Baku, Azerbaijan, May 9
Russia's President Vladimir Putin congratulated Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the victory in Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
"I sincerely congratulate you on the 71st anniversary of the victory in Great Patriotic War," said Putin's message to President Ilham Aliyev.
May 9 is the glorious date of the common history of Russia and Azerbaijan, Putin said.
"This day will forever remain as a symbol of unity and unprecedented heroism of our peoples, who fought shoulder to shoulder against fascism on the battlefields and worked selflessly in the rear for the sake of victory," added the president.
"I am confident that the time-tested ties of friendship will continue to serve as a solid basis for the strengthening of the Russian-Azerbaijani strategic partnership," said Putin.
Putin also requested to convey all veterans living in Azerbaijan the most sincere words of gratitude, wishes for health, happiness and long life.