They cross paths with and attack a crew of the National Police of Isère. In the same piece of footage, a man can be heard saying in French: “Where are you Armenians?
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