Azerbaijani Politics 11 january — 23:25

Ilham Aliyev: New perspectives are opening up that we... could not imagine before


As has been reported earlier, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin have held a bilateral meeting in Moscow today.

Welcoming Ilham Aliyev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin said:

Ilham Heydarovich, I would like to welcome you in Moscow and thank you once again for accepting the invitation to come to the Russian capital.

Of course, the serious situation and difficult developments in Nagorno-Karabakh were the most important events of the past year. But I would like to express satisfaction with the fact that we still managed to stop the hostilities, the bloodshed. And, as we have just said regarding our work today, the peacekeeping mission is fulfilling its function and the situation in general is gradually coming back to normal. I believe it is very important that today we worked out a joint statement based on a striving to settle the situation for the long-term.

But beyond the events linked with the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, we also have a bilateral agenda. In this context, I would like to note once again and to express gratitude to you for our joint efforts to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. This was a momentous event for our countries, for all countries in the post-Soviet space, because we were fighting for the freedom and independence of our common homeland.

Today, relations between Russia and Azerbaijan are making steady headway. This primarily concerns the economic component. We have many areas of cooperation and many similar interests in the economy.

I am hoping that overall our efforts to settle the situation in the South Caucasus will also be useful for our bilateral ties, as I have mentioned. I believe this settlement will help us promote our relations and make them even more consistent not only in the economy but also in the humanitarian field.

I would like to thank you again for being in Moscow today.

President Ilham Aliyev said:

Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich.

It is always a pleasure to be in the capital of Russia, and I would like to once again express my gratitude for the invitation, as well as for the initiative to hold a trilateral meeting. It turned out to be very useful and, I think, fruitful, because at the end of the meeting we came to sign a statement.

This is the second statement signed two months after the end of the war and which essentially draws a line under what happened last year. The statement is aimed at creating a completely new situation in our region, unblocking transport communications. This is of great importance for us, because in this way, after more than 30 years, Azerbaijan will have a connection with the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of the Republic of Azerbaijan using transport communications through the territory of Armenia. Armenia will have a railway connection to Russia and Iran through the territory of Azerbaijan. Also, through the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, we will have access to the Turkish market, and also the Turkish and Russian railway arteries will be connected. That is, this statement opens up great prospects.

I am sure that the working group that we have created today will work effectively and periodically report to us on the implementation of projects. There is not one project - several. I am sure that all of them will be implemented.

I would like to express my gratitude to you once again for your personal participation in stopping hostilities and signing the Statement of November 9. I believe that you, as the leader of Russia, as a neighbour of both Armenia and Azerbaijan, have once again demonstrated will, determination and wisdom. And today's meeting on your initiative shows once again how much attention you pay to this issue. Naturally, this makes us very happy, because the positive dynamics of the development of the situation in the entire region will largely depend on the settlement of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which has already remained in history. Completely new perspectives are opening up that we, perhaps, could not even imagine before.

With regard to bilateral relations, despite a difficult year associated with the pandemic, our decline in trade turnover is not very significant. I am sure that this year we will make up for it all. And there is a very large, extensive agenda, including in the economic sphere. In the political sphere, Azerbaijan and Russia have long been strategic partners, and Russia's active participation in ending the war, as well as in the peacekeeping mission, indicates precisely that these relations are ones of strategic partnership, long-term, which have very good dynamics.

You noted the humanitarian cooperation between our countries. It has always been distinguished by great sincerity, efficiency and also focus on specific results. And in all other areas, we are committed to very effective cooperation this year and in subsequent years.

The situation that developed between Armenia and Azerbaijan and has been developing over the years was eventually resolved. I am sure that there will be no attempts by the Armenian side to revise the Statement of November 9, so that both peoples find the will and wisdom to think about the future and about reconciliation.

Thanks again for the invitation and for this initiative.

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