BAKU (RFE/RL)–A small explosion was reported near the US embassy in Baku on August 8–Interfax reported. No one was injured–nor was the building damaged. Turan the next day cited a district police official as saying the explosion occurred when teenagers set fire to an old TV set.
Earlier the same day–President Gaidar Aliyev returned from a state visit to the US–which Foreign Minister Hasan Hasanov characterized as a "breakthrough" in bilateral relations. He added that relations between Washington and Baku have reached the stage of a "strategic partnership," ITAR-TASS reported on August 9.