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Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 13
By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:
The Azerbaijani and Russian defense ministries signed a cooperation plan for 2015 in Baku Oct. 13.
The document was signed by Azerbaijani and Russian Defense Ministers Zakir Hasanov and Sergei Shoigu.
"The document envisages the military-technical cooperation, joint military exercises and training of qualified personnel in the field of defense," Hasanov said at the signing ceremony.
According to the plan, in 2015 Azerbaijani servicemen will be sent for training to the Russian military schools, while Russian servicemen - to the corresponding schools of Azerbaijan.
"Special attention is paid to the regional security, in particular in the Caspian Sea," he said. "According to the plan, the joint military exercises - command-staff and strategic will be held between the Navies of Russia and Azerbaijan in 2015."
"According to the plan, Azerbaijan is expected to purchase the Russian-made modern military weapons and equipment in accordance with the state program on providing the army with weapons," he said.
Shoigu thanked his Azerbaijani counterpart for the invitation. He said that Azerbaijan and Russia established very strong partnership in all spheres, particularly in the military area.
"High-level meetings held in Astrakhan and Minsk testify to this," Shoigu said.
He expressed the hope that further cooperation will be also fruitful and the signed plan will be the basis of this cooperation.
The sides also exchanged views on the current situation in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.