Azerbaijani National Guard

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Azərbaycan Milli Qvardiyası
Azerbaijani National Guard
Members of the Azerbaijani National Guard raisinf the Olympic Flag.
Active December 25, 1991 - present
Country 23x15px Azerbaijan
Allegiance Azerbaijan
Branch Special State Protection Service
Size 2,500[1]
Headquarters Baku
Battles/wars Nagorno-Karabakh War
Colonel-General Vagif Akhundov (chief of SPSS)

The Azerbaijani National Guard (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) is a paramilitary force in Azerbaijan. The Internal Troops is under the authority of the Government of Azerbaijan [2] and operates as a semi-independent entity.[3] The Azerbaijani National Guard was definitely active in December 1996 but has been united into the Special State Protection Service.[4] The guard was established on the December 25, 1991.[5]

The Special State Protection Service (SSPS) of Azerbaijan is a military unit directly under the authority of the President of Azerbaijan. Its responsibilities include the protection of the President of Azerbaijan, the protection of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan (Parliament), the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, the Constitutional Court, the Central Election Commission and other public bodies as well as the protection of important foreign leaders visiting Azerbaijan.

One of the most important tasks of the SPSS is the safety of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan petroleum and natural gas pipeline and the South Caucasus petroleum pipeline. NATO is supporting the service with several helicopters and military vehicles in order to protect the pipelines.[6]

During wartime, the Azerbaijani National Guard operates together with the Azerbaijani Land Forces, and can be involved in local defense and security of the country, along with the army.[7][8]

Other law enforcement bodies in Azerbaijan include the Internal Troops of Azerbaijan and the State Border Service of Azerbaijan and its Coast Guard branch.

Related pages


  1. Балансируя между войной и миром (Russian)
  2. "Today.Az - Interior Troops are not subordinate to Ministry of Emergencies".
  3. Heydar Aliyev's Heritage International Online Library: Speech by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, the High Chief in a ceremony marking the 5th anniversary of the founding of the National Guard - National Guard headquarters in Azerbaijan, 25 December 1996 (Russian)
  5. "Republic of Azerbaijan - Special State Protection Service".
  6. "NATO to supply Azerbaijan and Georgia with new technical equipment".
  7. Azərbaycan Respublikası Milli Qvardiyasının yaranmasının 5-ci ildönümü (Azeri)
  8. Milli Qvardiyanın 10 yaşı tamam oldu (Azeri)