New Russian Government Activities May Cause positive Changes in Azerbaijani-Russian Relations: MP

Politics Materials 26 September 2007 11:24 (UTC +04:00)
New Russian Government Activities May Cause positive Changes in Azerbaijani-Russian Relations: MP

Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend I.Alizade / Activities of the new Government in Russia may cause positive changes in relations between Moscow and Baku, Evda Abramov, a member of the working group Azerbaijani-Russian inter-parliamentary relations, said in Baku on 25 September.

"Activities of the newly formed Russian Government do not harm relations with Azerbaijan. In this case it is possible to speak about positive changes," MP said.

On 24 September the Russian President confirmed a new composition of the Government headed by Mikhael Zubkov. The former Prime Minister Mikhael Fradkov resigned in mid September. Afterwards the Russian President signed an act of resignation on the staff of the Government.

Abramov noted that the President takes a key role in regulating bilateral relations. In this case the Russian Government will fulfill instructions of President Vladimir Putin, who is interested in relations with Azerbaijan.

"At present, relations between Azerbaijan and Russian are not at an ideal level. Trade and economic relations are developing and goods turnover between the two countries are increasing. Unfortunately, it cannot be said the same is happening in relation to political relations.

Azerbaijan's major expectation from Russia is related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. However, having tremendous opportunities Russia is unwilling to act as 'conductor' in resolution of the problems and state its position.

The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of Armenian Forces. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time active hostilities ended. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.