Azerbaijan's SOCAR wants lower price for Greek gas grid deal

Azerbaijan's state energy company, SOCAR, plans to go ahead with a deal to buy Greek natural gas pipelines operator DESFA, but says that its price should be reduced, SOCAR's president said Sept. 5.

In 2013, SOCAR agreed to buy a 66 percent stake in the crisis-hit gas supply grid operator for 400 million euros ($446.3 million).

Energy Cooperation in Focus of Bulgarian Foreign Minister's Visit to Azerbaijan

Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, on an official visit to Azerbaijan, held talks with the country's President  Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Bilateral limks, energy projects and Azerbaijan's relationship with the EU were in the focus of Mitov's talks with Mamadyarov.

Turkish hoteliers accelerate promotional activities in new markets

Turkish hoteliers have sped up promotional activities in new markets in a bid to recover their expected losses in key markets, mainly European and Russian markets. 

The Hotel Association of Turkey (TÜROB) said the association recently attended tourism fairs to diversify their markets in places like Latin America, South Africa and Azerbaijan, in a written statement on April 18. 

Armenia, Azerbaijan trade accusations during cease-fire

Armenia and Azerbaijan on April 9 traded accusations over the shelling of each other's territory in violation of a days-old cease-fire aimed at halting a flareup of violence over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region.

The two former-Soviet neighbors exchanged fire overnight but there were no reports of casualties.

Azerbaijan opens probe against prominent writer

Azerbaijan has opened a criminal case against a prominent author who has been a target of a state-approved intimidation campaign after publishing a novel he says was intended to build bridges with arch-foe Armenia.

"Police launched a criminal case against me on hooliganism charges," Akram Aylisli, who has received threats and seen his books burned, told AFP on April 1.    

Azerbaijan frees prominent right activist, says lawyer

Azerbaijan on March 28 released from prison a prominent rights activist who had been jailed on economic charges which his supporters denounced as politically motivated, his lawyer said.

"Azerbaijan's Supreme Court ruled to replace Intigam Aliyev's initial seven-and-a-half-year sentence with a suspended sentence of five years," lawyer Javad Javadov told AFP.