Russian president meets Azerbaijani counterpart at Ulyanovsk airport
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev arrived to Ulyanovsk today. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met the head of state at the airport, RIA Novosti reported.
Both presidents will hold a short round of talks in Ulyanovsk and discuss urgent issues of mutual cooperation, as well as international problems, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The presidents will also lay a wreath on a monument to Azerbaijani ex-President Heydar Aliyev in a city square of the same name.
As first deputy chairman of the Soviet Council of Ministers, Aliyev headed a state commission to salvage a ship wrecked on the Volga in 1983, as a result of which 176 people were killed.
A monument to Heydar Aliyev was erected in Ulyanovsk in July 2008 upon the initiative of the All-Russia Azerbaijani Congress. The town planning board decided to name the square where the monument stands in Aliyev's honor in September 2009.