Putin and Aliyev hold talks in Baku
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev have held a one-on-one meeting in Baku today, the Kremlin press service reported.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in his speech welcomed his Russian counterpart and noted that his visit is of special character. "Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! Welcome! We are always very glad to see you here. Your visit is of special character. For the first time we attend the inter-regional Russian-Azerbaijani forum, which gathered a record number of participants - about a thousand people, which indicates a great interest in this event," the Azerbaijani president said.
At the same time, he focused on the fact that the current meeting of the presidents, which is second in a month, testifies to the level of Russian-Azerbaijani relations. "We are actively cooperating in the political sphere, as well as in the economic, transport, energy, humanitarian spheres - we see great progress in all areas," Aliyev said.
He also stressed that Russia is a very important and valuable partner for Azerbaijan, a friend, a neighbor, with which the highest level of relations was formed. "I think that in the coming years we will follow the path of building up our cooperation, creating even better conditions for the business structures of our countries and strengthening cooperation in all areas," the Azerbaijani President concluded.
Vladimir Putin, in turn, thanked Ilham Aliyev for the invitation to Baku and for the opportunity to visit the World Judo Championships. He also noted that their joint participation in today's meeting of the regions is also an important component of this short working visit.
In addition, he recalled that at the meeting in Sochi, the sides noted that the relations between Russia and Azerbaijan are developing positively both in the economy and in other spheres. "Now it's important to keep the momentum given by our interaction during your visit to Russia, and make work the documents signed. I think we will discuss it today," the president of Russia summed up.