Azerbaijani Speaker: No unsolved issues between Russia and Azerbaijan
Russia and Azerbaijan are strategic partners. There are no unsolved problems between them, Chairmen of the Federation Council Sergei Mironov and the Azerbaijani Parliament Oktay Asadov said at a meeting today, ITAR-TASS reported.
"Azerbaijan is a strategic partner in the Caucasus. We are bound by a relationship of trust", Mironov said.
There are no unsolved issues between Russia and Azerbaijan, Asadov said. Russia is the only neighboring country to which we have no issues, including borders," he said.
The two sides drew attention to the close economic cooperation.
About 500 companies with Russian capital operate in Azerbaijan, Asadov said. He also drew attention to the fact that the republic have relations with 30 Russian regions.
In his turn, Mironov has invited Azerbaijani politicians and businessmen to visit Baikal Economic Forum in Irkutsk in September. "We will present a lot of effective investment projects of the regions there. It will help to strengthen inter-regional contacts," he said.
Asadov also stressed that Azerbaijan is paying great attention to study the Russian language.
Important joint activities, including the participation of Patriarch Cyril, are held in the country.
More children have been admitted to the first forms of schools studying the Russian language for the last two years, head of the Azerbaijani Parliament said.
About 50 schools have the project of thorough studying of the Russian language. It is planned to develop this process, including the universities.
First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, Alexander Torshin, who heads a group of observers from the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, thanked Azerbaijani colleagues - members of the group for their active work at the elections in the Commonwealth countries, including Ukraine.
Mironov expressed readiness to send observers to the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan November 7, suggesting "any format of observers - from the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly or the Federation Council upon the invitation and proposal of the Azerbaijani parliament. "We never play up in the assessment of the elections. We evaluate them objectively and without bias," Speaker of the Federation Council said.