Russia, Moscow, 7 April / corr. Trend R. Agayev/ The current Azerbaijan-Russia relations is developing in the format of strategic partnership and accounts for mutual relations between the two leaders of countries for the most part, said Elnur Aslanov, the Head of Political Analysis and Dateware Department of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration.
Unfortunately, there are still unsolved issues in bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Russia. However Baku believes that the modern peace policy - the policy of profitability in partnership, promises the establishment of mutually beneficial and mutually acceptable relations which will enable Azerbaijan and Russia to establish good neighbor relations we hope, said Aslanov.
Aslanov does not agree with the statements that the opinions of those in the Russian community whose position on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict do not meet interests of Baku are becoming more active. "There have always been people in the Russian community who are well aware of the realities of this conflict while there are also people who oppose them. I am very glad that Russia supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. This position embodies the relations between our countries," said Aslanov.
Aslanov does not believe in the appropriateness of statements by members of the Russian political circles which say that Russia will recognize the occupational regime in Nagorno-Karabakh. "These are nothing more than separate initiatives aimed at the popularization of some leaders," he said.
Commenting on the conference Azerbaijan 2008: Breakthrough held last week in Moscow Center of Carneagi, Aslanov said that it is the start for intellectual discussions in the development of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is a key geopolitical player in the region and the country has fast economic and political rates. "Therefore, our task is to inform an international community, Russian public, Russian intelligentsia and scientific circles of the realities that exist in modern Azerbaijan at present," he said.
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