Putin to visit Azerbaijan
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in September and October this year, aide to Russian president Yury Ushakov told "Izvestiya", AzerNews reported.
"President Vladimir Putin will pay a visit to Azerbaijan at the end of September and September 27-28, the head of state will attend a meeting of CIS leaders in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe. Vladimir Putin's visit to Uzbekistan is planned for October," Yury Ushakov said.
In addition, he said that by the end of the year Russia will host a trilateral summit with the participation of the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran.
"It's our turn to hold a meeting, we'll discuss it with colleagues when it is convenient for them," Yury Ushakov added.
Professor of the Western Caspian University, Fikret Sadykhov, stressed in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza that frequency of visits between presidents of the two countries show high level of strategic partnership between Russia and Azerbaijan. "This was stated during meeting in Sochi on September 1, and it's proved by numerous documents signed during visit of president Ilham Aliyev to Russia. We follow our commitments, and I think that Russian president demonstrates importance of development of our bilateral relations with this visit."
"Today, during period of geopolitical confrontation between Russia and the West, such close relations are very important in world politics. We have always attached great importance to top-level meetings between heads of state, where key issues of our bilateral cooperation are being discussed," he pointed out.
"I think that during talks in Baku presidents will talk about political processes and bilateral economic and energy projects. I believe that the Karabakh issue will be one of the most important on the agenda. As far as I know, many Russian experts praise our cooperation, especially in terms of searching new elements of mutually beneficial contacts in various fields, including military-technical cooperation," he noted.