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.
19-20, 1990, Azerbaijan was invaded by 26,000Soviet troops. After blowing up the national television transmission block and imposing an immediate informational blockade on the entire republic, the Red Army rolled its tanks through the streets of the Azeri capital Baku, indiscriminately firing at everything that moved.
Turkish soldiers assigned to work in a joint Turkish-Russian Karabakh peace monitoring center arrived in Azerbaijan on Tuesday ... The Turkish NTV television channel earlier reported about the dispatch of the republic’s servicemen to Azerbaijan.
Shakdher turned nostalgic about television news and said ...Ghose set about professionalising DD News, putting in motion a process to hire 50-odd journalists to report for the national television network ... DD was told not to show images of the violent stir in the SovietAzerbaijan, because MoscowTelevision wasn’t showing scenes of violence in Kashmir.
AGHJABADI (Azerbaijan) ... In a televised address on Tuesday, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev celebrated the dawn of “a new reality” ... Nagorno-Karabakh broke from Azerbaijan’s control in a war after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union that left some 30,000 people dead.
If I have to leave, I will burn everything.” ‘New reality’ In a televised address on Tuesday, Azerbaijan’s PresidentIlham Aliyev celebrated the dawn of “a new reality” ... Nagorno-Karabakh broke from Azerbaijan’s control in a war after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union that left some 30,000 people dead.
Images released by Azerbaijan's defence ministry showed troops deploying into the district overnight, some scanning for landmines on snow-covered roads ... In a televised address on Wednesday, Azerbaijan's PresidentIlham Aliyev congratulated his people, saying Kalbajar had been "liberated".