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Trans-Caspian International Transport Route may become alternative to Suez Canal

The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route came in the spotlight after one of the world’s largest container ships, Ever Given, lodged in the Suez Canal, halting maritime traffic for a week and causing billions of dollars in losses, Caspian News writes. The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe, with about 12 percent of total global trade moving through it

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Turkey-Azerbaijan trade to reach $15B

An increase in the mutual investments and commissioning of a free trade agreement (FTA) could easily pave the way for Turkey and Azerbaijan to reach as much as $15 billion (TL 121 billion) in bilateral trade volume, Turkey’s Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said Friday. Pekcan's remarks came as she and the accompanying delegation arrived in Baku to meet with Azerbaijani officials and hold talks on bilateral relations, Daily Sabah writes

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Azerbaijan and China: reasons for  mutual interest

April 2 marks the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Azerbaijan. The two countries know that they need each other, and as worthy and trusted members of the international community, they honestly and conscientiously fulfill all their obligations towards each other. In particular, Azerbaijan and China recognize each other's territorial integrity and wholly reject separatism, CGTN writes

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Nakhchivan prepares South Caucasus for railway revolution

A new rail line connecting Azerbaijan with its exclave of Nakhchivan promises to revolutionize transportation in the Caucasus and could have broad ramifications further afield, David O’Byrne, an Istanbul-based journalist who covers energy, writes for Eurasianet. In February, a camouflage-clad Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev laid the foundation for a new 100-kilometer stretch of railroad across southern Azerbaijan, along the Iranian border, in territory that Azerbaijan took back from Armenia after the war last year. “This railroad has enormous strategic significance,” he said

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Azerbaijan may become link between Turkey and China

Ankara appears to be reconsidering its previous feeble attempts at staking a place on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Eurasainet writes.  In 2015, Turkey proposed itself as the starting point for a "Middle Corridor" – stretching through the Caucasus and Central Asia – on the BRI, calling it the fastest route between China and Europe. Turkey worked with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to facilitate trans-Caspian Sea routes and opened the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway across the Caucasus in 2017

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Turkey outfoxed China and becomes rising Eurasian power

Turkey's decision to provide an unprecedented level of military assistance to Azerbaijan empowered Baku to achieve a resounding victory in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War, changing the geopolitical rules of the game in the South Caucasus. …

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Who will benefit from building Nakhichevan corridor

From the perspective of Eurasian connectivity, the Nakhchivan corridor could become part of both north-south and east-west transport corridors that get through the South Caucasus, writes Orkhan Baghirov, a leading advisor at the Center of Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center) in Baku

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Taleh Ziyadov: "The opening of all communications between Armenia and Azerbaijan will boost the economic significance of the region as a whole"

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire that grants Turkey joint monitoring rights. This framework formalises cooperation between the two regional powers, a development that has significant political implications for Georgia, the US, and the EU, former Georgian Ambassador to US Tedo Japaridze writes in the article Can Armenia and Azerbaijan win peace together? for Brussels Morning

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Turkey to connect with Iran and Pakistan

The governments of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan will revive a transnational rail service linking Istanbul, Tehran and Islamabad in 2021. The ITI transnational railroad is expected to enhance connectivity with China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by providing a rail connection between China and Turkey

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Turkey intends to become Asia-Europe transit hub

In a major milestone, the first train carrying goods from Turkey to China reached its destination Saturday, Turkey's transport and infrastructure minister said. "Announcing Turkey's power in logistics to the world from every city it passed through, the China Export Train is our victory in rail transport," Adil Karaismailoğlu wrote on Twitter

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Turkey to build railway to Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan exclave

Ankara has announced plans to build a new railway link from Turkey to the landlocked Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan, which would expand cargo and passenger transportation in the region and boost capacity of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railroad

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