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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev thanked his Azerbaijani counterpartfor support in putting out the fires that hit Russia in August 2010,RIA Novosti reports.He also said that two other Russian regions have since been hit.Medvedev said at a news-conference that they would work on repairingthe damage.

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The first ladies of Azerbaijan and Russia, Mehriban Aliyeva andSvetlana Medvedeva have met, News Azerbaijan reports, citing thepress-service of Heydar Aliyev Fund.Mehriban Aliyeva, the wife of the Azerbaijani president, president ofHeydar Aliyev Fund, Ambassador of Goodwill of UNESCO and ISESCO,deputy of Azerbaijani parliament, welcomed the first lady of Russia,Svetlana Medvedeva.

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Russian showman Valdis Pelsh will no longer be able to visitAzerbaijan. He took part in the concert and celebrations onAzerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh.According to Armenian media, there were celebrations in Khankedi,Nagorno-Karabakh, on September 2nd due to 19th anniversary of thebreakaway.The father of Russian singer Philip Kirkorov, Bedros Kirkorov, wasalso performing at the concert.

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The presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan, Dmitry Medvedev and IlhamAliyev, note the importance of the Russian leader's visit to Baku indeveloping ties between the two countries, News Azerbaijan reports.Aliyev characterized the ties as "honest, good-neighbourly relationsbetween strategic partners". Medvedev agreed.Medvedev said that constant meetings between the two presidents inMoscow, Baku and other summits are a guarantee of strong ties.

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A mosque in the Lyankyaran region, south Azerbaijan, was attacked onFriday, and one person was killed, News-Azerbaijan reports, citingpolice.The armed assailants arrived from the neighbouring region of Masallinand opened fire at the people in the mosque. Two suspects have beenarrested, but their names have not been released

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Russian president Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Azerbaijan today on anofficial visit. From the airport the delegation headed to the MemorialAlley to pay his respects to the national hero, Heydar Aliyev, and laya wreath at his tomb. The Russian leader will then visit the Alley ofthe Fallen and lay a wreath at the Eternal Flame.The official part of the visit will take place on the 3rd of September.

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The Azersun Holding group company, which greatly supports Azerbaijan'seconomy, has opened tea-products factory in Belorchensk, Russia,reports Trend.The foundation for a new jam and conserve factory has also been laid.According to the chairman of the company's board of directors, the teafactory and the plant being built are good examples ofRussian-Azerbaijani cooperation.The plant covers a territory of 5 hectares. Tomatoes, cucumbers andother fruit and vegetable conserves are planned to be produced there.

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Ramadan will be celebrated on September 9-10 this year, reports Trend,referring to information from the cabinet of ministers of therepublic.The holiday of Gurban Bayramy, or Eid al Adha, will be celebrated onthe 16th and 17th of November.

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The co-chairmen of the Minsk group of the Organisation for Securityand Cooperation in Europe are going to visit Baku on the 7th ofSeptember, reports Trend, referring to the French co-chairman, BernardFasie.According to him, it will be a regional visit and after Baku they willhead to Nagorno-Karabakh and then on to Yerevan. The details of thevisits are being discussed.

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On the path to a strategic partnership

The visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Azerbaijan is to play a significant role in the development of bilateral relations and to consolidate the positive trend of the last two years. Russia and Azerbaijan, supported by the positive relationship of their leaders Ilham Aliev and Dmitry Medvedev, have managed to take a serious step towards a strategic partnership. The visit, in the context of the difficult situation in the Caucasus, will demonstrate that the positions of the two countries coincide a lot on several issues.

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A trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkeyand Iran is planned at joint borders of the three countries, TurkishMinister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Davutoglu said, News Azerbaijan reports, citing 'Zaman'newspaper.The goal of the meeting is the improvement of cooperation.Davutoglu noted that Armenia will also be able to utilize thepotential developing regional and economic cooperation as soon as itabandons its policy of occupation against Azerbaijan.

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Alexander Khloponin, the Russian presidential envoy to the NorthCaucasian Federal District (NCFD), met Azerbaijani Premier ArturRasi-zade in Yessentuki, as part of the delegation of RussianPresident Dmitry Medvedev, the press-service of Khloponin reports.

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Scandal for the sake of scandal

The Dagestanian newspaper "Present Time" noted that Mahir Shukyurov, the Azerbaijani defender from Anji Makhachkala, didn't turn, like all his team and their competitors, to the Russian flag during the national anthem before their match with Sibir.

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The Heydar Aliyev Fund has presented Ulyanovsk with a modern school,AzerTag reports.The president of the fund, UNESCO and ISESCO goodwill ambassador,deputy of the Azerbaijani parliament and wife of the Azerbaijanipresident, Mekhriban Aliyeva, was personally supervising the work atSchool No78, within the framework of the project ‘Support forEducation’.

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This month, 30 territorial police departments in Georgia will startworking in new offices, Georgia Online reports.Three new police offices have been opened in Kvemo Kartli - in Koda,Kachagani and Shulaveri. The offices have modern equipment.Minister of Interior Affairs Vano Merabishvili and the governor ofKvemo Kartli David Kirkitadze were at the opening ceremony.Later in September new offices will open in Mtskhet-Mtianeti, ShidaKartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kakheti, Imereti, Guria and Samegrelo.

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The head ofLUKOIL Vagit Alekperov will not resign, considering hisgoals in the largest Russian private oil company unaccomplished. Hesaid in an interview to the newspaper ‘Vedomosti’ that he needs tocomplete structuring of the company and development of the newstrategy, which he characterized as “maximum profit, efficiency anddevelopment”.Alekperov said that he is not looking for a successor yet.

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Today in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, the opening ceremony of StateFlag Square took place, reports 1news.az. The world highest flagpole(162 meters) has been constructed in the square by Trident Support.

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Traffic movement in several streets in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku is to be restricted on September 2-3 due to the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the State Traffic Patrol Department said, reports ANS. Drivers are requested to use alternative routes.

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