Azerbaijani Politics 26 november — 15:42

Aliyev told Putin that Azerbaijan will deepen relations with Russia (Video, Photo, Updated)

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Azerbaijan is committed to raising the level of bilateral relations with Russia in all directions, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in Sochi at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'We are very pleased with the dynamics of bilateral relations. We have resolved a lot of issues in a bilateral format, and today we characterise our relations as relations of strategic partners. This is not just a phrase, it really is so. We are committed to raising the level of our relations in all areas,' said Ilham Aliyev.

The head of the Azerbaijani state stressed that bilateral trade is growing, there is a very great mutual interest in economic cooperation, including among business circles: 'Of course, we are very pleased that relations cover many areas. We are currently implementing 7 road-maps in almost the overwhelming majority of spheres -- economy, transport, humanitarian cooperation.'

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The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia is growing, there is an economic interest of business circles. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said this at a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

At the same time, Vladimir Putin said that the volume of trade between the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan, despite the coronavirus pandemic, increased by 11%. 'Our strategic partnership is developing very successfully. Suffice it to say that despite all the pandemic issues and restrictions in the economy associated with this, nevertheless this year, for 9 months of this year, the volume of our trade increased by 11%. This is a good indicator,' RIA Novosti quotes Putin's words.

Putin also thanked Ilham Aliyev for supporting the Russian language in Azerbaijan: 'I want to thank you for the attention you pay to the development of the Russian language, maintaining it -- 304 schools or even more... 340 teach Russian, 34% of Azerbaijani schoolchildren study in one way or another in Russian.'

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Ilham Aliyev said that he highly appreciates the role of Vladimir Putin and the Russian peacekeepers in maintaining peace in Karabakh and hopes to continue this work next year, TASS reports.

The head of the Russian state said that trilateral negotiations with the participation of the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan are needed in order to create conditions for a settlement in Karabakh so that people can live in peace. 'Here our peacekeepers also play a positive role, the Russian-Turkish ceasefire control centre is actively working. Unfortunately, there are problems and incidents. Unfortunately, there are still casualties. But that's what we got together for. To see what has been done and what needs to be done by everyone, so that not only nothing of the kind arises, but on the contrary, conditions are created to calm the situation and develop the situation in the region of such a quality that would allow people to live in peace and countries to develop,' said Putin.

Bilateral negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev began in Sochi. This was announced to reporters on Friday by the Spokesman for the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.

'President Putin has just begun a conversation with Azerbaijani President Aliyev in Sochi. At the end, we will expect a meeting between Putin, Aliyev and [Armenian Prime Minister Nikol] Pashinyan,' TASS quotes Peskov as saying.

After that, Putin will have a separate conversation with Pashinyan, said the Kremlin spokesman.

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A bilateral meeting between President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has begun in Sochi, informs Azerbaijan State News Agency.

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