Zakir Hasanov

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Zakir Hasanov
Zakir Hasanov meeting with Ali Shamkhani.jpg
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
22 October 2013
PresidentIlham Aliyev
Preceded bySafar Abiyev
Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
17 January 2003 – 22 October 2013
PresidentIlham Aliyev
Personal details
Zakir Asker oghlu Hasanov

(1959-06-06) 6 June 1959 (age 61)
Astara District, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materJamshid Nakhchivanski Military Lyceum
Baku Higher Combined Arms Command School
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
Branch/service Soviet Army
 Azerbaijani Land Forces
Years of service1980–present
Rank18.AzLF-CG.png Colonel General
Battles/warsFirst Nagorno-Karabakh War Second Nagorno-Karabakh War

Zakir Əsgər oğlu Hasanov (born 6 June 1959)[1] is an Azerbaijani politician and Colonel General who has been the Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan since 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on 6 June 1959 in the Astara District. He graduated from the Baku High Army Commanders School in 1980 as an Artillery officer before serving for five years from 1980 in the Soviet Armed Forces Units in East Germany. He spent the next eight years at the Altay Military Registration and enlistment office of the Siberian Military District as part of the Ministry of Defence of the USSR.

Political career[edit]

Hasanov (right) and Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu (right) during the opening ceremony of the Sea Cup competition of the International Army Games.

Following the fall of the Soviet Union, he then served for a decade with the Border Troops of the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan. He was then promoted to the chief of office of international relations of the State Border Service before being appointed Deputy Minister of Interior and Commander of the Internal Troops by a presidential decree on 17 January 2003, when he was also promoted to the rank of major-general four months later.[1]

Hasanov (far left) during a military parade in honor of the Day of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan in 2018.

He was previously the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.[1]

Defence Minister[edit]

Karabakh Conflict[edit]

Upon coming into office as the Minister of Defence, he made statements in regard to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This included saying that the Azerbaijani army was strong and disciplined as opposed to that of Armenia and that "the situation in the Armenian armed forces is disastrous. In case of war the troops of this country will escape from the field of battle."[2] He also told the European Union that his country would support liberating its lands peacefully but he emphasized that Azerbaijan reserves the right to liberate "its occupied lands," this came at the same time as E.U. Special Representative for the South Caucasus Philippe Lefort congratulated him on his appointment.[3]

During the 2016 April War, Hasanov stated that if shelling of Azerbaijani settlements by Armenian forces did not cease, Azerbaijan would consider launching an artillery bombardment on Stepanakert.[4] In April 2019, Hasanov warned that “If Armenians go on the offensive, it will give me the opportunity to meet with him Armenian Defence Minister David Tonoyan in Yerevan", implying an armed incursion.[5]

Representative functions[edit]

In October 2017, a garrison military parade of the Nakhchivan Garrison was held through the capital of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in honor of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the first military unit of the National Army, being attended by Defense Minister Hasanov on behalf of the national government.[6] He commanded the Day of the Armed Forces and Liberation Day parades on Azadliq Square in June[7] and September 2018, with the latter commemorating the centennial of the Battle of Baku. Hasanov represented Azerbaijan at the 2019 Pakistan Day Parade in Islamabad.[8] On 2 July 2019, on the instruction of President Aliyev, a delegation led by Hasanov visited Kima Davidovich (the mother of Belarusian-Azerbaijani soldier Anatoly Nikolayevich Davidovich) while she was being treated in a clinical hospital in Minsk, on the eve of his attendance at the celebrations in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Minsk Offensive.[9] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he represented President Aliyev at the 2020 Moscow Victory Day Parade on Red Square.[10]

Personal life[edit]

He is married with three kids. He is fluent in German, English, Russian and Turkish.


Orders and medals[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan". Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
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  4. ^ "Азербайджан может нанести удар по Степанакерту". Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  5. ^ 1news. "Закир Гасанов: «Если армяне перейдут в наступление, то я встречусь с Тонояном в Ереване» - ВИДЕО". (in Russian). Retrieved 17 December 2020.
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  7. ^ "Official web-site of President of Azerbaijan Republic - NEWS » Events". Retrieved 13 November 2020.
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  10. ^ Говорова, Алиса (18 June 2020). "Президент Азербайджана не приедет на парад Победы в Москву". Известия.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "MINISTRY OF DEFENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN". Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Silahlı Qüvvələrin bir sıra hərbi qulluqçuları təltif olunub". Trend News Agency (in Azerbaijani). 9 December 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by
Safar Abiyev
Minister of Defence