President Aliyev: Azerbaijan, Russia have mutual understanding on many issues
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin.
The president said the visit of Rogozin created a good opportunity for reviewing the agenda of the issues of the bilateral relations between the two counties. President Aliyev noted the effectiveness of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission, saying it fulfilled a number of tasks. The president said both countries characterize the bilateral relations as strategic ties, and described this as recognition of joint achievements in the bilateral cooperation.
President Aliyev said Azerbaijan and Russia had active political relations, and underlined regular ties between the presidents. The president said they discuss many important issues with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin both during their personal contacts and phone conversations, adding that there is mutual understanding on a number of issues. Touching upon the bilateral trade between the two countries, President Aliyev said active work is being carried out towards increasing the export of Azerbaijani products to Russia.
The president said Azerbaijan is interested in the Russian exports` occupying one of the important, even top places in the country's import. Saying that the cooperation between the two countries is successfully developing in all fields, the president said Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the bilateral relations in political, economic, energy, military-technical and humanitarian spheres.
The president pointed to the creation of a format of cooperation between relevant bodies on the regional scale. President Aliyev said regional forums are being held, adding that there is positive dynamics in this regard. Emphasizing that the two countries` political leadership gave impetus to this process, the president said relevant authorities of Azerbaijan and Russia are working in one direction.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin said: "Dear Mr President, I would like to underline that despite the global economic crisis in recent years and the known processes on the energy market, our Joint Intergovernmental Commission managed to expand cooperation. Today we see that the contacts between the two presidents not just increased, as apart from bilateral relations they already embrace the whole spectrum of regional affairs."
Dmitry Rogozin said the threats existing on the international arena, in the Middle East, including terrorism, are among important issues discussed at the regional level. Saying that the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan currently enjoyed the highest level of the bilateral relations, Dmitry Rogozin said the Joint Intergovernmental Commission was discussing the issues of the expansion of the ties in a variety of areas, including economy, culture and education.
He emphasized Azerbaijan's supporting Russia at a time when the country faced sanctions, and hailed the increase in the export of Azerbaijani agricultural products to Russia. Dmitry Rogozin said Azerbaijan's agricultural products were widely popular in Russia, adding that special warehouses were built for storing these products.