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Ilham Aliyev called Russia close friend (Updated)

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President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, at a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow, thanked the Russian side for help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the supply of the Sputnik V vaccine.

"I would like to thank you for your help in the fight against coronavirus. We have already received more than 200 thousand doses of the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia, and deliveries are still pending. I know that there are a lot of applicants, because this vaccine has proven its effectiveness," said Ilham Aliyev, quoted by TASS.

The President of Azerbaijan expressed understanding that "it is very difficult to have time to provide everyone with a vaccine": "But as friends and as partners, I would like to once again express my gratitude for being in the forefront among vaccine recipients."

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Azerbaijan is committed to ensuring that the period after the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is as painless as possible. This was stated by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"We are determined to ensure that the post-conflict period proceeds as painlessly as possible, and I think we succeed in doing this with our common efforts," said Ilham Aliyev, quoted by TASS.

Ilham Aliyev expressed gratitude to Putin for his constant attention to the situation around Karabakh and "personal participation in solving very important issues." "We are in constant contact over the past eight months after the end of hostilities. Because our personal communication in Moscow in January and by phone played a very important role in stabilizing the situation," the head of the Azerbaijani state stressed.

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Russia and Azerbaijan are actively cooperating in the fight against the pandemic, including working together to launch the production of vaccines against coronavirus in the republic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev, which took place in Moscow on Tuesday.

"We are now cooperating more and more actively in the fight against coronavirus," the Russian leader said, drawing attention to the fact that more than 100 thousand doses of Russian vaccines against coronavirus have already been delivered to Azerbaijan, TASS reports.

"And we are working to expand production on the territory of Azerbaijan," he said.

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Economic relations between Russia and Azerbaijan are actively recovering after the crisis associated with the pandemic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

"Our relations are recovering after the coronavirus, I mean, first of all, the economy. Last year there was a certain decline, now there is a steady growth, recovery. Russia is confidently one of the leading places in the economy, and the intergovernmental commission is actively working with us," Putin said Noting that the countries have many areas of cooperation, Russia plans to send a representative delegation to Azerbaijan in the near future.

"It will be a mixed group in different directions, I mean industry, transport, infrastructure, and some other issues," the President of the Russian Federation added.

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During the meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia, Vladimir Putin thanked Ilham Aliyev for finding compromise solutions on Karabakh.

"Of course, one of the most important issues remains the issue of resolving the situation in the region. I know that you, of course, pay great attention and importance to it. And I want to thank you for finding compromise solutions," Putin said at the beginning of the meeting with the Azerbaijani a colleague in the Kremlin, RIA Novosti reports.

"They are always the most difficult. But if we want, and we all want a settlement, we must follow this path. So far we have been able to do it," Putin added.

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Today, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev arrived in Russia on a working visit at the invitation of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

At the Moscow international airport Vnukovo-2, President Ilham Aliyev was met by Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrei Rudenko and other officials, AzerTAc reports.

At present, a meeting is being held between the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

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