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In April the foreign policy agenda of Azerbaijan was dominated by the first formal meeting between Aliyev and Pashinyan in Vienna. In spite of happening in a positive and constructive environment, this meeting is considered inconclusive with no tangible results.
In March, to the great surprise of Azerbaijani people and the international community, 400 people including 51 political prisoners were released. The economy agenda of the country was dominated by the meeting of Azerbaijan and Russian ministers over gas issues.
(Українська) В феврале правительство Азербайджана приняло решение увеличить размеры минимальных зарплат и пенсий. Однако данное решение вместе с изменениями в Налоговом кодексе и ростом акцизного сбора на импортные товары привело к росту уровня инфляции. 14 февраля в стране ввели упрощенную электронную систему сельского хозяйства.
In January, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan revealed its ultimate goals for 2019 and clarified what was achieved in the previous year. The foreign policy agenda of the country was dominated by the unofficial meeting of President Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan.
In December, President Ilham Aliyev approved the state budget for 2019. Although revenues increased by 3.5% compared to 2018, the state budget deficit is expected to widen
Minsk hosted the Munich Security Conference Core Group meeting from October 30 till November 1. This choice of location is itself a bad omen for Eastern Europe.
In November, foreign policy agenda was dominated by President Aliyev’s visit to Belarus and the memorandum signed between Belarus and Azerbaijan on purchasing military equipment and improving military-technical cooperation.
Azerbaijan’s domestic agenda was dominated by the Sixth International Humanitarian Forum, which drew 581 representatives from 86 countries and 24 international organizations to Baku in late October.
On August 12, after years of discussion, the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea was finally signed in Aktau, Kazakhstan.
The Constitutional Court verdict regarding the dollar-denominated loans, taken out before the devaluation of manat, has driven the borrowers into despair. Meanwhile, the country’s foreign policy was dominated by reciprocal visits of Azerbaijani and Russian leaders.
Releasing Mammadov before Merkel’s visit the government was trying to prevent possible criticisms about political prisoners
During the demonstrations, two high-ranking police officers were stabbed to death, 40 demonstrators detained
In 2018, the main challenge for Azerbaijan is maintaining recovery momentum and reinforcing economy’s resistance to external shocks
Negotiations on the base agreement between EU and Azerbaijan are still underway
European parliament is calling for an investigation into the case of alleged corrupt relations between Azerbaijani and Council of Europe officials
The increased development of relations with the EU have played an important role in the release of the jailed activists
Last standing independent media outlet Turan is closed in Azerbaijan after the arrest of its editor Mehman Aliyev
Energy ties became the decisive factors for the post-Soviet countries in their decision to take a path either to Moscow or towards the Western, liberal democracies
The Azerbaijani domestic agenda in May was yet again overshadowed by the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Azerbaijan drops out of negotiations on buying a share of Greek national gas transmission system operator DESFA
Russia delivered a new batch of modern weapons and military equipment to Azerbaijan.
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board votes for the suspension of Azerbaijan’s membership
In February Azerbaijan experienced the first signs of economic recovery: following oil prices, national currency rate went up. Meanwhile, new appointments and structural changes promise the intensification of reforms
The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh dominated the public agenda again
Human rights issues created complications for the relations between Western Countries and Azerbaijan