Goods movement across Azerbaijani-Russian border to be accelerated

The movement of goods across the Azerbaijani-Russian border will be accelerated, Trend reports with reference to the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (Rosselkhoznadzor).

According to Rosselkhoznadzor, negotiations between the Deputy Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Anton Karmazin and the Deputy Head of the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan Rashad Mafusov took place at the site of the temporary storage warehouse of Southern Customs Terminal VIADUK LLC.

During the talks, measures were developed to speed up the movement of goods across the Russian-Azerbaijani border (the Yarag-Kazmalyar multilateral vehicle checkpoint).

The authorities of the two countries agreed on the required average daily rate of vehicles passing through the checkpoint, taking into account its reconstruction. The parties came to an agreement on a unified approach to the registration of phytosanitary certificates by the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan and the verification of these documents by the Federal Customs Service of Russia.

Azerbaijani colleagues have expressed interest in speeding up the quarantine phytosanitary control in respect of regulated goods to the temporary storage warehouse of Southern Customs Terminal VIADUK LLC.

In turn, the Russian side recalled the possibility of supplying fruit and vegetable products by rail, and noted that the throughput of such movement of goods is much higher than when they are imported by road.


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Russia offers Azerbaijan to switch to barcoding for fruit, vegetables exports

The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control of Russia (Rosselkhoznadzor) has offered the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan to switch to GS1 barcoding standards when labeling containers for the export of fruits and vegetables, Trend reports with reference to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

According to Rosselkhoznadzor, in particular, the deputy head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Anton Karmazin suggested that the Azerbaijani side, when integrating the information systems of the phytosanitary services of the two countries, switch to the GS1 barcoding standards for labeling packages with fruit and vegetable products.

He noted that with such coding, a barcode is applied to the package, when reading it, it is possible to get basic information about the cargo, in particular, about its manufacturer, the date of production, as well as a number of other information.

At the moment, in the case of mutual deliveries of regulated articles from two countries, such a coding system is not used, only a label containing basic data about them is applied to the goods.

Deputy head of the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan Rashad Mafusov said that the department will consider the proposals voiced by the Russian side.


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Mikheil Saakashvili not to be treated abroad – Georgia’s minister

Georgian doctors do have sufficient competence to provide the ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili with everything necessary, thus, consultations to take the patient abroad and continue his treatment there have not been conducted, the Georgian Minister of Health Ekaterina Tikaradze said, Trend reports via Georgian media.

Saakashvili is undergoing rehabilitation at the Gori military hospital after a 50-day hunger strike. The ex-president was transferred there from the prison hospital in Tbilisi on October 20.

Georgian government accused Saakashvili of illegal crossing of the Georgian border and several criminal offenses such as the violent dispersal of anti-government mass protests in 2007, raiding of Imedi TV channel by riot police, illegal take-over of the property, and other crimes, which led to his arrest in Tbilisi on October 1.

According to Ekaterina Tikaradze, the discharge of ex-president Saakashvili from the hospital and his return to the prison is currently not planned.

“At this stage, his discharge is not planned, since, besides ending his hunger strike, he needs to undergo other procedures. It is important that he be fully restored, only after that his discharge will be possible,” Tikaradze said.


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Georgia releases COVID-19 data for December 4

Georgia has reported 3,950 new COVID-19 cases, 2,014 recoveries, and 40 deaths over the past 24 hours, Trend reports via the Georgian government’s StopCov website.

A total of 54,482 tests have been conducted over the past 24 hours throughout the country. Among them, 32,510 tests were rapid, while the remaining 21,972 were PCR tests.

Georgia’s total case tally reached 861,883, among them, 801,864 people have recovered and 12,298 have died.

There are 35 people quarantined, 6,528 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized. Some 1,155 asymptomatic and mild symptom patients are placed into government-assigned facilities.

As of December 4, more than 2.2 million people got the COVID-19 vaccine, and 11,889 were vaccinated over the past 24 hours.


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Iran also to be able to take advantage of Zangazur corridor – ex-Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan

Iran will also be able to take advantage of the Zangazur corridor, Former Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pakayin said, Trend reports citing Iranian media outlets.

The ex-ambassador said that the Zangazur corridor is considered a part of East-West transport corridor and its restoration will not affect the Iranian-Armenian border.

Pakayin also pointed out the positions of various Iranian officials also show that Tehran is not opposed to the restoration of traditional roads left over from the USSR era, but is even positive about it.

“If relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia improve and traditional roads are used peacefully, security in the region will increase, and thus, we will witness the restoration of security on Iran’s joint borders with Azerbaijan and Armenia,” Pakayin noted.


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MFA reveals reason why Armenia-Azerbaijan ministerial meeting didn’t take place

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has commented on the reasons why the meeting with the Armenian side did not take place in Stockholm, Trend reports.

“A few hours before the meeting scheduled for December 3, a provocation was committed from the Armenian side. Information was disclosed about the illegal visit of Armenian MPs to the territory of Azerbaijan. Thus, the Azerbaijani side didn’t consider it expedient to hold a meeting of the ministers of the two countries in Stockholm in response to this provocation,” Leyla Abdullayeva, spokesperson for the ministry, said.

Abdullayeva reminded that on December 2 – 3, Stockholm hosted the 28th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Ministers of the OSCE countries, in which Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov took part.

“Before the meeting, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs made a proposal to hold the next meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Stockholm. Azerbaijan is a supporter of the dialogue. At previous meetings in New York, Minsk and Paris, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister brought to the attention of the opposite side the position of Azerbaijan in connection with the issues of normalizing relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the post-conflict period. However, on December 3, a few hours before the scheduled meeting, a provocation was committed from the Armenian side. Information was spread about illegal visits by Armenian deputies to Azerbaijani territories,” she said.

“Therefore, the Azerbaijani side, in response to this provocation of Armenia, considered it inexpedient to hold a meeting of the foreign ministers,” Abdullayeva said.


Source: Trend News Agency