The Russian language is becoming more popular in Azerbaijani schools, but unlike before now studying the language will be optional, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said at a briefing in Moscow, Vesti television channel reported.
"The Azerbaijani Education Ministry provides support and equipment for Russian cabinets. If the project is successful, then the number of the pilot schools may be increased in the future," he added.
He said the Russian Embassy and representation of the Russian cooperation center in Azerbaijan also support such projects.
"Courses where teachers will refresh their Russian language skills will be organized in Baku and other cities. These projects will be conducted in close cooperation with the Azerbaijani Education Ministry," he said.