Putin: Russia hopes for further co-op with Azerbaijan in all spheres
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 20
Russia hopes for further work with Azerbaijan in all spheres of cooperation, said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev in St. Petersburg June 20, Russia 24 TV channel reported.
“The problem for which we have gathered is known: it is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict inherited from the past,” said Putin. “But I would like to take the advantage of our meeting to talk about our bilateral relations as well.”
“First of all, against the background of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which has just wrapped up, I would like to note that due to the known reasons, unfortunately, we see a certain decline in trade turnover,” said Russia’s president.
The lower oil prices, as well as the exchange rate difference have led to the decrease of trade turnover, said Putin.
He also expressed intention to discuss the humanitarian aspects of the bilateral cooperation.
“We are aware of Azerbaijan’s care to the study of Russian language and we know how successfully the branches of our universities operate [in the country],” said Putin. “We praise all this and I hope that this work will continue in all spheres in the future.”