The coronavirus has continued to spread rapidly, and President Ilham Aliyev put the blame on residents who don’t wear masks.
Several countries in emerging Europe have re-imposed lockdowns and border restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus after reporting spikes in new infections.
The move would sideline Iranian gas sales to the Azerbaijani exclave and help Ankara get back in Washington’s good graces.
Surge in new COVID-19 cases in Caucasus, Moldova and Poland, while fresh outbreaks in Balkans show virus not yet under control.
The road, slated to be built next year, promises to further complicate ongoing peace negotiations with Azerbaijan.