Azerbaijan, Baku /Trend/ The broadcasting of the Russian RTR Planeta TV channel in Azerbaijan's territory was ceased from 1 January 2008. Despite the talks which commenced in summer 2007, the sides could not reach an agreement. As a result, the National TV and Radio Council of Azerbaijan made a decision ceasing the broadcasting of the channel in Azerbaijan's territory.
On 13 December 2007 the meeting of the Azerbaijani-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission reached an agreement to determine the mechanism of the mutual broadcasting of the VT channels. According to the plan, an agreement was prepared on broadcasting of RTR Planeta TV channel in Azerbaijan's territory and broadcasting of Azerbaijan's State AzTV1 channel in the territory of Russia.
The Russian side expressed its readiness to conclude an Inter-State agreement on mutual broadcasting of the TV channels. However, the Russian side stated that it is not prepared to sign a technical agreement. The Russian side required a relevant license from the Azerbaijani side. According to the Russian legislation, 50% of the investments allocated by the founder of the TV channel for the broadcasting in Country's territory should belong to Russian capital.
Azerbaijan suggested the broadcasting of AzTV initially in the cities of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Derbent, Makhachkala, Samara, Kazan, Krosnodar, Perm, Astarkhan, Volgograd and Rostov.
The talks between Russia and Azerbaijan on mutual broadcasting of the VT channels commenced in June 2007.