Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 3 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
Russia welcomes Azerbaijan's joining the UN Security Council.
The issue shows Russia's work in this direction, Russian Foreign Ministry official representative Alexander Lukashevich said at a weekly briefing, Channel 24 reported.
"Baku will receive dividends," he said. "They are linked to the priorities of the Azerbaijani leadership. As far as I know, our Azerbaijani colleagues are very interested in conducting the targeted consultations through the foreign ministries of our countries."
Azerbaijan was elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2012-2013, gaining 155 votes from the UN member countries.
Before the last round of voting, Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar announced the withdrawal of his country's candidature as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. In the round prior to this statement, Azerbaijan gained 116 votes, and Slovenia only 77.
In the last round 155 countries voted for Azerbaijan, 24 countries abstained and another 13 still voted for Slovenia.
Overall Azerbaijan gained more votes than Slovenia in previous six voting rounds, but was unable to collect 129 votes necessary for the election.