Last year, the oil-rich ex-Soviet Caspian nation produced about 4.5-5 billion cubic meters of gas and imported approximately the same amount from Russia. This year, the country will fully satisfy its own gas needs and next year it will produce more than 16 billion cubic meters, the president said. That means more than 6 billion cubic meters could be eligible for export.
Energy supplies from Azerbaijan's Caspian fields are playing an increasingly important role in the region, as Russia has hiked prices for its natural gas.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge