(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 23. President of the
Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
Speaking at the meeting, President Ilham Aliyev said:
- Dear Sergey Viktorovich, I am very pleased to see you again.
Welcome! On the eve of your visit, I remembered our previous
meetings with both you and the President of the Russian Federation.
The signing of the Declaration on Allied Interaction in Moscow
earlier this year gave a good start to our relations, a new stage
in our relations, such a positive harmony and dynamics. I believe
that this key document for the future development of our relations
is a wonderful result of long-term and very fruitful cooperation. A
lot has already been done to implement provisions of the
declaration. I am confident that new steps will be taken in this
direction during your visit. It is noteworthy that in the 30th year
of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries,
we have summed up all the work done and identified further
directions for the development of friendly and good-neighborly
We can talk a lot about our relations. We have repeatedly
exchanged views on this issue. I would like to reiterate my
satisfaction with the development of political relations, permanent
dialogue at the highest level, trade and economic relations, which
have shown good dynamics this year, cooperation in the fields of
transport, energy and, of course, the humanitarian sphere. In other
words, it would be easier to list areas we do not have close
interaction in. Of course, the Declaration on Allied Interaction is
a very important step in our bilateral relations, and as I have
already said, it will determine the development of our
Today, of course, we will talk about the situation in the
region, the post-conflict situation, the process of normalization
of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. You are aware of our
position. This position is aimed at establishing long-term peace in
the region. I am confident that our efforts will be positively
perceived by Armenia and many years of confrontation will end. Our
proposal to start work on a peace agreement remains unanswered, but
we still hope that this proposal will be accepted.
Among positive developments, I would like to point to the
intensification of the work of the trilateral working group chaired
by the Deputy Prime Ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. A
new meeting was held in St. Petersburg recently. We do hope that
tangible steps will be taken to implement the November 2020
Declaration in the context of opening communications, ensuring the
unimpeded delivery of Azerbaijani cargo and citizens to the
Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. This is a legal obligation of the
Armenian side. Unfortunately, more than a year and a half has
passed since the end of the second Karabakh war, but this paragraph
of the Declaration has not been implemented yet. I think that it
will be possible to take many tangible steps within the framework
of our concept to normalize the situation as a whole. Of course, we
look forward to the active efforts of the Russian Federation to
establish lasting peace in the Caucasus.
Welcome again. I wish you a pleasant time.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said:
- Thank you very much, dear Ilham Heydar oglu.
First of all, I would like to convey to you the most sincere
greetings and best wishes on behalf of Vladimir Putin. He also
highly appreciates the results of your visit and all aspects of our
bilateral relations, our confidence-based talks on the regional and
international agenda. Of course, the main outcome of the visit was
the adopted document – the Declaration on Allied Interaction. In
general, this document establishes a new quality of our relations,
the positive experience gained over all previous years. We are
determined to fulfill the instructions of the two Presidents to
implement this Declaration, to implement it in sectors, and to
implement other agreements at a practical level.
The intergovernmental commission at the level of deputy prime
ministers is active. As you said, the turnover was at a record
level last year – about $3.5 billion. This is not the limit, there
are new plans at the level of both our governments and regions.
More than 70 regions are involved in cooperation with Azerbaijan. I
was told that delegations from Udmurtia, Bashkortostan, Perm and,
of course, the Astrakhan region, which has special relations with
Azerbaijan, visited your country this year alone.
In the 30th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations
between our countries, a program of significant measures is being
implemented. More than 20 different events are planned, some of
which have already been organized, whilst the rest will be held
before the end of the year. These events are well received by our
citizens. This emphasizes the mutual aspiration of our peoples, the
commonality of our cultures and historical memory. Of course, we
appreciate the attention being paid to the Russian language in
Azerbaijan, and you talked about that with President Putin.
As for regional issues, we are ready to do everything possible
to facilitate the implementation of the three documents signed by
the three leaders in November 2020, January and November 2021.
According to our assessment, there is some progress in the
activities of the tripartite working group on the opening of
communications. We are discussing the issues to be agreed with the
Armenian side. It seems to me that a general idea is being formed
on how to solve the problem of organizing this work so that there
are no artificial obstacles to the movement of cars with maximum
comfort. Russia will help in this until the results are achieved. I
do hope that this will happen soon. We are also ready to provide
consulting services on the work of two commissions established for
the delimitation and demarcation of borders in Azerbaijan and
Armenia in accordance with other agreements. There are specific
proposals on this. I would be glad to discuss them with you.
You mentioned the normalization of relations, the peace
agreement and provisions of the future agreement submitted by you.
By the way, we have heard that the Armenian side, Prime Minister
Pashinyan, is ready to hold talks on this issue. We are ready to
help here with the consent of Azerbaijan and Armenia. Of course,
other international forums with the participation of Azerbaijan and
Russia, such as the UN, the OSCE and the Caspian Five, all these
places, as they say, already allow us the opportunity to develop
the outlines of our interaction. Exactly a week later, the next
summit of the Caspian Five will be held in Ashgabat. We are also
actively preparing for it. My colleague and friend Jeyhun Aziz oglu
and I discussed the results we could offer for the approval of the
Thank you again for the invitation and traditional hospitality.
The head of state thanked for the greetings of Vladimir Putin
and asked the minister to convey his greetings to President of the
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