Azerbaijan’s ruling party: Russia intensifies efforts to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 6 / Trend M.Aliyev /
The election of Vladimir Putin as president will expand the relations between Azerbaijan and Russia in economic, political, humanitarian and other spheres, Deputy Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), MP Mubariz Gurbanly told the party's official website.
Presidential elections were held in Russia on March 4. According to the CEC, PM Vladimir Putin gained 63.6 per cent of votes and thus won the presidential race. Leader of the Russian Communist party Gennady Zyuganov gained 17.18 percent of votes, self-nominated Mikhail Prokhorov - 7.98 percent, head of the Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky - 6.22 percent, leader of the "Fair Russia" Sergei Mironov - 3.85 percent of the vote.
The relations between the two countries are at the level of strategic partnership, he said.
The MP noted the new head of state will adhere to the same position in Russia's foreign policy.
Gurbanly believes Putin will pursue a pragmatic policy to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"On his initiative Russia will intensify its efforts in the negotiation process to resolve the conflict. I think that on the initiative of Russia's new president serious decisions related to the settlement of the conflict may be taken. Our expectations for the problem are associated with the restoration of justice, and here the position of Russia is of particular importance," the Deputy Executive Secretary of the NAP stressed.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. - are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.