Putin to visit Baku on September 25
Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to visit Azerbaijan on September 25, Leonid Kalashnikov, chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, said.
"Presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia, Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin, will hold a working meeting on September 25 during Russian leader's visit to Baku," Report.az quoted him as saying. Heads of state will discuss "issues that they weren't able to during September 1 talks in Sochi," Kalashnikov noted.
According to political scientist, Rovshan Ibrahimov, Vladimir Putin's return to Azerbaijan will be a continuation of his meeting with Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev in Sochi.
"It should be noted that meetings between heads of our states have become frequent. This shows positive trend in strengthening Russian-Azerbaijani cooperation. Around 17 economic and political documents were signed in Sochi, and then Putin met with new leader of Armenia Pashinyan, so it's possible that Russian president will propose to hold various meetings at the level of heads of states between Armenia and Azerbaijan," he noted.
"Presidents will also probably talk about Russia-Iran-Azerbaijan trilateral meeting and implementation of the North-South project. Both sides have political will at the highest level to implement this project, which can really improve trade and economic relations between three countries, as well as, for example, India, where the North-South begins, and the EU countries," he stressed.
Head of the Expert Council of Baku Network, Elkhan Aleskerov, stressed that Azerbaijan expects that this visit will helpt to strengthen foundation of relations and continue strategic cooperation between two countries.
"Right now Baku is at the center of one of the main geopolitical projects, interesting for Russia, Iran, and many other countries. I'm talking about the North-South transport corridor, which will help to improve relations between Caspian states in the long-term. So President Putin will discuss this topic, as well as issues that are relevant for Russia within Russia-Azerbaijan-Iran and Russia-Azerbaijan-Turkey trilateral formats, as well as talk about stabilization of situation in the South Caucasus," he said.